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Through the lens of an enthusiast, Linux gaming is healthy. Valve and Codeweavers (the company behind Wine) have boosted its profile significantly since introducing Proton, a compatibility solution that lets you play literally thousands of Windows-only games across dozens of Linux distributions. Ditto that for great services like Lutris, which employs Wine and pre-configured scripts to make installing games from Epic, Origin and Blizzard a mostly painless click-and-go affair. But the real problem with Linux gaming in 2020 has nothing to do with actual games.
The Radeon Adrenalin dashboard packs in more features than any companion app on Linux
In fact, I’m going to make a bold claim: Imagine for a moment that the only purpose for PCs was gaming. Even if 100% of Windows-only games were perfectly playable on Linux and with comparable performance, Windows would still win the battle, would still dominate mindshare and marketshare. Because PC gaming is increasingly about the entire ecosystem surrounding the games we play.
Let me explain.
I’ve been doing the professional tech journalism thing here at Forbes for 8 years, and have reviewed a closet full of GPUs and PCs. I covered dozens of hardware launches and spoke at length to AMD, …
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