Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play



  • Two excellent reasons for moving all my home gear to Linux are really heating up.

    1. It's awesome practice and experience in solving problems that is directly career goal related

    2. Windows 10 is a disaster and there is no change on the horizon

    So is there anyone out there that has taken the leap? Anything I should know before I do it? Tips? Tricks? Thoughts?



  • There are a lot of games available on Linux. Steam has, probably, the most extensive library available. http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=&sort_by=_ASC&os=linux&page=1. I had Steam working pretty well on Mint but it really seems like it works best under Ubuntu. As to your reasoning, and because this is an ML thread it deserves to go off the rails a bit.

    1. It really isn't, the Linux Desktop doesn't really exist in the enterprise (It does but the real value would be working exclusively in the CLI on Application and Server tasks)
    2. What are your issues with Windows 10? There are some privacy concerns that I have but all in all it is rock solid and worthy successor to Windows 7.


  • @coliver said in Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play:

    There are a lot of games available on Linux. Steam has, probably, the most extensive library available. http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=&sort_by=_ASC&os=linux&page=1. I had Steam working pretty well on Mint but it really seems like it works best under Ubuntu. As to your reasoning, and because this is an ML thread it deserves to go off the rails a bit.

    1. It really isn't, the Linux Desktop doesn't really exist in the enterprise (It does but the real value would be working exclusively in the CLI on Application and Server tasks)
    2. What are your issues with Windows 10? There are some privacy concerns that I have but all in all it is rock solid and worthy successor to Windows 7.

    lol I expect it to go off the rails, I know what and who I'm dealing with 😃

    I was thinking about Mint if we're going to get into distros

    1. I'd take it on as a challenge and use the CLI for as much as I could to get more experience with it. Just having to live in it would help and boost my confidence if nothing else.

    2. Have you used it?! Data slurping at every turn. Moving towards Microsoft.com linked accounts (yuck!!). It costs money if you want to be honest about it. Control panel is getting fragmented with "settings". I could go on!



  • The biggest issue with the linux platform is that many game developers just won't port to Linux.

    So a lot of people keep a Windows system for gaming, and another for work.



  • Steam on Linux gets me about 1/3 of my 300 games library.
    Luckily many of those are crpgs. Shadowrun, pillars of eternity, Divinity all work. Rocket League is even just about to get released on steam for Linux. When that happens I might not be booting Windows for awhile.



  • You could also look at PlayOnLinux or Crossover.



  • @MattSpeller said in Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play:

    @coliver said in Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play:

    There are a lot of games available on Linux. Steam has, probably, the most extensive library available. http://store.steampowered.com/search/?term=&sort_by=_ASC&os=linux&page=1. I had Steam working pretty well on Mint but it really seems like it works best under Ubuntu. As to your reasoning, and because this is an ML thread it deserves to go off the rails a bit.

    1. It really isn't, the Linux Desktop doesn't really exist in the enterprise (It does but the real value would be working exclusively in the CLI on Application and Server tasks)
    2. What are your issues with Windows 10? There are some privacy concerns that I have but all in all it is rock solid and worthy successor to Windows 7.

    lol I expect it to go off the rails, I know what and who I'm dealing with 😃

    I was thinking about Mint if we're going to get into distros

    1. I'd take it on as a challenge and use the CLI for as much as I could to get more experience with it. Just having to live in it would help and boost my confidence if nothing else.

    2. Have you used it?! Data slurping at every turn. Moving towards Microsoft.com linked accounts (yuck!!). It costs money if you want to be honest about it. Control panel is getting fragmented with "settings". I could go on!

    I use it daily at home and work. None of those things really bother me, except obviously the data issues as I mentioned before, so I guess to each their own.



  • @coliver I use it daily at work and home as well. Growing increasingly fed up as this post may illuminate heh.



  • I use Linux for everything except gaming. Although I have Ubuntu on an Asus RoG so, in theory, could give it a try.



  • I'm with @coliver, overall I like Windows 10. I personally don't have the issues I see reported all over the place, but I also understand that I'm an techie - I don't do upgrade, only fresh installs - that alone helps immensely toward stability.

    that said, MS is driving me a bit crazy with all of the updates, most of which I could care less about.
    The fragmentation while a pain is just a muscle memory thing. Once I get used to the new way, there won't even be a second thought about it.
    Those that have problems with the fragmentation are generally those who rarely go into the control panel in the first place.



  • @Dashrender said in Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play:

    I'm with @coliver, overall I like Windows 10. I personally don't have the issues I see reported all over the place, but I also understand that I'm an techie - I don't do upgrade, only fresh installs - that alone helps immensely toward stability.

    that said, MS is driving me a bit crazy with all of the updates, most of which I could care less about.
    The fragmentation while a pain is just a muscle memory thing. Once I get used to the new way, there won't even be a second thought about it.
    Those that have problems with the fragmentation are generally those who rarely go into the control panel in the first place.

    Or use Powershell to do your management. I rarely interacted with control panel on Windows 8 and almost never do on Windows 10.

    I don't mind the updates. I made it so it never restarts without me telling it to and I shutdown after I'm done using it. At work we use the LTSB for a lot of our labs and that has worked really well for that.



  • @coliver said in Gaming on Linux - what is the state of play:

    You could also look at PlayOnLinux or Crossover.

    PlayOnLinux works well for some games, but not for others. I haven't used Crossover in a long time, so I can't speak to how well that one works.


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