In this video I cover some recommendations for Linux distributions for gaming with AMD or nVidia hardware for new users.
For nVidia Users – Pop OS.
To my knowledge, Pop OS is the only Linux distribution that ships with the most recent nVidia driver in the ISO file which is installed as part of the overall installation process.
Furthermore, any driver updates in the future are passed through as normal updates, so that assuming you keep your system up to date, which you should anyway, you will always have the latest driver installed.
Pop OS also has built in support for switchable graphics in laptops, which can be enabled via a simple toggle from the Power Settings in the menu bar, just below the Power Plans.
For installing software, Pop OS uses the Pop Shop which will allow you to search and install gaming related software such as Steam, Lutris and Green With Envy.
Although additional software such as MangoHUD, Goverlay, vkBasalt and Feral Gamemode can be installed using a tool such as Synaptic, which is available in the Pop Shop.
For AMD Users – Manjaro.
Manjaro is Arch based which means that you will get access to the latest versions of drivers, kernels and software once they are available.
Like Pop OS, there is a new Manjaro ISO released every couple of weeks, which means that you will automatically install the latest version of the kernel and Mesa drivers.
Manjaro uses Pamac which allows you to install Steam, Lutris, Feral Gamemode, MangoHUD, vkBasalt, GOverlay, and Green with Envy all from a single application.
For kernel management, Manjaro has an application called Kernel that allows you to install and remove kernels from your system.
Manjaro also includes a software tool called Hardware Configuration that will allow you to install the latest nVidia drivers from the repository.
In summary, Manjaro allows an end user with AMD hardware to benefit from a rolling release distribution without having to touch the Terminal.
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