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Some thoughts on switching from Ubuntu to Antergos for Linux gaming

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I did it, I jumped ship from Ubuntu to Antergos and I honestly can’t see myself going back. Here’s some thoughts on that.

Why I switched
There’s many reasons for my switch, but the main one has been stability. Ubuntu has been getting more problem-filled with every new release for me so I had enough. Not only that, but due to it being dependent on GNOME packages, stuff was being stripped away too and it’s just a mess now. Some applications have normal title-bars, some have GNOME’s new styling with everything sodding hidden and it’s just all mashed together.

Audacity would constantly screw up and just skip over audio while trying to record or playback, or just flat out not work.

Multiple games wouldn’t give me audio until I killed PulseAudio and reloaded it or did other trickery. It was becoming a nuisance, especially when I want to livestream and “oh sorry guys, let me fix my audio, fuc…”.

It seems Ubuntu has a lot of problems with their setup of PulseAudio. I don’t know what they’re doing to it, but they’re murdering the poor thing.

Antergos, I choose you!
If Antergos is anything, it’s like walking in heavy rain without a coat and — suddenly the clouds part and the almighty sun is shining down on you to make everything better. Something like this essentially (thanks Samsai):
I’m definitely probably not overselling it — okay maybe a little.

I adore the Arch User Repository (AUR) and have found it so incredibly useful for multiple applications I use on a daily basis, especially when those same applications on Ubuntu could be out of date for weeks and months. The brand new Minecraft launcher was in it the day it was release by the official developers, the app is in it, everything I need is right there and tested by tons of people. It’s essentially a far better PPA-like system. It’s easier to understand too, thanks to a much clearer layout on the actual website.

Just don't outright trust everything on the AUR, make sure you read a few comments before installing a random package. I'm sure you're all smart enough to know to do that anyway.

Getting used to KDE after being on GNOME or GNOME-like desktops for many years has been a challenge by itself, but wow, it’s actually a lot nicer. Things aren’t hidden away where I don’t expect them to be, if I want something it’s usually right where I would expect it in a proper menu.

There was two “gotchas” I had to sort out. I couldn’t figure out why OBS Studio wouldn’t pick up any video, so eventually I tested gaming and games ran at 5 FPS. Turns out that installing the nvidia drivers didn’t come with the 32bit libs as a dependency. So, if you do decide to check out Antergos with Nvidia, make sure “lib32-nvidia-libgl” is installed too. This took me a good day to figure out too, as I didn’t think to test games until the next day and that made me realize it was a driver issue.

The second was that one day I booted up to a black screen with a cursor, as the system booted so fast that LightDM didn't load (Arch Wiki entry). I had to edit "/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf" to include:

I also learnt about bash aliases thanks to being on Arch, so instead of running something I can never remember like “Yuarty -sYusudaadasdas” to update, I have it setup so I just run “upall” in terminal and it updates everything for me — glorious! It’s easy to do as well, simply edit:
Add at the bottom:
alias upall='yaourt -Syua'
You can substitute “yaourt -Syua” for anything, like “apt-get update && apt-get upgrade” for Debian/Ubuntu and so on.
And then save it.

Lastly, enjoy a shot of my KDE Antergos dual-desktop:

Seriously, you should give Antergos a try. It’s Arch, but a more tame Arch since it has a live-media option and you can pick what desktop you want from the installer. This was a key selling point for me, and the installer was a breeze too. Article taken from
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Siinamon 25 Jan, 2017
I have been having an itch to go back to Arch, but I just didn't want to faff with the install process again. I've also tried Manjaro, but I went back to Mint when I was having graphics problems. (Turns out that for me, it was KDE being a hog and making my computer run hotter than it should.) I think I will try out Antergos soon. :D

Every time I flip to another distro, I feel weird, since I started in the Ubuntu community and still am "part" of it.
Cybolic 25 Jan, 2017
Thanks Liam! I made the jump to Antergos the day before yesterday after having had broken installs with Manjaro and not being able to boot the live USB of an earlier version of Antergos, and so far I'm loving it as well! I did have to start the live USB in "No KMS" mode and it messed up my language and location (I'm based in Greece, but I speak English - it reversed it), but it's Arch, there's very little in the way of just going in and fixing it manually :D

I must say I'm very impressed with the speed I'm getting on this distro as well as the surprising quality (and transparency) of AUR packages.

Again, thanks for giving me the push to try out an Arch based distro again.

Last edited by Cybolic on 25 January 2017 at 3:53 pm UTC
Cyril 25 Jan, 2017
I would say, i'm on Manjaro for what, many years i think. And for me (my configuration) it's pretty stable, seriously.
But yeah i understand some thoughts about it. I had some issues by some updates in the past, but nothing serious in long-term.
And like you guys, i love the AUR package, it's rare that a package isn't on the base.
In my case, i have Arch on my list "to try". And maybe i will stay on Arch later, but for now i'm ok with Manjaro.
Hendrik-G-Louw 25 Jan, 2017
Hey all wanting to try Arch, figured I would share my experiences.
Always ran either Ubuntu or Kubuntu on my PC.

I've toyed with Antergos in a virtual to great success but always fails the installation around the end when I feel it's time to switch my daily driver to a new distro. Then one day I found Arch-Anywhere :D

I just love the terminal based install and have learned more about how Linux works for the two setup's I've done than what I did running Ubuntu.

Sadly, I just can't seem to get pantheon DE from ElementaryOS working on Arch
My daily driver right now is ElementaryOS, until I can get the Arch install to run the dam DE :P
seguleh 31 Jan, 2017
This thread is little outdated, but I write something.
Long story short: after 3 days of testing Antergos I've decided to return to Mint. Here is why. I'm lazy cow and not a computer geek, and I love when OS works - more or less - 'out of the box' with my favourite software. But Antergos did not. It's probably because of my limited knowledge, but:

0. NVIDIA drivers. No idea how to detect, and eventually switch to a fresh driver. Finally I've found this video:
...and get 375 driver working. If I have to struggle with console based installing new NVIDIA drivers (like in 'old good days' ) - no, thanx. I prefer Ubuntu ppa, and switch between drivers in GUI.
1. Krita. In AUR 'repo' is in newest version, but it has problem with font interface scalling. Googled, not resolved. Krita works perfectly from appimage, but this way I need no AUR repository.
2. Blender 2.78, fresh version from AUR - great. CUDA computing doesn't work in Wayland (?) session, have to switch to X11. Can live with it, but annoying.
3. Wacom tablet isn't recognized in GNOME panel. This is GNOME bug, but I thought its solved.

Last but not least, cause we are talking about gaming:
4. In "War Thunder" I had about 23 FPS, however in-game counter says it's 40-60. Game was barely playable, neither on Wayland session nor X11. I returned back to Mint, where literally everything works as I want to. End of story.

PS 1. Idea of Antergos/Arch is absolutely awesome, but it seems not for me :)
PS 2. I installed Antergos on old laptop and it works nice, even (on an old NV 8600M) "X3 Reunion" works really fine :). Choosing desktop enviro during installation is great, same with STEAM and other software. It's good OS, but - in my opinion - not for everyone.

Last edited by seguleh on 31 January 2017 at 9:39 pm UTC
rcgamer 4 Feb, 2017
Ok, I finally got it to boot up after installing. I'm using the gnome environment. So far seems pretty good. Haven't got to test many games with it yet.
Hendrik-G-Louw 17 Mar, 2017
So I've also abandoned my arch install, kinda :D

Went to Manjaro because they had an easy gui way to configure the system with Xorg 1.6 and proprietary ati drivers (HD 5730M on my laptop) which is was giving me better performance than the open-source Xorg drivers.

Only problem was that it breaks tty.

About a week ago, I switched back to the latest Xorg and OSS drivers and things seem to be going well.

I think I will stick with Manjaro for the near future, at least until I buy my new laptop.

Last edited by Hendrik-G-Louw on 17 March 2017 at 9:47 am UTC
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