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: Ulyssa (20.1).


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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.


    Steam icon
  • GameHub

    Free Linux AppImageHub Flatpak Website

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


    GameHub icon

    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.

  • 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:
    Install and play games! Please refer to this post for more information:


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  • DXVK

    Free Linux Wine Website

    A Vulkan-based translation layer for Direct3D 10/11 which allows running 3D applications on Linux using Wine.

    For the current status of the project, please refer to the project wiki.

    How to use
    In order to install a DXVK package obtained from the release page into a given wine prefix, run the following commands from within the DXVK directory:

    export WINEPREFIX=/path/to/.wine-prefix
    winetricks --force setup_dxvk.verb
    This will copy the DLLs into the system32 and syswow64 directories of your wine prefix and set up the required DLL overrides. Pure 32-bit prefixes are also supported.

    Verify that your application uses DXVK instead of wined3d by checking for the presence of the log files d3d11.log and dxgi.log in the application's directory, or by enabling the HUD (see notes below).

    Build instructions
    wine 3.10 or newer
    Meson build system (at least version 0.43)
    MinGW64 compiler and headers (requires threading support)
    glslang compile
    Building DLLs
    The simple way
    Inside the DXVK directory, run:

    ./ master /your/target/directory --no-package
    This will create a folder dxvk-master in /your/target/directory, which contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of DXVK, which can be set up in the same way as the release versions as noted above.

    Compiling manually

    64-bit build. For 32-bit builds, replace

    build-win64.txt with build-win32.txt

    meson --cross-file build-win64.txt --prefix /your/dxvk/directory build.w64
    cd build.w64
    meson configure

    for an optimized release build:

    meson configure -Dbuildtype=release
    ninja install
    The D3D10, D3D11 and DXGI DLLs as well as a shell script to set up DXVK for a specific wine prefix will be located in /your/dxvk/directory/bin.

    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.


  • vkBasalt

    Free Linux Website

    A Vulkan post processing layer. Currently, the only effects are:

    Contrast Adaptive Sharpening
    Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing
    Enhanced Subpixel Morphological Anti-Aliasing


  • 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 Windows Linux Website

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


    OpenRGB icon
  • MangoHUD

    Free Linux Discord Patreon 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

· 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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