Canonical wants to make it a reality. He is looking for someone to help make Ubuntu the best desktop Linux distro for gaming. It will not be such an easy task.
Is Linux playable?
” Linux is unplayable,” say skeptics, and for good reason. However, they are also convincingly convincing that Linux is playable . There is no shortage of publishers who remember about the followers of “Penguin”, Steam has been available here for a decade, and the development of the kernel takes into account the needs of this specific group of users, which are players.
Of course, the fact remains that not every distribution performs equally well in this role. For example, there are special systems designed from the very beginning with gaming in mind, such as Garuda, Drauger, Lakka or even Pop! _OS. They are based on frequent updates, simplicity and easier access to experimental applications. At Canonical, they would like “Best Linux for Gaming” to be an Ubuntu title .
Ubuntu as the best Linux for gaming
It is definitely not without its flaws. However, it cannot be denied that Ubuntu is not only one of the most popular Linux distributions, but also one of the most dynamically developed. The most important of the companies behind it, Canonical, would like the development to focus more on gaming in the near future. This is suggested by the fact that the recruitment for the position of Linux Desktop Gaming Product Manager is ongoing , and the description says that the task here will be to “make Ubuntu the best desktop Linux for gaming” .
In the announcement, Canonical emphasizes that it is working with hardware manufacturers to ensure compatibility with gaming components. It also works with partners from the gaming industry to ensure the availability of games, as well as relevant tools and mechanisms (including anti-fraud functions).
Gaming Linux. Sounds like a challenge
While it may look promising on paper, the future Linux Desktop Gaming Product Manager at Canonical will face a challenge. The goal is not impossible to achieve, although the situation is not certainly improved by the fact that even Valve resigned from cooperation with Ubuntu, which 10 years ago recommended as optimal for Steam . Today he chooses Arch Linux and it is on the basis of this distribution that he creates his own Steam OS 3.0, which will be on board the Steam Deck console .
This device – Steam Deck – proves that Linux is getting closer to players. So, returning to the point raised at the very beginning – even if today Linux does not necessarily seem to be playable, 2022 may be a breakthrough in this topic. The question is, is it also for Ubuntu.