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I'd join but I hardly game anymore. I just don't have the time for it.

Been gaming on Linux since ~Summer 2006. Exclusively since late 2007 - with the exception of summer 2011.
    
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I'd join but I hardly game anymore. I just don't have the time for it.

Been gaming on Linux since ~Summer 2006. Exclusively since late 2007 - with the exception of summer 2011.

Its ok if you dont necessarily game all that much anymore. I think your experience with playing games on Linux and Linux knowledge in general would be valuable to others who might have questions though. If you wanted to contribute your experiences should questions arise, it would be much appreciated! thumb.gif
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Its ok if you dont necessarily game all that much anymore. I think your experience with playing games on Linux and Linux knowledge in general would be valuable to others who might have questions though. If you wanted to contribute your experiences should questions arise, it would be much appreciated! thumb.gif

I like spreading my knowledge.. Which reminds me, I need to get back to work on my data forensics guide.
    
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Thought I'd chime in here - the native Steam client coming to Linux has changed my gaming world. Not only for the Valve games, but the indie games that run on Linux too. I'm running Mint x64 on my laptop and my rig (14 & 15, respectively), and it's been a good experience on the laptop (Nvidia GT630M) apart from having to wrestle with bumblebee.

My rig has been a nightmare though - the ATI 4850 doesn't have proper compatible drivers. The choices are open-source, which seem to be little better than Intel GMA in terms of performance), or closed-source legacy, which are incompatible with the newer Xorg versions. And running an old version of Mint isn't an option, as the kernel would be too old. Luckily someone has created a repo which downgrades the Xorg packages for you, but the result is very glitchy, and the performance is way off the Windows version (I can max L4D2 on Windows, and I'm on low/medium with no AA on Linux)
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Thought I'd chime in here - the native Steam client coming to Linux has changed my gaming world. Not only for the Valve games, but the indie games that run on Linux too. I'm running Mint x64 on my laptop and my rig (14 & 15, respectively), and it's been a good experience on the laptop (Nvidia GT630M) apart from having to wrestle with bumblebee.

My rig has been a nightmare though - the ATI 4850 doesn't have proper compatible drivers. The choices are open-source, which seem to be little better than Intel GMA in terms of performance), or closed-source legacy, which are incompatible with the newer Xorg versions. And running an old version of Mint isn't an option, as the kernel would be too old. Luckily someone has created a repo which downgrades the Xorg packages for you, but the result is very glitchy, and the performance is way off the Windows version (I can max L4D2 on Windows, and I'm on low/medium with no AA on Linux)

Yeah I hear you, I havent had that bad of experiences with my AMD APU to be honest. It doesnt perform as well as on windows, but it does seem to work very well.

I will work on getting a list of members completed this weekend. Anyone know how to make one of those cool banners to put in the signature block? We should make it look pretty phenomenal... haha.
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My rig has been a nightmare though - the ATI 4850 doesn't have proper compatible drivers. The choices are open-source, which seem to be little better than Intel GMA in terms of performance), or closed-source legacy, which are incompatible with the newer Xorg versions. And running an old version of Mint isn't an option, as the kernel would be too old. Luckily someone has created a repo which downgrades the Xorg packages for you, but the result is very glitchy, and the performance is way off the Windows version (I can max L4D2 on Windows, and I'm on low/medium with no AA on Linux)
You'd probably be better off using the bleeding-edge Mesa/Linux kernel for your HD 4850.
The closed-source drivers still perform very poorly and then there's the legacy driver issues you mentioned.

My laptop has a GTX 780M and Bumblebee just doesn't cut it.
Very inconsistent/choppy/low frame rates (even using primus).

Gonna be a long wait until we get proper graphics switching from nVidia I suspect.
Still, I'm very excited with the push Linux gaming has gotten in the past year.
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You'd probably be better off using the bleeding-edge Mesa/Linux kernel for your HD 4850.
The closed-source drivers still perform very poorly and then there's the legacy driver issues you mentioned.

My laptop has a GTX 780M and Bumblebee just doesn't cut it.
Very inconsistent/choppy/low frame rates (even using primus).

Gonna be a long wait until we get proper graphics switching from nVidia I suspect.
Still, I'm very excited with the push Linux gaming has gotten in the past year.

If it's a driver issue, is bleeding-edge/upstream Mesa likely to help? Also, the drivers are part of Xorg, not the kernel (xf86-video-radeon). I could run bleeding-edge X, but I think I'd end up with a busted system far too regularly

And I find bumblebee pretty great once I got it working, WAY better than the HD3000 performance. It's very close to Windows in terms of performance (as in, CS:S get 30+ fps maxed)
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If it's a driver issue, is bleeding-edge/upstream Mesa likely to help? Also, the drivers are part of Xorg, not the kernel (xf86-video-radeon). I could run bleeding-edge X, but I think I'd end up with a busted system far too regularly

And I find bumblebee pretty great once I got it working, WAY better than the HD3000 performance. It's very close to Windows in terms of performance (as in, CS:S get 30+ fps maxed)
Ideally you'd want to run the latest kernel, Mesa and Xorg driver.
They all have certain patches that contribute to the overall performance.
I haven't had any major issues with using the xorg-edgers PPA (except when I paired it with FGLRX).
I suggest you give it a trial to see how it all goes.
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True, even if it toasts X, I can probably fix it. I've had it happen when I used to run Arch (although I got hacked off with it in the end, and went back to Ubuntu/Mint!)
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So what flavor of Linux does everyone use? Just want to get a feel for the amount of diversity we have haha... I am personally using Linux Mint 15 at the moment... Before I was using Zorin OS 7 which was actually surprisingly nice
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