Steam + FOSS-alternative programs for Linux gamers

A list of alternative programs (and OS) to what you would usually get on (and from) Windows.

  • Linux Mint for being one of the best alternatives to Windows with having a similar taskbar and start menu, such as what you would see from Windows 7.
  • GameHub being the Linux alternative of GOG Galaxy 2.0
  • Lutris for using WINE and playing Windows-only digital game distribution platforms and games on Linux.
  • Proton for playing Windows-only games directly and supported by Steam and Valve itself.
  • OpenRGB to being the alternative for official RGB software on Windows (many of which are considered bloatware).
  • MangoHUD being the alternative to MSI Afterburner in terms of monitoring statistics, but without the overclocking feature.
  • WattmanGTK and Corectl being alternatives to MSI Afterburner, AMD Wattman, and EVGA Precision X1 for AMD graphics cards.
  • DXVK and vkBasalt for playing games that use DirectX/Direct3D through translation layers.

  • Linux Mint

    Free Linux Website

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

     

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  • Steam

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad SteamOS Website

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.

     

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  • GameHub

    Free Linux AppImageHub Flatpak Website

    Games library manager.
    Supports: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, Humble Trove, Wine and RetroArch
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  • itch.io

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Android Tablet Website

    An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website.

     

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  • Lutris

    Free Linux Web Website

    Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.

     

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  • Wine

    Free Mac Linux Android Android Tablet BSD Website

    Run Windows software on Linux and other supported systems in an advanced Windows runtime rather than emulation.

     

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  • Proton

    Free Mac Linux Steam Website

    Proton is a tool for use with the Small Steam iconSteam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Small Linux kernel iconLinux kernel and Small macOS iconmacOS operating systems. It uses Small Wine iconWine to facilitate this.

    Most users will prefer to use Proton provided by the Steam client itself. The source code is provided to enable advanced users the ability to alter Proton. For example, some users may wish to use a different version of Wine with a particular title.

    Getting Started with Proton from Steam Play
    Make sure you are opted into the Steam Client Beta!
    Proton requires graphics drivers that are more recent than what is typically packaged in most distributions; please read the list of requirements and quickstart for Ubuntu 18.04 users: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/blob/proton_3.7/PREREQS.md
    Install and play games! Please refer to this post for more information: https://steamcommunity.com/games/221410/announcements/detail/1696055855739350561

    Proton has DXVK which can be used as primitive HUD:
    https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk#hud

     

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  • DXVK

    Free Linux Wine Website

    A Vulkan-based translation layer for D3D9, D3D10 and D3D11, which can be used on Linux with Wine.

    Currently unsupported features:
    D3D11: Shared Resources.
    D3D11: Class linkage.
    D3D11: Predication.
    D3D11.1: Target-independent rasterization (behaves incorrectly; no MSAA16x support).
    D3D11.2: Tiled resources (optional).
    D3D11.3: Rasterizer Ordered Views (optional).
    D3D11.4: D3D12 interop.

    https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/wiki

    Notes on Vulkan drivers
    Before reporting an issue, please check the Wiki page on the current driver status and make sure you run a recent enough driver version for your hardware.

    DXVK can be used to monitor performance with DXVK_HUD:
    https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk#hud

     

  • vkBasalt

    Free Linux Website

    vkBasalt is a Vulkan post processing layer to enhance the visual graphics of games.

    Currently, the build in effects are:

    Contrast Adaptive Sharpening
    Denoised Luma Sharpening
    Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing
    Enhanced Subpixel Morphological Anti-Aliasing
    3D color LookUp Table

    It is also possible to use Reshade Fx shaders.

     

  • CoreCtrl

    Free Linux Website

    CoreCtrl is a Free and Open Source GNU/Linux application that allows you to control with ease your computer hardware using application profiles.

     

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  • WattmanGTK

    Free Linux Website

    Linux (GTK3+) GUI to view detailed information about and configure AMD GPUs settings.

     

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  • OpenRGB

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Open source RGB lighting control that doesn't depend on manufacturer software.

     

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  • MangoHUD

    Free Linux Proton Website

    Collects and logs details about game performance in games using OpenGL/Vulkan. Can display live statistics in overlay.

     

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Comments on Steam + FOSS-alternative programs for Linux gamers

tvgoing1
· Feb 2021 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

wouldent trust steam because it has a lot of tracking, something many in the linux community do not want in their computers.

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