Yes! You read right. As Linux is known for performance, stability and security but now it is also known for gaming. There are hundreds of games for Linux and so many Windows games have been ported for Linux. But we have so many Linux distros, specially developed for gaming. In this article, I'm going to list out 6 Best Linux for gaming. Hope you enjoy it!
Linux used to be only Command Line based operating system, then it had a basic GUI. But today we have advanced desktop environments such as KDE Plasma etc. Now gaming is another achievement on Linux. We have a pile of awesome Linux games.
Linux gaming started from one of the most popular gaming platform Steam. Initially, It was only an app to play excellent games on Linux but today we also have a complete Steam OS dedicated for gaming on Linux. We'll have more to read on Steam OS & free steam games in the list. But now We don't have only Steam OS for Linux gaming, but, we have a collection of nice Linux operating systems for game lovers. The best part of gaming Linux distributions is that users don't have to setup extra tools for gaming. So let's get started with the list of 6 Best Linux for Gaming. Remember, most of the Linux distributions come with some common tools & apps for playing games, only the desktop environment may differ or more drivers to support more hardware.
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After this list, please take the poll below and tell us which one you like the most in this list. If you like any other Linux for gaming, then let us know in the comment section in the last of this article.
Well, the first one has to be SteamOS. SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution that comes with Valve's Steam app to let you play all Steam games. Steam OS graphical environment is GNOME, a popular desktop environment which is highly customised in Steam OS to look even prettier. It supports Keyboard and Joystick so a perfect solution for gaming lovers.
SteamOS also supports desktop mode but you'll need to enable it from Steam Settings Menu. Goto Settings > Interface and check "Enable access to the Linux desktop". Now the exit button will have an additional option to switch to the Desktop.
Steam is equipped with large numbers of games categories, from Racing, Strategy, Action to First person shooter etc. Steam provides new games regularly so if you don't find your favourite games, just wait, probably the team is working to take it in for you. Steam also has large number of free to play games. Some of the best free steam games are Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Adventure Capitalist, Radiator 2 and alot more.
SteamOS System Requirements
2. Ubuntu GamePack
As the name suggests that Ubuntu GamePack is a Ubuntu-based Linux distribution. It has been my favourite for providing large number of Games. Unlike Steam OS, Ubuntu GamePack does not only come with Steam but Lutris, PlayOnLinux and Wine to play Windows games on Linux. Ubuntu GamePack is a complete Linux distribution which means you can install any other software packages as you need.
PlayOnLinux provides more than 747 Windows games. Wine lets you install Windows games and applications so if you have got Windows game setup, just open it with Wine. Another platform Lutris was included in Ubuntu GamePack 14.04 for game and manage.
GamePack System Requirement
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3. Play Linux
Play Linux is another Ubuntu-based Linux for gaming. The team intends to provide an easy to setup playing environment, no need to walk around or dual booting with Windows. Play Linux comes with NVIDIA and AMD drivers support. The distribution is still in Beta condition but quite stable. Still, you should use it carefully and should always expect some bugs.
Play Linux uses Cinnamon desktop environment so is easy to use. As other gaming Linux distributions, it also comes pre-installed with Wine, Winetricks, PlayOnLinux and Play Linux Kosmos.
Play Linux System Requirements
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4. SparkyLinux GameOver
SparkyLinux GameOver is a gaming edition from SparkyLinux. It is based on the stable branch of Debian and uses one of the lightest desktop environments, LXDE. LXDE is known for its simplicity and lightning fast speed. GameOver is full of classic games and gaming consoles. If you love to play classic games then it is a distro for you. Though there is a very small collection of applications but tons of games to enjoy in Sparky.
SparkyLinux gaming Linux is also stocked with Steam, PlayOnLinux and DOSbox. So besides pre-installed games, you are also equipped to install Steam games and play DOS games with DOSbox.
SparkyLinux System Requirements
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5. Fedora Game Spin
Who does not know Fedora? The gaming spin of Fedora is built for gamers with some inbuilt games and tools to install more games . Fedora Game Spin is the largest in size (4GB) among all we have mentioned in this list. Some popular Linux games pre-installed are Battle for Wesnoth, FreeCiv, Scorched 3D, SuperTuxKart and Nethack. Due to size constraint, Steam and PlayOnLinux are not pre-installed but available in the repository. The default repositories also have large number of games so you can directly install games from repositories.
To make Fedora Game spin faster, it arrives with Xfce lightweight desktop environment.
Fedora Game Spin System Requirements
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6. GS Voyager
Currently, I'm using GS Voyager and it's worth trying out. It is based on Xubuntu. Other than gaming it includes useful applications to perform day-to-day tasks. But talking about gaming, GS Voyager comes pre-installed with 8 games and Steam, Wine-Staging, Winetricks, Gnome twitch for games walkthrough and DJL Game manager.
Tons of game walkthrough with GNOME Twitch.
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And that's all for this list. I know you found most of the tools common between all these gaming Linux distributions but that's not a negative side. All these gaming linux have different desktop environments, some have lightweight but some don't so choose one that can work with your machine. The gaming Linux distributions come with most of the drivers you require to play games such as Joystick driver etc.
It is like plug-and-play with gaming Linux distributions. Ofcourse you can make any other Linux distrbution for your gaming but you'll have search and download gaming drivers which is time consuming.
Lastly, don't forget to take the poll above to tell us which one is your favourite out of this list. If you like any other Linux distribution for gaming then please let us know in the comment section below.