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Intel’s Clear Linux – The New Potential OS for Linux Gaming

Intel’s Clear Linux – The New Potential OS for Linux Gaming

A couple of years ago, whenever someone talked about gaming on PC, I imagined a Windows-based system with tons of RAM and high-end graphics. If you’re an open source and Linux enthusiasts, I don’t think I need to give any clarification.

But, today, the overall picture is changing. Due to the combined struggles of hardware makers, Linux kernel devs, and gaming studios, more and more games are being released on Linux. In 2016 alone, 1,000+ games were released on Steam with Linux support.

For past couple of years, Intel’s Open Source Technology Center has been working on its Clear Linux distro to bring the best Linux support for Intel hardware in cloud-based deployments. While Clear Linux is mostly attentive on workstation/server performance, its developers are working to bring the support for Steam.

Intel’s Clear Linux – The New Potential OS for Linux Gaming
Intel’s Clear Linux – The New Potential OS for Linux Gaming

Clear Linux already ships with newest Mesa stack, which includes Vulkan drivers. Recently, it also added a games bundle. As this Linux distro is fine tuned for performance on Intel hardware, it’ll be interesting to try out gaming on Clear Linux in future.

However, at the instant, Clear Linux only offers accelerated graphics, and the open source Radeon or NVIDIA proprietary drivers don’t work. As a result, Clear Linux can become a good contender to play Steam OpenGL/Vulkan games that don’t ship with high-end graphics.

In the near future, I hope that Clear Linux also ships with support for dedicated graphics and becomes a gaming Linux distro in the true sense.

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