"Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on the Linux operating system. It uses Wine to facilitate this."
The only thing that doesn't really work I've noticed is when games have an online component, whether it's like easy anti cheat which I've heard should be just flipping a switch to enable but I haven't seen anyone actually do that, or some weirdness happening with whatever the new Microsoft Flight Simulator is doing that makes it seemingly a 50/50 coin toss as to whether it'll run with the exact same settings.
Thus far, 92% of games have ran flawlessly for me on Fedora (4 failures in the last 50). The main issues have been related to games that have kernel mode drivers for copy protection or other exotic types of anti-cheat. Perhaps most amazing (to me anyway) is the fact that mods and workshop items work perfectly. In most cases, I could pop open a saved game and continue on Linux, custom mods included.
Performance-wise, I haven't noticed a difference but I generally run very modern hardware which works better with the DirectX to Vulcan implementation. I also swapped to an AMD chip/gpu when moving to Linux and I think that removed the headaches that people often have with Nvidia drivers. Overall, it's been fantastic.
Valve is just a single company pushing for Linux gaming and the results have been excellent.
Linux is the perfect candidate too. Efficient, open, easy to modify and adapt. I hope more companies follow Valve and realize the true untapped potential of Linux systems.
I could bring the SteamDeck when I bring the kids to the park, but that just feels like I'm cheating the kids.
I work from home.
8am-9am get ready for work/get kids ready for the day
5pm-8pm doing stuff with the kids
8pm-9pm eat, get kids ready for bed
9pm-11pm housework/watch TV
11pm-midnight miscellaneous stuff to prepare for the next day.
I almost wish I had a commute by train or something. Or a housekeeper, or an Au Pair/nanny.
How the fuck do other grownups do it? (I'm 49, and exhausted all the time)
The last "rig" I built was for Doom 3 after which I'd never bothered with keeping a NTFS partition again.
Apple silicon just doesn't seem to get to the levels needed for a state-of-the-art Cyberpunk 2077 experience even on pricier high-end Macs. I'm also still not willing to buy any "next-gen" consoles for the first time either (trend of maybe efficient but still glorified PC architecture continuing).
Would anyone have a list of well tested Linux + Proton compatible components?
Nvidia or AMD? Which drivers are better maintained at this point? It would still be cool to run some machine learning workloads for fun of course.
Any pointers would be appreciated.
If half the games I want to play are locked to Gamepass, I'm not having fun with Linux. Now, if Gamepass could run on Photon, we can talk.
You would think they would invest more money and time taking away one of the last major advantages of Windows vs. MacOS.
Microsoft obviously sees gaming as one of the big advantages to Windows, hence why they have been buying up gaming studios and combining Xbox and Windows into the one gaming platform.
I feel like Proton is just a repackaging of what we already had, which is the culmination of the hard work of the Wine team for the past 20 years, coupled with an online distribution system which could take back your "digital assets" at any time.
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