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Any of the Debian based distro's are going to be very easy to setup and have great hardware support. Ubuntu and Mint are at the top if easy to setup and use. I personally swing toward Mint(XFCE) as well, but Ubuntu is good.
Install Gentoo ®
 
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Good or bad?
Seriously? Meme apart, it's great on performance, but a pain to maintain. And you are expected to know/guess which USEFLAGS to use for each package.
 

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I don't like waiting for everything to be compiled from source. Honestly, the gain is minimal. Ubuntu is a good option. I've been fairly happy with it.
 
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I don't like waiting for everything to be compiled from source. Honestly, the gain is minimal. Ubuntu is a good option. I've been fairly happy with it.
Same reason I stopped using Arch. I'm tired of changing stupid defaults in config files, and compiling stuff from AUR.
 

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Same reason I stopped using Arch. I'm tired of changing stupid defaults in config files, and compiling stuff from AUR.
Ubuntu, mainline kernel, and Padoka PPA and I'm ready to roll. Support for the Vega 64 is really pretty good. I put Ubuntu on a new laptop for work, a newer HP Spectre, and it works pretty well on that too, but the laptop gets the same treatment as the tower does. Mainline kernel and padoka.

I like two things:
  1. For things to be simple.
  2. For things to just work.
Ubuntu gets me most of the way there. Linux just lets me have the power to intervene if stuff explodes in my face.
 
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Ubuntu, mainline kernel, and Padoka PPA and I'm ready to roll. Support for the Vega 64 is really pretty good. I put Ubuntu on a new laptop for work, a newer HP Spectre, and it works pretty well on that too, but the laptop gets the same treatment as the tower does. Mainline kernel and padoka.

I like two things:
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  2. For things to just work.
Ubuntu gets me most of the way there. Linux just lets me have the power to intervene if stuff explodes in my face.
I add to that DXVK (DX10-11 over Vulkan), the Wine PPA, and done. I have only two problems left to solve, one is a good manual config for my mouse (Logitech offers zero Linux support) and the other one is finally getting an APU so I can ditch GCN1.0 once and for all (waiting for Zen2), amdgpu is not as stable on old GCN cards (it's support is still experimental), and radeonsi doesn't offer RADV support.
 
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Great.But I really love the community of Ubuntu.
They are both so similar under the hood that any tip from both communities works on them.
Mint is based on Ubuntu releases.
 
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So yeah , a guy wanted to take your opinion about which OS to use alongside with Windows , and the thread is still rocking 5-6 years later , and our friend's last appearance was in 2015. :D:D
 
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I add to that DXVK (DX10-11 over Vulkan), the Wine PPA, and done. I have only two problems left to solve, one is a good manual config for my mouse (Logitech offers zero Linux support) and the other one is finally getting an APU so I can ditch GCN1.0 once and for all (waiting for Zen2), amdgpu is not as stable on old GCN cards (it's support is still experimental), and radeonsi doesn't offer RADV support.
I can't explain to you how different it is using a Vega 64 on Linux versus using the 390 on Linux. Driver support for this GPU is crazy good. I've had practically zero issues, everything just works out of the box, and more keeps coming with every new kernel release. I can even undervolt and overclock. I'm living the high life right now. :laugh:
 
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I want to see that new Iris Intel driver, maybe it will finally be good.
 
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Benchmark Scores Benchmark scores? How about: "Hours stable running Prime95 _____ Memtest86 _____"
Linux Gentoo distro by far. The granular control and customization that you're able to do at the package/kernel level for peak performance from your specific hardware and software environments make the maintenance worth the effort/time.
 
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I'm still trying to decide if I like Mint Cinnamon or Ubuntu Budgie better.
 
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I have a PC with Linux Mint that is a Core2Duo. Its kinda my research PC when working on stuff but its just works, rock solid never an issue and its fast.
 
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Over the years, I'm starting to like XFCE more. No bullshit, just desktop, and people working on it, unlike Gnome.
Plasma 5 is my second option, it just looks great, with some small bugs here and there.
 
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I'm partial to Mint XFCE. Budgie is good though.
Over the years, I'm starting to like XFCE more. No bullshit, just desktop, and people working on it, unlike Gnome.
Plasma 5 is my second option, it just looks great, with some small bugs here and there.
does Mint XFCE still play native linux games? Like a lot of games I buy on steam or GoG now say they support Linux, can I play them on that version of Linux? Or would I need a more full version of Linux like Cinnamon to play those games? Also, how hard is it to install Steam on something like XFCE, do I have to learn command line prompts or do I just go to firefox, click download steam for linux, and double click whatever downloads?

Sorry I sound like a monkey, but I'm just a gamer not an advanced user.
 
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does Mint XFCE still play native linux games? Like a lot of games I buy on steam or GoG now say they support Linux, can I play them on that version of Linux? Or would I need a more full version of Linux like Cinnamon to play those games? Also, how hard is it to install Steam on something like XFCE, do I have to learn command line prompts or do I just go to firefox, click download steam for linux, and double click whatever downloads?

Sorry I sound like a monkey, but I'm just a gamer not an advanced user.
Any Linux compatible with Steam can play them.
You just go to the store and install it. And if that's not enough, it's not hard to do, just ask on a thread and i'll help you.
Expect lower performance thou.
 
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Any Linux compatible with Steam can play them.
You just go to the store and install it. And if that's not enough, it's not hard to do, just ask on a thread and i'll help you.
Expect lower performance thou.
Honestly a lot of the games i want to play are indie at the moment, so not too worried about that. I am just finishing up Stardew Valley, next up will be Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and CrossCode.

indie games have re-ignited a love for gaming that has long been dormant. It feels great, honestly I feel like a teenager again I am having so much fun. AAA's can shove it. :) (except FFXIV mmo, been loving that and I have maxed out Paladin level 80 on there, but I am retiring from that game for about 6 months now that I have completed the story again)
 
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Honestly a lot of the games i want to play are indie at the moment, so not too worried about that. I am just finishing up Stardew Valley, next up will be Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and CrossCode.

indie games have re-ignited a love for gaming that has long been dormant. It feels great, honestly I feel like a teenager again I am having so much fun. AAA's can shove it. :) (except FFXIV mmo, been loving that and I have maxed out Paladin level 80 on there, but I am retiring from that game for about 6 months now that I have completed the story again)
I strongly recommend Manjaro Linux. It has a very good rolling release model with rapid updates, and a wide selection of desktop environments with easy install. Overall it's the best distro I've found so far.
 
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does Mint XFCE still play native linux games? Like a lot of games I buy on steam or GoG now say they support Linux, can I play them on that version of Linux?
I want to say yes. Mint as a whole is supported by GOG & Steam. It's derived from Ubuntu which is fully supported. The GUI/Shell you choose shouldn't(?) have too much of an effect on app and game compatibility, at least from what I've seen over the years. TBH, I haven't done a lot of gaming on Linux so I could be wrong.
 
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