etnos Jul 13, 2013 @ 8:45am
I want to install linux, What distro to pick?
Hi I don't want to pay for a windows licence ever again, I mostly play DOTA 2 and CS GO. I'm a graphic designer so I use mac at work.

I know Valve sponsor Unbutu distro, however I've been reading that unbuntu is not going to support the wayland graphic server. A couple of friends told me not to go unbuntu.. so I'm confuse now on what distro to pick.

The other possible issue is that I have an AMD 7870 card, I've read that AMD drivers work poorly on Linux.

What do you guys recommend, thanks!
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Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 8:51am 
i say Linux Mint Mate or Linux Mint Xfce it will be on the xserver for a long time
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Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:02am 
Heres a Video from youtube of Linux Mint MATE running TF2

http://youtu.be/AFsiuPsvMTA
etnos Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:06am 
Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
Heres a Video from youtube of Linux Mint MATE running TF2

http://youtu.be/AFsiuPsvMTA

Hey thanks a lot, do you know why valve is sponsoring Unbuntu? apparently this waylan lack of support its gona be an issue? is that true?
Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:31am 
Originally posted by Etnos:
Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
Heres a Video from youtube of Linux Mint MATE running TF2

http://youtu.be/AFsiuPsvMTA

Hey thanks a lot, do you know why valve is sponsoring Unbuntu? apparently this waylan lack of support its gona be an issue? is that true?

Wayland is not Lacking at all it run's well as a demo on Opensouce Drivers its even on working part wayland in KDE and Gnome, Mir is Lacking big time it only run's on intel Drivers, and Xmir on top of that and only Ubuntu is backing it, Steam on the other hand is for Linux not just Ubuntu, most all if not all Linux DE's will use Wayland Same go's for Linux distro there was no point in them making Mir at all. the huge amount of backers for Wayland is Unreal Even Kubuntu is going to use Wayland if Steam Backs Mir it will end of being bad for them a lot of users will go to mac or windows or just use wine

here's just a little list of Wayland backer's Developers Etc
http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?82250-Project-s-Developer-s-Backer-s-Supporting-Wayland
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kote-barbos Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:37am 
Steam works well with a lot of distros. But I think the best is using ubuntu. It has a lot of variants, like Xubuntu, Kubuntu...various Mint editions (I'm using Xubuntu). Also 7870 is is enought to play Linux games for a long time.
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Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:39am 
Originally posted by kot-barbos:
Steam works well with a lot of distros. But I think the best is using ubuntu. It has a lot of variants, like Xubuntu, Kubuntu...various Mint editions (I'm using Xubuntu). Also 7870 is is enought to play Linux games for a long time.
thats why i pointed him/her to Mint :) Mate and Xfce run will on amd Card's
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mvs.ty1adrhas Jul 13, 2013 @ 9:45am 
If you're migrating from Windows I would also suggest Linux Mint to you. I recommend to take a look at the different DEs (Desktop Environments) available. Just download each version and make a bootable USB drive or install them via VirtualBox so you can get an idea what the differences between MATE, Cinnamon, Xfce etc. are and which one you prefer.
I for myself am running Ubuntu, because I wanted to test Unity and I had problems with Cinnamon on Mint 14.

Because of your AMD card: Check out the Ubuntu forums (if you're going to use Mint) or just search the net. I didn't manage to get two identical cards on two machines working with the same tweaks so prepare for some work. But it's a good training for working with the terminal :)

Just my two cents: if you are a normal user, you probably won't care if Ubuntu will use Mir, Wayland or even something else. If you are concerned about the future for Steam on Linux because of the Wayland/Mir story, think about that: as far as logic goes, Canonical wouldn't deliberately anger someone as big as Valve (who they have a partnership with) and therefor they will have informed Valve about what is going to happen and support will continue (If the impact of Mir will even be this big..).

Have fun and welcome to Linux!
Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:02am 
Originally posted by ty1adrhas:
If you're migrating from Windows I would also suggest Linux Mint to you. I recommend to take a look at the different DEs (Desktop Environments) available. Just download each version and make a bootable USB drive or install them via VirtualBox so you can get an idea what the differences between MATE, Cinnamon, Xfce etc. are and which one you prefer.
I for myself am running Ubuntu, because I wanted to test Unity and I had problems with Cinnamon on Mint 14.

Because of your AMD card: Check out the Ubuntu forums (if you're going to use Mint) or just search the net. I didn't manage to get two identical cards on two machines working with the same tweaks so prepare for some work. But it's a good training for working with the terminal :)

Just my two cents: if you are a normal user, you probably won't care if Ubuntu will use Mir, Wayland or even something else. If you are concerned about the future for Steam on Linux because of the Wayland/Mir story, think about that: as far as logic goes, Canonical wouldn't deliberately anger someone as big as Valve (who they have a partnership with) and therefor they will have informed Valve about what is going to happen and support will continue (If the impact of Mir will even be this big..).

Have fun and welcome to Linux!
Cinnamon is not the best for AMD Card's
DeadWire Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:08am 
Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Linux Mint with MATE are all good choices for gaming, since, they are based on Ubuntu and have less bothersome desktops than Unity or Cinnamon and Gnome Shell all of which are prone to making some games tear for whatever reason (Like Rochard and Anna.....tho this might be because the Unity engine shuts off Vsync if it detects compositing on Linux, not 100% on that though.)
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DeadWire Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:14am 
Originally posted by Etnos:
Hi I don't want to pay for a windows licence ever again, I mostly play DOTA 2 and CS GO. I'm a graphic designer so I use mac at work.

I know Valve sponsor Unbutu distro, however I've been reading that unbuntu is not going to support the wayland graphic server. A couple of friends told me not to go unbuntu.. so I'm confuse now on what distro to pick.

The other possible issue is that I have an AMD 7870 card, I've read that AMD drivers work poorly on Linux.

What do you guys recommend, thanks!

Most of the other 'Buntus seem to be leaning tward Wayland....Kubuntu is for sure at the very least
etnos Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:16am 
Thank you all! for the help, I didn't even know you could install the core distro and then a UI package, that is badass.

Anyway, I'm liking Mint and the looks XFC or Mate, apparently this combo work just fine with my system. As I said my PC is mostly a DOTA 2 delivery device, so I'm leaning towards XFCE simplicity any advice with it?
Last edited by etnos; Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:19am
Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:17am 
Originally posted by Dead Wire:
Originally posted by Etnos:
Hi I don't want to pay for a windows licence ever again, I mostly play DOTA 2 and CS GO. I'm a graphic designer so I use mac at work.

I know Valve sponsor Unbutu distro, however I've been reading that unbuntu is not going to support the wayland graphic server. A couple of friends told me not to go unbuntu.. so I'm confuse now on what distro to pick.

The other possible issue is that I have an AMD 7870 card, I've read that AMD drivers work poorly on Linux.

What do you guys recommend, thanks!

Most of the other 'Buntus seem to be leaning tward Wayland....Kubuntu is for sure at the very least
we now have Wayland Shipping ;)
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQxMDA
kote-barbos Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:22am 
Originally posted by Etnos:
Thank you all! for the help, I didn't even know you could install the core distro and then a UI package, that is badass.

Anyway, I'm liking Mint and the looks XFC or Mate, apparently this combo work just fine with my system. As I said my PC is mostly a DOTA 2 delivery device, so I'm leaning towards XFCE simplicity any advice with it?
If you want using XFCE then my advice - just use Xubuntu. Don't forget to disable desktop effects to get good performance.
Last edited by kote-barbos; Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:35am
Doc Holliday Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:39am 
Originally posted by kot-barbos Linux:
Originally posted by Etnos:
Thank you all! for the help, I didn't even know you could install the core distro and then a UI package, that is badass.

Anyway, I'm liking Mint and the looks XFC or Mate, apparently this combo work just fine with my system. As I said my PC is mostly a DOTA 2 delivery device, so I'm leaning towards XFCE simplicity any advice with it?
If you want using XFCE then my advice - just use Xubuntu. Don't forget to disable desktop effects to get good performance.
Far as i know Xububntu is going to use Xmir that will end up bad do to it not working on any Driver's but intel's
kote-barbos Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:53am 
Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
i say Linux Mint Mate or Linux Mint Xfce it will be on the xserver for a long time

Originally posted by Doc Holliday:
Far as i know Xububntu is going to use Xmir that will end up bad do to it not working on any Driver's but intel's
wut?
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