Back to Linux Gaming Part 2

You may have read in a recent post that I’m moving away from Windows 10 to Linux for my gaming PC needs. Nobara Linux is a crazy awesome project, just like many other Linux distros . . . but I ran into some problems just in the first week that is making me move onto another distro.

First, I never turn my gaming PCs off for any reason other than the fact that a storm is coming and I just need to protect it from possible power outages. I just don’t see the need; I want to have my PC ready when I’m ready. And sure, it’s fast enough to boot up in less than a minute but ya know, habits are habits. I noticed that when leaving my PC on for more than 48 hours, my CPU would spike up to a constant 50%+ utilization and just stay there. Looks like Gnome Shell was the culprit for no good reason. Is the latest version of Gnome that unoptimized or is it just this build/distro? I typically like having Gnome too compared to other WMs.

Second, the NVIDIA drivers were having some really odd artifacting when maxmizing and minimizing windows. Doing the ol' ALT-TAB between a game window and something like Firefox caused a lot of graphical issues that I just couldn’t ignore.

I had to make a decision to move on from Nobara because I don’t think that flipping over to KDE would really make it that much better. Heck, because I only use this PC for gaming purposes, why do I need a heavy WM like Gnome or KDE anyway?

My choices were either Manjaro or EndeavourOS; I don’t really have experience outside of the Ubuntu/Arch realm of distros. Manjaro is one that I’ve used in the past but apparently there is some controversy behind it. EndeavourOS is an Arch-based distro that prides itself on being light and little to no defaults. Sounds pretty good for what I need!

Once I got EndeavourOS installed, I had a few issues but got past them fairly easily I guess, mainly it was a little patience and luck:

Other than that, things are super fast with XFCE and games perform very well as I would expect from Steam and Proton. MakeMKV works perfectly too.

But the real test will be how it holds up over a period of time with no power offs.

This is day 12 of #100DaysToOffload.