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Old 02-27-2008, 08:09 PM   #1
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gaming on linux which distro will fit my needs best?

I am going to setup a linux box for playing a few games on, neverwinter nights, ut2004 and quake wars. This box will also act as a server besides me playing on it at the same time, eventually the server will be seperate. I narrowed down my choices in distributions to opensuse 10.3, fedora 8, and slackware. I realize slackware is fast but i don't wanna spend all day setting up things that just work out of the box like fedora, then again how much faster is slackware then the other 2? Is it worth the time? Which one of these distros would work best in this situation? Also KDE or Gnome, i like KDE more but i've been reading things online about gnome being alot faster then kde, will this make a difference for gaming?

Old 02-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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Really, in my humble opinion, the "best" gaming distribution has more to do with being easy to use and configure than it has to do with the minimal speed increase that can be gained (or even lost) by running a compile-it-yourself distro.

I've used Suse, Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Fedora, and others, and personally I like Ubuntu the best because it's fast, easily configurable, works out of the box, and is easily compatible with cedega and other gaming/emulation packages.

That being said, Gnome and KDE perform about the same for games in my experience. Slackware and Gentoo aren't much faster (if at all, given that you have to really know what you're doing to get a performance increase--if you get one at all...), and Fedora is a royal pain because of its SELinux nonsense (IMHO) that requires you to basically disable ALL security features in order to get a usable desktop (Samba networking, reasonable firewall settings, etc.). The last version of Suse I used (9.x) was really slow and a pain to make any custom configuration modifications to; it seems like everything was "automagically" generated from some arcane templates...somewhere.

Nevertheless, it's really a matter of personal preference. Suse is pretty easy to use, unless you have to customize things. Fedora is more secure. Slackware is really easy to customize (which is good for running games), but requires a LOT of customization and compiling (and dependency hunting) to make work properly. On my box, I run Ubuntu "Gutsy."

There's my three cents.

Have a good one.

Old 03-12-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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Gentoo can run quite fast if its configured correctly.
Ubuntu also is a good choice
Fedora and SuSE have a lot of bloatware, I found them quite slow compared to Ubuntu.
Old 03-13-2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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Any distro will be okay for gaming. Its just a matter of personal preference, so try a few a pick one that works best for you.
Old 03-25-2008, 03:06 AM   #5
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I have to agree that it has more to do with what you are comfortable with, but I would also like to add my cent (DaneM used up my other cent):

Gnome and KDE can both get easily bloated, and both can be cut down to run faster...but if you have a decent system, you probably won't notice much difference. However, another alternative is to use XFCE as it is quite lightweight, fairly easy to configure once you get used to it (doesn't take much to get used to, either), and is actually, in my opinion, a bit faster than Gnome and KDE. This might cut down a bit more on overhead while gaming.


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