If you come from Windows or basically just want to get the best performance with your hardware under Ubuntu or based distros, here I’ll show you the basic tools to convert your vanilla Ubuntu installation into a Ubuntu Gaming edition.
First of all tasks we need to do, and the most important one, we need to update the mesa drivers to the very latest version and keep them updated with a PPA. To do that, we are going to install the Padoka PPA repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paulo-miguel-dias/mesa sudo apt-get update
After this addition, let’s upgrade the whole system:
sudo apt update && sudo apt --yes upgrade && sudo apt --yes dist-upgrade \ && sudo apt --yes autoremove && sudo apt --yes autoclean
So, just reboot (sudo reboot) and let’s upgrade the Linux Kernel (optionally).
This step will be more useful for people with newer GPU, but I personally always found nice to have the latest kernel because of features for the other parts of your hardware, maybe because of my relative ancient hardware.
Also, keep in mind that the new kernel may be incompatible or could have any regression which make the OS unstable. In this case, it’s easy to revert the installation using GRUB to load the previous Linux Kernel from the original Ubuntu installation. This is why this step is optional.
You can install the latest kernel manually downloading the .deb files from http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ or you can use the Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility (ukuu) which downloads the kernels from the previous URL but also installs them automatically and notify you when new kernel is found:
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ukuu
Then, just install your games using the tool that you are used to and also install Steam because of cheap Linux games:
sudo add-apt-repository multiverse sudo apt update && sudo apt install steam
Don’t forget to go to Humble Bundle and Good Old Games for more Linux games at the best price!