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Dunc commented on 6 July 2017 at 11:03 pm UTC

I suppose I should do this, then. Hello.

I've been gaming since... well, the late 1970s really, starting on those home Pong clones, although I never owned one myself. I had to wait until 1982 to get my hands on hardware of my own, when I got a mighty Sinclair ZX81 for my 11th birthday. Moved on to the Spectrum after that, and my 128K machine from 1986 (the original Sinclair “toastrack”, for those who know it) is sitting on my desk right now. Still looks good.

I switched to the Amiga relatively late on, in the early '90s, because money. But it was the greatest gaming machine ever, and don't let anyone tell you different. In fact, I liked it so much I stuck with it until 2005. Believe it or not, I was still using an (expanded) A1200 as my daily driver until just 12 years ago. I've never owned a Windows PC or a Mac. (Which gives me an interesting perspective on Linux gaming, I think. Until Steam came out for Linux, I hadn't bought a new mainstream “PC” game since Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. You might think we're still in a tiny corner of the industry, ignored by the major players, but this feels like the Big Leagues compared to what I've been used to for the last 20-odd years.)

Anyway, I finally gave in and bought my first PC. Obviously it wasn't going to run anything from Microsoft, and after a few abortive tries I settled on Mandriva. Dunno why; it just “clicked” with me at the time. But when that release approached end-of-life in 2007, I started distro-hopping, and eventually discovered Arch. It was... perfect. The Arch Way just made sense to me. Now, I wouldn't say this on the Arch forums, but I feel much of what I liked about it has been diluted over the years and it feels a lot less “special” than it used to, however I'm still using it on all my machines since none of the alternatives seem much better. (Void definitely has my interest, though...)

There have been a few consoles along the way, mostly a generation old at the time (I bought a second-hand Gamecube just before the Wii came out, making it, for about a month, the first “current” gaming platform I'd owned since my early days with the Amiga, about 15 years earlier), although the Xbox 360 was my main gaming machine for a good few years.

But not any more.

(Crikey. That was longer than I intended. Hey... it's a long story, right?)

DrBed commented on 13 July 2017 at 8:21 am UTC

I'm DrBed, I'm all fart and love Linux. And gaming. And gaming @ Linux.
Retro, if possible.
Also I'm addicted to C64, so VICE is my main portal to gaming.
And so on...
Long live the GOL!

MacGyver69 commented on 25 July 2017 at 5:17 pm UTC

I have been using Linux and reading GOL over 3 years now so finally decided to register!
There is so much games on Linux these days that I can do 99% of my gaming with it. There is still That other OS lurking somewhere in my hard drive but I really don't need to use it unless I really want to play some special game.
Other than just gaming I'm using Linux for my hobbyist gamedev projects and for learning to program.

EverLinux commented on 8 September 2017 at 8:35 pm UTC

Quited win because it carries so much task/backgound services non-saying about the big brother issue. I asked myself how many time I would be able to drop it. 4 years later, my own regret is to don't make this choice earlier!
Long life to Linux and obviously to GamingOnLinux!

goldenk commented on 9 September 2017 at 4:22 pm UTC

Hello, I've been using linux on and off for a few years. Arch is my distro of choice. Learning the "Arch way" was definitely tough for me but I like the philosophy behind it. I came from console gaming then to windows pc gaming now linux... I just wish Dark Souls worked on our platform. That's the only thing that kinda pulls at me.

krisguy commented on 11 September 2017 at 3:37 pm UTC

I'm Kris. I've been playing with Linux and FLOSS operating systems for almost twenty years. I work for a company called OPENSOURCEPCs that make laptops with Ubuntu and custom cases (think wraps, engraving, paint, etc). I'm also big into 3D printing and Python, Perl, and just trying to be a nice guy in a world full of trolls.

I'm krisguy787 on most gaming services, and I have a Mixer channel that I use, and a Twitch one I don't. OBS with FTL on Mixer will make you rethink 30-60 second chat delays on Twitch.

charro commented on 18 September 2017 at 8:19 am UTC

Hi everybody !!

I'm Charro, just joined a few days ago after getting aware of the existence of this great site !! I don't know how I didn't find it before.

Linux user since 1997 (wow, 20 years already! I feel quite old ^ ^) and also Game developer, in a professional way and when I find the time, as an indie, for myself (Here is my GitHub and in case someone wants to try the only game I have right now:

I still have dual boot with Windows in my machine, but since long time ago (more than 10 years probably), only and exclusively because still some games don't run properly with Wine.

My only dream is that one day I would finally be able to delete that Windows partition forever because SteamOS is reality and all my Steam lib is there.

About Linux playing right now, I've just finished XCOM: Enemy Unknown (I love it !!) and start playing Shadows of Mordor (REALLY THANK YOU FERAL GAMES FOR MAKING THE PORTING OF THIS GAMES TO LINUX !!)

Cheers !

KayKay91 commented on 20 September 2017 at 6:46 am UTC

Hello there. KayKay91 here.

I have found out about Unix in university through one of the Sun Microsystem computers which used CDE desktop and learned some basic Terminal commands (Mainly moving, copying, removing files, extracting tar files etc.). After not doing so well in uni, I've decided to learn about Linux and started off with Ubuntu in 2014 and went on a journey of finding a distro for me:

* Ubuntu
* Elementary OS
* Fedora Creative Suite
* Linux Mint
* Manjaro
* Antergos
* Arch Linux

I have been using my Lenovo IdeaPad Y550 laptop for Linux stuff, while my PC is currently Windows only. Thinking about buying another SSD and HDD just to have both Linux and Windows in it.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I also try to make Linux Gaming relevant. Mainly by contributing PCGamingWiki.

Desperalaw commented on 11 November 2017 at 5:36 pm UTC

Hello everyone !

I'm known on the Internet as Desperalaw.

What you only need to know about me is that I'm a 21 years old gamer and Linux user from France !

I'm new in the GamingOnLinux community but I'm certainly not a new Linux user nor a casual gamer haha.

I've used a lot of distributions like :
- Ubuntu (my first one, started with the 9.04 version)
- Debian
- openSUSE
- ArchLinux
- Manjaroo
- Mageia
- Zorin OS
- Linux Mint
- Fedora (I'm currently using Fedora 26 on my main rig)
And many others that I need to try to find the perfect one for me !

As I said I'm a gamer, so I dual boot Windows 10 along my Fedora 26, but thanks to Steam for Linux I can play nearly half of my Game library in Linux.

And as both a Linux gamer and user, I'm contributing to the Wine project by submitting my tests results on the AppDB.

If you wanna play some games with me, don't hesitate to check out my profile and add me on Steam ! ;-)

Thanks for reading and many thanks to liamdawe for creating the GamingOnLinux website and feeding it with news ! :-)

tonR commented on 14 December 2017 at 7:59 am UTC

Hello! I’m Tone (not real name), male/mid-20’s/ somewhere in Klang Valley, Malaysia. Doesn’t have any background in tech industry. Knows about Linux since 2003/04 (Red Hat or Lindows forgot already) by my friend’s father. Started using it primarily since 2014 after my paid antivirus subscription ends and Windows XP is nearing EOL at that time. Discovered Gaming on Linux via Google News search about 1.5 years ago and become avid reader since then (Googling about Linux gaming news is still depressing you know). Decided to open GOL account because wanted to give inputs and/or views from Southeast Asia’s perspective.

Thank you for your time and again…
Hello Everyone!

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