Monday, April 04, 2022

I've made the switch to Linux.

Heya everyone, I hope you're all doing well :)

So, as the title says, I've finally decided to make the switch to Linux. I've decided to go with Fedora 35 KDE/Plasma Desktop, because it's a rolling release style of OS, and it's easy to wrap my head around, and has support for a lot of things that I'm interested in. I've gotten my games to work on it, including Star Citizen (which is a must-have, for me), which works as a kind of benchmark for gaming compatibility, stability, and frames per second. I haven't yet tried Empyrion: Galactic Survival, yet, but will be doing so soon. But, first, I need to rearrange my drives a bit to provide more free space for games and other software, because 500GB is just not enough. 

I have a total of about 4TB of space, but need to find a good way to map the drives so that they're user accessible (instead of root only, which makes playing games and using normal software a little more complex, not to mention that you should never install or run anything as root unless specifically needed for system management, or related tasks), and easy to differentiate for deciding what to install where. I'm sure I'll figure that out as needed. 

Anyhoo, so far I've tested and played the following games, and more will come as soon as I have the space available for them:

  • Star Citizen, runs smoothly in most areas, other than high clutter zones, where there's a small amount of stutter.
  • Cyberpunk 2077, runs flawlessly so far. Loving how it plays.
  • Star Trek Online, also runs flawlessly. Just wish I could get STO Keybinds working so that I can map my in game macro keys. Small niggle there, but worth mentioning. Any help would be welcome on this one.
  • Baldur's Gate III, I absolutely love this game. Runs beautifully and with no problems at all. Larian Studios, you've created a beautiful monster :)

Star Citizen is running through Lutris and a special script provided by the Star Citizen LUG people, which works well, although I don't recall the name of the script. All the other games are running either natively under Steam, or via Steam Play/Proton.

I also have installed a KVM/QEMU Virtual Windows install for those bits of software on Windows that I can't get working on Linux. But, with my current and evolving setup, I don't see myself switching back to Windows as a primary OS anytime soon, especially with the privacy problems inherent in that OS. Sorry Microsoft, I won't be buying into your little walled garden anymore.

Anyhoo, I guess that's all for now. Let me know if you have any questions. I don't have comments enabled, because of spammers, but you can contact me via email if you can find it ;)

Have fun all :)