Canonical wants to make this a reality. It is looking for someone to help make Ubuntu the best desktop Linux distribution for gaming. It won’t be such an easy task.
Is Linux suitable for gaming?
“Linux is not suitable for gaming,” say the skeptics, and they have pretty good reasons for that. However, there are also those who are convinced that Linux is perfectly playable. There is no shortage of publishers who remember the supporters of “Penguin”, Steam has been available here for a decade, and the kernel development takes into account the needs of this specific group of users, which are gamers.
Of course, the fact remains that not every distribution works equally well in this role. There are, for example, special systems designed from the beginning with gaming in mind, such as Garuda, Drauger, Lakka or even Pop!_OS. They are based on frequent updates, simplicity and easier access to experimental applications. Canonical, on the other hand, would like the “best Linux for gaming” title to belong to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu as the best Linux for gaming
It is definitely not without its flaws. However, there is also no denying that Ubuntu is not only one of the most popular Linux distributions, but also one of the most vigorously developed. The most important company behind it, Canonical, would like the development to focus more on gaming in the near future. This is suggested by the fact that they are recruiting for the position of Linux Desktop Gaming Product Manager, and the job description reads that the task will be to “make Ubuntu the best Linux for gaming“.
In the announcement, Canonical emphasizes that it works with hardware manufacturers to ensure compatibility with gaming components. It also works with gaming industry partners to ensure the availability of games, as well as the tools and mechanisms (including anti-cheating features) that are important in this context.
Gaming Linux. Sounds like a challenge
While it may look promising on paper, the future Linux Desktop Gaming Product Manager at Canonical will have quite a challenge. The goal isn’t impossible to achieve, though the situation certainly isn’t improved by the fact that even Valve has given up on working with Ubuntu, which it recommended as optimal for Steam just 10 years ago. Today it chooses Arch Linux and it is on the basis of this distribution that it creates its own Steam OS 3.0, which will be on board the Steam Deck console.
This device, the Steam Deck, is proof that Linux is getting closer to gamers. So back to the point I made at the beginning – even if today Linux doesn’t necessarily look like it’s going to be suitable for gaming, 2022 may be a breakthrough year. The question is whether it will be so for Ubuntu.