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CachyOS, a customizable Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, has a new release available which brings with it an experimental edition for the growing list of PC gaming handhelds like the ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion GO, MSI Claw and coming soon to Steam Deck too.

Announced in a blog post for their CachyOS May 2024 Release they noted:

Last but not least, we are adding an experimental handheld Edition for CachyOS. The Deckify Edition automatically setups a Steam Deck like experience and installs all required Gaming Tools for it. We are also proud to announce that this version will use the LAVD Scheduler, which is funded by Valve and improves the Frametime and 1% lows on Handhelds dramatically. The Deckify Edition is currently tested on the Rog Ally, Lenovo Legion GO and MSI Claw. Steam Deck support is also being currently worked on, but there are some small issues that should be fixed with upcoming releases. For more information check out following: Deckify information

I'm not actually too familiar with CachyOS myself, with this being the first time actually looking at it.

Interesting to see even more competition in the Linux space for handhelds, there's now quite a few good options if you're tired of Windows or want something different to SteamOS. On top of this we also have ChimeraOS, Bazzite, HoloISO and probably others I'm forgetting. I suppose the Manjaro Gaming Edition that will come on the Orange Pi Neo gaming handheld also counts.

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Aww I wish there was more official support from companies than from random distros that may or may not exist tomorrow.
Quoting: Augustus-OctavianAww I wish there was more official support from companies than from random distros that may or may not exist tomorrow.
I'd rather the random distros, whose open source tweaking will still exist tomorrow to be built on, even if all the current developers go join a monastery.
ToddL May 13
First time hearing about this distro and they seem to provide a lot of desktop environment options in the installer if you're not into KDE or Gnome. So far, I haven't see them mention about a Gaming Mode like Bazzite and Nobara but will check it out once they're done with their handheld mode setup.
Pengling May 13
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Quoting: Augustus-OctavianAww I wish there was more official support from companies than from random distros that may or may not exist tomorrow.
Asus doesn't even properly support repairing the ROG Ally hardware.
WMan22 May 14
Quoting: Augustus-OctavianAww I wish there was more official support from companies than from random distros that may or may not exist tomorrow.

I've found CachyOS to be to Arch what Nobara Project is to Fedora. Where I've seen people say there's a threat of it not being maintained, and yet it's one of the consistently best experiences I've had with linux in my time distrohopping for the past 2 years deck has been out.
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