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Old 11-14-2003, 11:54 PM   #1
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Distributions.


What distributions, are best for linux Gaming?
How much does the PreEmtpive kernel instuctions improve gaming? Can we recompile it into our kernels, or do we have to wait till 2.6 or use Some of those funky Gentoo Kernels?
What other system wide settings improve games?
Thanks.
 
Old 11-15-2003, 01:06 AM   #2
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gentoo has max tuning capabilities, but is not for newbs. i like mandrake because i used it first and it suits my needs. plus, it comes with alot of packages which aid your gaming.
 
Old 11-15-2003, 05:36 AM   #3
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I just got the gentoo gaming sources. Don't know if they improve anything but they are working smoothly
 
Old 11-16-2003, 04:54 AM   #4
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I would also like to point out that if the game runs then it is an ok distro, imo.
As for performance, the more tuned your setup is then obviously the better the game will perform. As in "tuned" I mean, using a distro with a custom kernel (possibly compiled by the user), also using flags when compiling for your specific cpu. Another thing that will help out the bigger distro's is to disable services that are running in the background.

Gentoo is very customizable and would be good for more knowledgeable users. If gentoo is to far out of your grasp yet look at other distro's like Arch that are i686. It's still optimized but lacks some of the optimizations that gentoo has. Basically work your way down from i686 to i386 based distro's.

Also remember, each person has a personal taste of what they want from there system. So two distro's that use i686 are basically the same optimization wise, (unless the user goes further with there own compiles), but one may be more to the liking of a specific user and not another.

There are many other things to consider also beyond how optimized a system is to determine overall performance. One example would be how up to date is the software you are using? Sometimes one little piece of software that effects SDL or glx or a dependency the game relies on can greatly effect overall performance also.

Hopefully some of this is usefull. Also i may be wrong on some stuff so if I am someone please correct me.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 10:20 AM   #5
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imo, there is no such thing as 'more customizable' distro. linux in general was designed for max tunability. mandrake is as customizable as gentoo. redhat is as customizable as debian. you can edit the config files directly in all of them, you can make your own kernel in all of them, you can make your own lib references in all of them... you just need to know what to do and how to do it. thats the only real thing that changes with distro to distro: how to get something done. in the end, they accomplish the same thing. they just do it differently.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 10:26 AM   #6
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# Linux Gaming
Linux Gamers' FAQ
TransGaming Technologies
The Linux kernel preemption project
The best gaming distro is Gentoo IMHO
 
Old 11-16-2003, 04:59 PM   #7
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I'm versed in Gentoo, and use Slackware. Thanks for the preemtion link.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 09:55 AM   #8
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You always could try LFS...
 
  


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