I had to laugh so hard when I did that this picture It was recently discovered in the depths of the internet. Not that running a marathon in traditional Japanese shoes is weird in and of itself. It’s more because I said to myself: This is exactly the type I am. Me, who was in the mood for a Linux theme again and wanted to know what gaming with Linux was like. Yes, you can do that, but you don’t necessarily have to, because it’s easier with Windows. But that’s not the point here, because this guy must have realized he could have run the marathon in just running shoes.
PCGH currently offers the notebook used here with Tuxedo:
Here to participate!A small disclaimer first: dear Linux geeks, no, this isn’t going to be a handbook about how complex and intricate Linux is for desktop or even gaming PCs, and ultimately how pointless the whole thing is. First things first: Linux games aren’t nearly as painful to install or useless in terms of performance, as we’ll find out here.
Now I’ve been playing with Linux myself for many years testing this and that, mostly with Raspi, but I’m not a hardcore Linux user, just a caring and open minded person. And that is exactly what this article should be about. I don’t want to encourage imitation here with command-line tutorials, but with a rough, perhaps somewhat superficial, but all-round comprehensible overview that I gained here in my Linux ordeal.
Why would you even want to play with Linux when there is Windows, where Quark is completely written and optimized. Quite simply: because it works. I myself am very sympathetic to Linux and the whole idea of open source, which is why I love working with it. Even if it is sometimes and often I just let it get confused again after a lot doesn’t work as it should and the trail gets a bit too rocky for me. However, this was not necessarily the case in my research.
Linux journey with a specially designed notebook
I made it as easy as possible for my Linux gaming sample, because in the end it has to be. So I used a gaming laptop that I know will run as hassle-free as possible. And that Stellaris tuxedo. I already know it’s based on a very good abstract. Plus, I absolutely love the little German company because it sells Linux laptops and PCs without strings attached. Ubuntu-based Tuxedo OS comes pre-installed with all drivers and hardware if desired. Then just install Steam and get started. It can be that simple, at least sometimes.
So a few hours to the notebook I used for the trip to Linuxland: This is an RTX 3080 Ti as a graphics unit running with TGP max 175W. So this is the top model of this Nvidia generation. The screen should leave nothing to be desired: 17 inches, WQXGA resolution due to the aspect ratio of 16:10 and 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with a refresh rate of 240 Hz. There is a Ryzen 9 6900HX inside as the CPU, i.e. a powerful, updated 8-core processor with 16 threads.
The special thing about the Tuxedo Stellaris is not only that it is relatively light despite the equipment, that is, it is still less than three kilos. It can also be connected to external water cooling. This doesn’t make the laptop much faster, but it’s noticeably quieter in constant use. We have already fully tested the notebook water cooling system on similar model based on the same skeleton. If this interests you, watch the video linked above. Only here everything works with Linux.
Choosing the “right” Linux distro is a big matter of faith, one I want to get to grips with quickly here. I made it as easy as possible for myself and used Tuxedo OS, which is an Ubuntu derivative, which I know works best on the machine. As for the games themselves, it almost does not matter which distro you use. Especially for beginners, I recommend taking one of the large and well-known companies.
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