Gaming on Linux? Yes, that’s very much possible and we have a dedicated new Linux distribution aiming for gamers.
Manjaro Gaming is a Linux distro designed for gamers with the power of Manjaro. Those who have used Manjaro Linux before, know exactly why it is a such a good news for gamers.
Manjaro is a Linux distro based on one of the most popular distro – Arch Linux. Arch Linux is widely known for its bleeding-edge nature offering a lightweight, powerful, extensively customizable and up-to-date experience. And while all those are absolutely great, the main drawback is that Arch Linux embraces the DIY (do it yourself) approach where users need to possess a certain level of technical expertise to get along with it.
Manjaro strips that requirement and makes Arch accessible to newcomers, and at the same time provides all the advanced and powerful features of Arch for the experienced users as well. In short, Manjaro is an user-friendly Linux distro that works straight out of the box.
The reasons why Manjaro makes a great and extremely suitable distro for gaming are:
- Manjaro automatically detects computer’s hardware (e.g. Graphics cards)
- Automatically installs the necessary drivers and software (e.g. Graphics drivers)
- Various codecs for media files playback comes pre-installed with it
- Has dedicated repositories that deliver fully tested and stable packages
Manjaro Gaming is packed with all of Manjaro’s awesomeness with the addition of various tweaks and software packages dedicated to make gaming on Linux smooth and enjoyable.
Some of the tweaks made on Manjaro Gaming are:
- Manjaro Gaming uses highly customizable XFCE desktop environment with an overall dark theme.
- Sleep mode is disabled for preventing computers from sleeping while playing games with GamePad or watching long cutscenes.
Maintaining Manjaro’s tradition of working straight out of the box, Manjaro Gaming comes bundled with various Open Source software to provide often needed functionalities for gamers. Some of the software included are:
- KdenLIVE: Videos editing software for editing gaming videos
- Mumble: Voice chatting software for gamers
- OBS Studio: Software for video recording and live streaming games videos on Twitch
- OpenShot: Powerful video editor for Linux
- PlayOnLinux: For running Windows games on Linux with Wine backend
- Shutter: Feature-rich screenshot tool
Manjaro Gaming comes with a long list of gaming emulators:
- DeSmuME: Nintendo DS emulator
- Dolphin Emulator: GameCube and Wii emulator
- DOSBox: DOS Games emulator
- FCEUX: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Famicom, and Famicom Disk System (FDS) emulator
- Gens/GS: Sega Mega Drive emulator
- PCSXR: PlayStation Emulator
- PCSX2: Playstation 2 emulator
- PPSSPP: PSP emulator
- Stella: Atari 2600 VCS emulator
- VBA-M: Gameboy and GameboyAdvance emulator
- Yabause: Sega Saturn Emulator
- ZSNES: Super Nintendo emulator
There are some terminal add-ons – Color, ILoveCandy and Screenfetch. Conky Manager with Retro Conky theme is also included.
Point to be noted: Not all the features mentioned are included in the current release of Manjaro Gaming (which is 16.03). Some of them are scheduled to be included in the next release – Manjaro Gaming 16.06.
Manjaro Gaming 16.06 is going to be the first proper release of Manjaro Gaming. But if you are interested enough to try it now, Manjaro Gaming 16.03 is available for downloading on the Sourceforge project page. Go there and grab the ISO.
How do you feel about this new Gaming Linux distro? Are you thinking of giving it a try? Let us know!