Want to try something a little different? Bazzite was recently announced as a custom Fedora 38-based Linux image designed to bring the best Linux gaming to PCs and Steam Deck. The developers note it's built from ublue-os/main and ublue-os/nvidia using Fedora technology so you'll get expanded hardware support and plenty of drivers included.
A bunch of features they say to expect from it:
- Proprietary Nvidia drivers pre-installed.
- Full hardware accelerated codec support for H264 decoding.
- Full support for AMD's ROCM OpenCL/HIP run-times.
- xpadneo driver for wireless Xbox One controllers.
- Full support for DisplayLink.
- Includes Valve's KDE themes from SteamOS.
- LatencyFleX, vkBasalt, MangoHud, and OBS VkCapture installed and available by default
- Support for Wallpaper Engine. (Only on KDE)
- Distrobox preinstalled with automatic updates for created containers.
duperemoveservices for reducing the disk space used by wine prefix contents.
- System76-Scheduler preinstalled, providing automatic process priority tweaks to your focused application and keeping CPU time for background processes to a minimum.
- Customized System76-Scheduler config with additional rules and CFS parameters from Linux-TKG.
- Uses Google's BBR TCP congestion control by default.
- Input Remapper preinstalled and enabled. (Available but default-disabled on the Deck variant)
- Helpful first-start installer provides an easy way to install numerous applications and tweaks, including installing CoreCtrl and GreenWithEnvy.
- Nix package manager optionally available.
- Waydroid preinstalled for running Android apps. Future releases will offer to set this up for you. (Not available on Nvidia builds)
- OpenRGB i2c-piix4 and i2c-nct6775 drivers for controlling RGB on certain motherboards.
- GCAdapter_OC driver for overclocking Nintendo's Gamecube Controller Adapter to 1000hz polling.
- Out of the box support for Wooting keyboards.
Including Waydroid configured by default is a pretty interesting choice, could expand what you can do on Steam Deck rather a lot don't you think? There's a lot of things there making me quite keen to try it out on one of my Steam Decks. Tempting…
They include various tweak between using it on desktop and Steam Deck. For example the Steam Deck release gives you the ability to install the likes of Decky Loader, EmuDeck and ProtonUp-Qt during the setup. You get the latest version of the Mesa graphics drivers, easy update rollbacks if something breaks, a custom update system to let you upgrade the OS, Flatpaks, and Distrobox images to be updated directly from the Gamemode UI and much more.
Quite an exciting idea overall!
See the release announcement.
Update: as a clarification, this is not a "new distro" but doing a bunch of fancy customizations directly on top of Fedora. The text was edited to reflect this.