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.
M. Gonzalez
M. GonzalezList by M. Gonzalez, last updated 2021-08-17
  1. Linux Mint icon

    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: Victoria (21.2).

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    Linux Mint screenshot 1
  2. Steam icon

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet, stretching from one-man independent efforts to some of...

    • Game Store
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • SteamOS
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    Steam Store
  3. GameHub icon

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

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    GameHub allows to view, download, install, run and uninstall games from supported sources.
  4. itch.io icon

    itch.io gives you the ability to design a page where people can download games you have uploaded. You can optionally put a minimum price on your game (which can be 0), giving people the opportunity to pay you what they think you deserve. All files and images are hosted on itch.

    • Game Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Epic Games Store
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    itch.io screenshot 1
  5. Lutris icon

    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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    Lutris screenshot 1
  6. Wine icon

    Wine is a free, open source application for running Windows software on operating systems that are normally not supported. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.

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    Wine screenshot 1
  7. Proton icon

    Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux kernel operating system. It uses Wine to facilitate this.

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    Proton screenshot 1
  8. A Vulkan-based translation layer for D3D9, D3D10 and D3D11, which can be used on Linux with Wine.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Wine
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  9. 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.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • ...
    Comparison of the Contrast Adaptive Sharpening effect in vkBasalt. Image credit: https://www.gamingonlinux.com
  10. CoreCtrl icon

    CoreCtrl is a Free and Open Source GNU/Linux application that allows you to control with ease your computer hardware using application profiles. It aims to be flexible, comfortable and accessible to regular users.

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    CoreCtrl screenshot 1
  11. WattmanGTK icon

    A Wattman-like GTK3+ GUI. Contribute to BoukeHaarsma23/WattmanGTK development by creating an account on GitHub.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
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    WattmanGTK screenshot 1
  12. OpenRGB icon

    Open source RGB lighting control that doesn't depend on manufacturer software. For Windows, Linux, MacOS.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    OpenRGB screenshot 1
  13. MangoHUD icon

    A Vulkan and OpenGL overlay for monitoring FPS, temperatures, CPU/GPU load and more. Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/Gj5YmBb - flightlessmango/MangoHud

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    MangoHUD screenshot 1

This list was created by M. Gonzalez Jan 31, 2021 and was last updated Aug 17, 2021. The list has 13 apps.

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tvgoing1
CommentFeb 8, 2021

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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