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March 1, 2011 2:21:04 PM

What do you think is better for playing 3d games native for linux: Ubuntu or Arch Linux? I have messed around with both and have found that Arch is a very lightweight os. This may translate into better framerates and overall stability. Or does the OS being used not matter if you have the correct graphics card drivers installed?

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March 1, 2011 5:35:32 PM

It's all a matter of experience and configuration. You could use Ubuntu, but install a very lightweight GUI (like fluxbox and LXDE) to get the system resource use down. The less use on your system, the better.

I have yet to get Arch working smoothly, so no opinion on that side of the coin. I'd say go for the latest Ubuntu and put a good, lightweight GUI on it.
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March 1, 2011 7:46:14 PM

Probably would be similar with both - an edge to Arch probably, but I've never used it. Frankly whichever one you feel more comfortable using and installing software onto is best - for you.
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March 1, 2011 8:57:08 PM

866874,1,628820 said:
What do you think is better for playing 3d games native for linux: Ubuntu or Arch Linux? I have messed around with both and have found that Arch is a very lightweight os. This may translate into better framerates and overall stability. Or does the OS being used not matter if you have the correct graphics card drivers installed?[/quotem

Check out Mietowy Remix 8, using fluxbox WM, here --

http://www.linux23.com/download/mietowy-remix-8-iso:8c6...

Get past the Polish install and its a very quick rendition of Mint! I was impressed and it may be what you are looking for!
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March 2, 2011 1:43:08 AM

linuxhero27 said:
It's all a matter of experience and configuration. You could use Ubuntu, but install a very lightweight GUI (like fluxbox and LXDE) to get the system resource use down. The less use on your system, the better.


So for example running Arch with xfce is going to be a better bet than running Ubuntu with KDE/compiz installed, right?
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March 2, 2011 2:18:49 AM

AFA Resource Requirements:
KDE>Gnome>XFCE>LXDE

& FYI:

WINDOWS MANAGER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_manager
http://xwinman.org/
http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20081209153125602/Win...
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DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_X_Window_Sys...
http://www.systhread.net/texts/200903xvishist1.php

Read, Learn
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March 2, 2011 5:25:24 AM

Just to give you some idea, in KDE on Fedora, Linpack gives me results of ~78-79 GFLOPS; in text-only mode, I get ~80.1 GFLOPS, and much less variation. I know that is CPU only, but still interesting. (Yes, i5 2500K @ stock.)
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March 2, 2011 2:04:04 PM

Best answer selected by Crazy Hitchhiker.
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