Gaming-focused Apps

Software is versatile, and doesn’t have to simply cater to one demographic. That being said, there is oftentimes software that has a focus on a target demographic but can also cater to others not interested. Take software such as Discord: It’s a voice and video over IP application that focuses on gaming, but can still be used by others for non-gaming users. Gaming-focused software can set itself apart with high performance and a more “hardcore” aesthetic.

  1. SteamOS is a Debian based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (https://alternativeto.
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    • HummingBoard
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Odroid
    Lakka is the official Linux distribution of RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem. Each game system is implemented as a libretro core, while the frontend RetroArch takes care of inputs and display.

  2. A Vulkan and OpenGL overlay for monitoring FPS, temperatures, CPU/GPU load and more. Discord: - flightlessmango/MangoHud

    It can show:
    GPU load in %.
    GPU temp in C.
    GPU power draw in Watts.
    CPU load per core in %.
  3. ChimeraOS (formerly GamerOS) is an operating system that provides an out of the box couch gaming experience. After installation, boot directly into Steam Big Picture and start playing your favorite games. If you want Steam in your living room, you want ChimeraOS.
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  4. Ubuntu GamePack is an operating system based on Ubuntu, which will provide a guaranteed start in more than than 22 381 games and applications for MS Windows and MS-DOS, and original, designed specifically for GNU/Linux platform.
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  5. DreamTeam is a web platform for players who want to build grow and manage their teams. Using this website you can build a team, find good teammates, managers or coaches, manage and analyze team data and become a pro player.
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  6. Ultimate Edition, first released in December 2006, is a fork of Ubuntu and Linux Mint , meant for gamers and low resource computers.
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  7. Game Drift Linux is a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Linux. Game Drift has been optimized to deliver to you the best possible gaming experience on Linux.


    The distro is no longer updated. Last version, released in September 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.