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How good is gaming on Mint?

39 minutes ago, TwilightLink said:

Thanks for the answer!

I play online single player games, but some have online modes that i never used.

 

Yeah, I read about the AMD drivers being open source, I'm not planning on changing my card anytime soon (it still works perfectly fine for most games on low or medium settings) so I'll have to deal with nvidia for now

 

I'll search how to do that then

 

Never used Pop OS, only Ubuntu (years ago) and Mint, is it better for gaming?

Basically Ubuntu, Pop OS, and Mint are the same operating systems underneath the default Desktop Environment and stuff. It is just that Pop OS comes with the latest drivers out of the box. Mint and Ubuntu are equally capable of gaming. All you need to do is get the latest drivers, steam, and lutris and you will be all set. The lutris wiki contains excellent directions on how to get Ubuntu/Mint set up for gaming: https://github.com/lutris/docs/blob/master/InstallingDrivers.md . Also https://christitus.com/ultimate-linux-gaming-guide/ is good for tweaking. Add in Mangohud and you have yourself a fully capable gaming setup with Linux Mint.

 

Mint can be a great setup for gaming as long as the games you want to play work. Have a look at https://www.protondb.com/ and https://lutris.net/ for gaming compatibility lists. If most of your games work in Linux, it will work in Linux Mint. If you need help along the way, join the Lutris Discord (https://discord.gg/dmZuXw ) and Gaming on Linux Discord ( https://discord.gg/hf4ZNt ).

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello!

 

After having some weird problems with windows 10, I decided to format my pc and do a clean install, and since i've been using mint on an old pc for some time now, I decided that I can give a try as my main OS to see how it really goes.

I use my main pc for games mainly so I've been reading about using proton (I also watched the last video linus made on the topic), does anyone here have any experience running games like Skyrim or persona 4 on linux?

 

Also, I read that geforce drivers are problematic on linux, is that true?

 

Thanks for the answers!

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9 minutes ago, BlueScope819 said:

Watch.

 

Thanks for the answer!

 

I watched the video while researching, so I decided to ask people for their experiences with gaming on linux to have a better idea if it's really worth it or just reinstall windows once again

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Vanilla Skyrim SE is doable. Modded is another story.

I gave up trying to get SKSE64 working.

 

Never tried Persona 4.

 

Personally haven't had any issues with NVidia drivers.


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Thanks for the answer!

 

5 minutes ago, APasz said:

Vanilla Skyrim SE is doable. Modded is another story.

I gave up trying to get SKSE64 working.

I normally play Vanilla original Skyrim (not SE), so I guess it's ok then (if original can't work, I can try SE)

 

7 minutes ago, APasz said:

Personally haven't had any issues with NVidia drivers.

Awesome, that gives me hope then, although my card is kinda old by this point

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On 8/12/2020 at 8:37 PM, TwilightLink said:

Hello!

 

After having some weird problems with windows 10, I decided to format my pc and do a clean install, and since i've been using mint on an old pc for some time now, I decided that I can give a try as my main OS to see how it really goes.

I use my main pc for games mainly so I've been reading about using proton (I also watched the last video linus made on the topic), does anyone here have any experience running games like Skyrim or persona 4 on linux?

 

Also, I read that geforce drivers are problematic on linux, is that true?

 

Thanks for the answers!

Depends on the games you play. Most single player games work well on Linux. If you are big on multiplayer, try dual-booting.

Geforce Drivers are proprietary blobs. When you try to put something on top of the Linux kernel instead of in it, you get all sorts of issues. Certain DEs won't work with it and some weird issues can be experienced. There are the free noveau drivers but they have terrible performance. AMD has great free and open-source drivers on the other hand and actively contributes to it. Their free drivers as well as non-free drivers are very similar. They are supporting the free software ecosystem whereas, nVidia is full with corporate greed and deliberately makes it hard for the free drivers. Linus Torvalds and nVidia also have an interesting history.

 

Free software politics aside. If you pick up the nVidia image of Pop OS, it should work out of the box and all the games that work on Linux will run well. If you run Mint, you might have to add a PPA for the latest drivers and it will work great. It is only when free software matters to you or you tinker with your system, it is a problem. That is a deal-breaker for me but not for the average gamer.

 

If you want to use Linux long-term, I would still suggest getting an AMD card next time you upgrade unless nvidia fixes themselves and comes to their senses.

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Thanks for the answer!

4 hours ago, HotCheeseNachozAndBurritoz said:

Depends on the games you play. Most single player games work well on Linux. If you are big on multiplayer, try dual-booting.

I play online single player games, but some have online modes that i never used.

 

4 hours ago, HotCheeseNachozAndBurritoz said:

AMD has great free and open-source drivers on the other hand and actively contributes to it. Their free drivers as well as non-free drivers are very similar. They are supporting the free software ecosystem whereas, nVidia is full with corporate greed and deliberately makes it hard for the free drivers.

Yeah, I read about the AMD drivers being open source, I'm not planning on changing my card anytime soon (it still works perfectly fine for most games on low or medium settings) so I'll have to deal with nvidia for now

 

4 hours ago, HotCheeseNachozAndBurritoz said:

If you run Mint, you might have to add a PPA for the latest drivers and it will work great.

I'll search how to do that then

 

4 hours ago, HotCheeseNachozAndBurritoz said:

If you pick up the nVidia image of Pop OS, it should work out of the box and all the games that work on Linux will run well.

Never used Pop OS, only Ubuntu (years ago) and Mint, is it better for gaming?

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39 minutes ago, TwilightLink said:

Thanks for the answer!

I play online single player games, but some have online modes that i never used.

 

Yeah, I read about the AMD drivers being open source, I'm not planning on changing my card anytime soon (it still works perfectly fine for most games on low or medium settings) so I'll have to deal with nvidia for now

 

I'll search how to do that then

 

Never used Pop OS, only Ubuntu (years ago) and Mint, is it better for gaming?

Basically Ubuntu, Pop OS, and Mint are the same operating systems underneath the default Desktop Environment and stuff. It is just that Pop OS comes with the latest drivers out of the box. Mint and Ubuntu are equally capable of gaming. All you need to do is get the latest drivers, steam, and lutris and you will be all set. The lutris wiki contains excellent directions on how to get Ubuntu/Mint set up for gaming: https://github.com/lutris/docs/blob/master/InstallingDrivers.md . Also https://christitus.com/ultimate-linux-gaming-guide/ is good for tweaking. Add in Mangohud and you have yourself a fully capable gaming setup with Linux Mint.

 

Mint can be a great setup for gaming as long as the games you want to play work. Have a look at https://www.protondb.com/ and https://lutris.net/ for gaming compatibility lists. If most of your games work in Linux, it will work in Linux Mint. If you need help along the way, join the Lutris Discord (https://discord.gg/dmZuXw ) and Gaming on Linux Discord ( https://discord.gg/hf4ZNt ).

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53 minutes ago, HotCheeseNachozAndBurritoz said:

Basically Ubuntu, Pop OS, and Mint are the same operating systems underneath the default Desktop Environment and stuff. It is just that Pop OS comes with the latest drivers out of the box. Mint and Ubuntu are equally capable of gaming. All you need to do is get the latest drivers, steam, and lutris and you will be all set. The lutris wiki contains excellent directions on how to get Ubuntu/Mint set up for gaming: https://github.com/lutris/docs/blob/master/InstallingDrivers.md . Also https://christitus.com/ultimate-linux-gaming-guide/ is good for tweaking. Add in Mangohud and you have yourself a fully capable gaming setup with Linux Mint.

 

Mint can be a great setup for gaming as long as the games you want to play work. Have a look at https://www.protondb.com/ and https://lutris.net/ for gaming compatibility lists. If most of your games work in Linux, it will work in Linux Mint. If you need help along the way, join the Lutris Discord (https://discord.gg/dmZuXw ) and Gaming on Linux Discord ( https://discord.gg/hf4ZNt ).

Thanks! I'll check those guides for seting things up, and protondb for the games I play the most.

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