Long day. Tired. Re-wrote this a few times. Hope it's clear!
There are some good people on this board, so I wanted to ask. Here's the gist of it:
(1) OK to not install dual-boot Linux-Windows 7 to play a few games? (have Windows 7 machine already)
(2) Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian or Debian?
(3) Does the desktop environment matter for games? (eg. Xfce vs. Cinnamon vs. MATE)
I'm thinking of installing only Linux on a used OEM desktop I picked up. (I've spent the better part of the day finding out that getting Windows 7 for it (legally) will be quite a pain. This is not to be contested.)Are there any downsides to installing Linux on the desktop to play a few games?
The few games I want to play all seem to support Linux now:
However, I've used Linux as my main OS before and it was never a gaming OS (well, apart from Quake and that, way back when). Does foregoing a potential dual-boot Linux-Windows 7 machine for a pure Linux machine
seem like a bad idea? I must admit I'm biased towards just installing Linux on the thing to just have an easier time of it.
Note that I've got a laptop with Windows 7, for work and for smaller (older!
) games. It's getting on in age, but if it was only turned on for part of the day, it'd probably fare better... not get as hot. -_- I could totally reinstall Windows 7 on the laptop then have just Windows on that one (and only use Linux from disk when the need arises).When I do install Linux, any gaming preference for a distro from this list?
Linux Mint Debian
DebianAlso, does the desktop environment matter when it comes to games?
Xfce has been my favoured in recent years. Cinnamon or MATE could do, though.
I'm going to look up distro support for each of the games, but I'd really like your general opinion on this.