the Nubara Projectwritten by thomas (“Glorious EggrollCrider, a software engineer at Red Hat, is also responsible for critical software packages for games under Linux Proton GE CustomAnd GE custom wine And Proton wine He is in charge, rebuilding the very popular and widespread Fedora distribution from the ground up.
in the latest version Nobara Linux 38 (“Thirty Eight”) The lead developer and community are incorporating additional optimizations for Linux games, thus making the existing Linux gaming reference even better. The latest software packages, APIs, and runtime environments are also included, and the latest Fedora 38 workstation is now running as a base.
What’s new in Nobara Linux 38:
- Linux 6.3.9
- Mesa 3D v23.1.2
- Gstreamer v1.22.0
- Proton GE Custom v8-4
- Wine GE Custom v8-8
- Proton Wayne v8-8
- GNOME v44.2
In addition to greatly improved support for Xbox consoles, changes to the “/etc/profile/” system path ensure a seamless installation of the professional DaVinci Resolve video editing application. The new standard desktop Gnome 44 now supports VRR (“Variable Refresh Rate”) while Gstreamer 1.22.0 can play the AV1 codec. The latest version of the free Mesa 3D graphics stack is available, which is absolutely essential for gaming under Linux.
Of course, the operating system kernel has also been updated accordingly, and now it also supports the latest hardware. Nobara Linux 38 has made a big leap from the previously used 6.0 kernel to Linux 6.3.9.
Unlike many hobby projects that have sprung up like mushrooms due to the idea of open source, the “Nobara Project”, which was first published in July 2022, is a project based on real experience. Lead developer Thomas Crider, who works full time as a software maintenance engineer at Linux giant Red Hat, better known on the gaming scene as “Glorious Eggroll”, has built up a reputation as an expert over the years.
Based on the existing Fedora 38 workstation with Gnome 44 desktop and Linux 6.3 kernels, the very ambitious project is working on customizing a game distribution that already solves all the necessary dependencies on the Windows Wine compatible runtime environment, in addition, it already includes the following software packages that Provided by “Out of the Box” to players.
- game clients
- Your iMod
- Heroic Games Launcher
- Game hub
But such a pre-selection of useful software packages is also possible for other projects and is not the main reason why Nobara is now considered by many observers to be the best gaming distribution at the moment. PCGH also uses Nobara for its Linux benchmarks, as it did recently with Diablo 4’s short Linux test, which compares a Linux distribution with Windows.
Nobara has an improved Linux kernel
The open source project offers gamer-specific optimizations, such as FUTEX2, a mutex mechanism for more efficient CPU usage, and other patches for gamers built directly into the system kernel.
Linux kernel improvements (source):
- Patched kernel with futex2
- Patched kernel with winesync
- AMD CPCC patched kernel
- Kernel debugger with fsync compatibility
- The core is patchwork with cherry-picked zen spots
- Kernel patched with GameScope HDR patches
- Kernel patched to enable amdgpu for pre-polaris cards instead of radeon
- Kernel configured with ashmem, binder and android support for Waydroid
- Kernel patched with Simpleedrm fix/workaround for nvidia
- Patched kernel with windows surface support
- Rectified core with vapor surface support
- Kernel is OpenRGB-corrected
In addition to the latest version of Proton GE Custom, which improves games via the Steam client in particular, the latest improvements and bug fixes for the DirectX-to-Vulkan DXVK compiler and Windows-compatible Wine runtime environment are included in Nobara Linux 38 again.
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