I am not bad with computers and have a beginner+, maybe intermediate level knowledge of Linux and I kept running into some problems here and there with different distros. Most claimed to work out of the box (which may be the case for some users, but I have a shit ass Nvidia 1060 and that was not at all the case, until I installed Nobara KDE/Nvidia.

Just came here to potentially save someone time, this shit is actually working out of the box, closest experience to this was with Arch, but that’s definitely not out of the box.

  • @Shareni
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    Be careful with Nobara. I’ve also used it for a bit (fedora 38 base) and had an easier time setting it up than fedora 39. It disables most security features to get better performance. Besides that, it’s only developed by one dude and primarily for personal use, so when it went from 38 to 39 he just completely dropped his gnome config, broke the upgrade in so many ways, and switched to kde. Also it didn’t have an upgrade notification and I had to accidentally learn that a new major version came out.

    Dropped it after that because it doesn’t inspire confidence, no matter how important GE is for gaming on Linux. I’d rather spend at most an hour setting up MX (Debian) for gaming.

    • @[email protected]
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      I tried Nobara and quickly ran into the lone developer problem when it didn’t support secure boot. I don’t really see the point of secure boot when the machine will still accept any USB I stick in there, but most other distros seem to handle it. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time working on it and later find other unsupported things.

      So I switched to Bazzite, which other people keep recommending, and that seems to work fine. AMD GPU over here tho, YMMV.

      • @[email protected]
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        Nobara was my first attempt at leaving windows for good and it was great until it wasn’t. I went a few months without ever booting windows but started having issues when I bought a new gpu. I went from Nvidia to AMD and everything I read online said you just install the AMD gpu, nothing else needed to be done. Every game I tried to play and would crash within 20 minutes every single time. I eventually got so frustrated that I just booted windows, ran DDU, downloaded adrenaline and I was up and running. After I got settled in, I nuked nobara and installed bazzite and haven’t had a single issue since.

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          I’ve seen this recommendation a few times now, this is working flawlessly for now, so I’ll keep running it, but if and when it doesn’t, I’ll try this out. I gotta say, as a whole, installing most of these has been a breeze, and none of them have had the annoyances that comes with a fresh windows install (do you wanna be tracked, do you want ads, wheres your acct, are you sure you wanna not use edge, etc.)

        • @[email protected]
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          Good to hear I might be on a painless track! I’m also really loving the idea of rpm-ostree. Kinda interested in setting up one of those automatic builds, just to learn.

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      I’ve distro hopped a decent amount over the years, and bazzite is easily the best fresh install and ready to game experience. I am all team red, though. Added bonus you no longer have to worry about updates or breaking things.

      • kib48
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        Bazzite has an Nvidia image anyway so red, green, or blue team shouldn’t matter

      • @[email protected]
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        I dont know if you really want to have a broken install until you switch XD ostree is just the single best way to manage Linux.

        I will write a bigger post about that, AMA

    • chingaderaOP
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      Just read up on the included features, very cool, if I have issues, I’ll be trying this next.

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    Arch tends to be close, because it is a bleeding edge type of rolling update model, so any fixes would come to Arch faster than more LTS options.

    Some distros like Nobara liek you mention have it built in, Pop OS is another. Different distros will prioritize different aspects and that how itll fundamentally be.

    Linux is a game of knowing which distro fits your usecase, the less offending hardware you use, the easier the choices are. take for example those who use bleeding edge hardware might not like the out of the box experience on LTS based distros that take awhile to push something to kernel.

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      Tried Pop, it was pretty good, but for some reason I just could not get helldiver’s to work well. Other OSs didn’t even let me get in the menus dx12 error, this is by far the least work and best result I’ve found.

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        I got Helldivers to work by making it open in windowed mode rather than full screen, then making it full screen once it opened. Seems to be a common issue with it. someone on protonDB mentioned it iirc.

    • @Shareni
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      so any fixes would come to Arch faster than more LTS options.

      But so do any bugs. I’ve never had a stable distro fail to boot, while Arch and derivatives often broke after an update. Btrfs and similar systems help usually, but can’t if for example grub released a broken update.

      On the other hand, unless you have the newest hardware, most updates won’t be relevant, and most distros quickly deploy security updates.

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        ove seen it one time forst hand and not directly but indirectly second hand. first hand time ive first seen it was actually related to OPish, had friends who needed Nvidia drivers installed for compute(non gaming), borked their distro.

        second hand indirect one was the meme moment Linus (tech tips) borked his installation of Pop OS (over Ubuntu) because there was a tiny window period where popos really had a borked version of steam that wouldnt function, and borked it by trying to install steam in a very roundabout way he found online (something a perspn learning to use linux would do often).that situation was only caused by a combination of specific timings and some user negligence

        • @Shareni
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          had friends who needed Nvidia drivers installed for compute(non gaming), borked their distro.

          What distro, and did you use official methods or something random from the internet?

          borked it by trying to install steam in a very roundabout way he found online (something a perspn learning to use linux would do often).

          I’m imagining a beginner would use their pm gui like discovery, and just change from native package to flatpak. As far as I remember, that whole Linus does Linux series was widely ridiculed in the Linux community. Like he didn’t even read the prompts before spamming y.

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            What distro, and did you use official methods or something random from the internet?

            Ubuntu, for a computer engineering project

            As far as I remember, that whole Linus does Linux series was widely ridiculed in the Linux community. Like he didn’t even read the prompts before spamming y

            hence part user error, but what was not user error was there was like a week period where a bad version of steam was put up, which was what caused the problem in the first place. Having a non working version of steam was more on the maintainer end and not the user end, and looking for alternatives to get it working is 100% a new user would do, what was user negligence was the part of accepting that he was going to make distro breaking changes. Hence while ultimately his fault, it was caused by a situation completely not his fault, and he initially acted in a way most users would, which is google for workarounds.

  • youmaynotknow
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    PopOS is, in my opinion, the easiest distro to use to get Nvidia cards working without a sweat (as long as you install the Nvidia ISO). I don’t use PopOS anymore, been on Fedora now for almost 2 years, and have had 0 issues with my 3050 after installing the drivers, but it does take a bit of configuring to get there.

    • @[email protected]
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      but it does take a bit of configuration to get there.

      Unfortunately, for most people that’s already too much…

    • @[email protected]
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      Yeah IIRC with Pop!OS it just asks you if you have an Nvidia card during install, and then it takes care of it all for you. I run it on my desktop machine and have had no issues so far.

      Although word of caution, they’re supposed to be transitioning to the brand new COSMIC desktop environment sometime this year, so I don’t know if that will cause any instability.

      • youmaynotknow
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        Those are wise words of caution. Anyone planning on getting or staying on PopOS should heed those words.

  • @[email protected]
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    Mint handled my 1060 really well and it’s really good on arch too with the newer driver. Still just running Xorg with cinnamon, though. I guess mileage still varies with this stuff.

    • Blxter
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      For me fedora did not handle my 3080 well at all. Switched to mint and only real want is to upgrade Nvidia drivers to the 550 or whatever is the current best one. For me it is not available in the driver settings and not sure how else to get them…

  • Captain Aggravated
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    I’ve had very good luck with Linux Mint and a GTX-1080. It does require opening the Driver Manager and clicking the button with “Recommended” next to it.

  • @[email protected]
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    From my experience, it might be better to try gaming on a stable distro rather than a gaming distro to get a better feel for Linux first. Seems you already have some experience of that already, so here are the gaming distros I’ve tried and some thoughts about them. Keep in mind I’ve been using AMD stuff for my latest computers, but I do have an Nvidia laptop that I don’t game much on but often run the same distro on.

    Solous was the first gaming distro I’ve tried, might be close to ten years ago, so memory is kinda fuzzy. But it had support for most of the things you needed for gaming out of the box back then, which was rare. Development on it kinda went into a standstill or something, which made me go distro jumping.

    Manjaro was where I ended up. Most everything worked out of the box. I ran it for a long time, but there are some problems in how it’s being managed. The Arch but not Arch approach made it feel unstable sometimes. So when I made a new computer, I distro jumped again.

    Nobara which build on Fedora was much more stable than Manjaro had been for me. I had no real problems with it. Lots of patches and tweaks to make gaming a smoother experience build in. But I’ve stated eyeing the atomic OS that had been pooping up. The benefit of not having to run a custom-made updater every time you wanted to update made me do the latest jump.

    Bazzite is built on an atomic Fedora, so some settings and tweaks are a bit harder to do. But the benefit is that updates are automatic, and it comes with a lot of good tools and guides on how to work with an atomic OS. As a power user, you will have to familiarize yourself with containers to get full use of it. I’m not gonna lie, the out-of-the-box experience was a bit smother on Nobara, but I don’t really see me going back.

    Pop!_OS I’ve never really given it a good chance. I did try it for shorter periods, a couple of years apart. One time I just did not like its default windows manager and another it did not have support for my GPU.

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    I have an old lenovo laptop (notebook). I used to dual boot Ubuntu and later manjaro. I gamed on both albeit having not so strong graphics.

    I played classic shooters, open world games like saints row or gta iv, dark souls, NFS and more. They ran with lutris which is helpful with proton and wine. I would say games run pretty fine with these but one has to read on wine website or elsewhere to set up properly with some games.

    And again the harder games to set up are in my experience older games from 90s which were for win 98 or xp. Like captain claw.

    Overall I would say most flagship distros can run games after basic setup.

    • chingaderaOP
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      A ton of people recommended it, so I went ahead and installed it this morning, same if not better result than Nobara and just as easy to install.

      • impure9435
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        You mean Bazzite? Yeah, it’s really great. Based on uBlue, which is actually based on Fedora’s Atomic spins. It’s very stable, secure and reliable, and pretty hard to mess up. Basically the closest thing to SteamOS that you can get.

      • @[email protected]
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        I remember my first time using Linux, it was hard for me too. You’ll get the hang of it, champ!

            • Possibly linux
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              For one it does everything custom compared to stock

              It isn’t bad for a rescue system or a custom USB but I would not daily drive it and I would not recommend it over Linux Mint or Fedora

              • @[email protected]
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                I daily drive it just fine and I don’t really think your opinion is well informed. It sounds like you had trouble with some part of it and now you’ve written it off completely. But the numbers don’t lie- it’s a very popular distro and very stable.

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                  I also don’t want a system with tons of junk installed. MX has to many tools to be useful and most of them aren’t even the best for the job not to mention its lack of systemd by default kind of sucks.

                  I really don’t get why it is better than Debian with xfce4

      • @Shareni
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        Just install gaming userland packages through flatpak/nix

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    6 for gaming? There are only a few real serious Distros: Fedora, Opensuse, Debian, Ubuntu and MX/Mint/Arch(all in the same category). From what Ive seen there is only 1 serious distro: Nobara. That comes with Kernel Patches.

  • @[email protected]
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    How dare you not use the same distro as me. Just kidding. Glad you found one that works for you. :)

  • @[email protected]
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    1060 3gb here, worked fine on all distros i tried when i switched and hopped a little. Used mint, mx, debian, manjaro, artix, void and arch.

    • chingaderaOP
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      I’m thinking this is where my lack of experience really shows, fixing some things, like audio issues was a bit rough for me on certain distros, or understanding how to install/remove drivers on certain distros. Out of the box is I think and important step for newcomers, but I also like being forced in a way to learn the environments a little more. It can be frustrating when you’re just ready to play something right now and haven’t resolved it.

      That said I celebrated as if I had just beat my first Dark souls boss, a lot of hype involved.