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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Desktop enviroments & gaming Reply with quote

Hi im new user on gentoo and i want to ask do desktop enviroments play a good role on gaming??? (better fps etc...) and bad english of course :D
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe so. What you need are the libraries a game might require, xorg-server, and your video drivers. I'm inclined to think that the lighter your desktop, the more resources will be available for the game.

I used to want to run all my Windows games in Wine, but ended up deciding to dual-boot instead. The only thing my Windows partition gets used for is games.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing I can think of is the increased ram usage when using big desktop environments.

Sometimes compositing stuff can make trouble, but that is switchable like in KDE.

In general I wouldn't expect much of a difference.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Desktop enviroments & gaming Reply with quote

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Yes - choose one that uses less memory. I use XFCE.

I compile xorg-server with --disable-composite.

Probably more important than the desktop environment, is what widgets you're running, e.g. to show CPU activity - remove those.

Run the game with a heightened priority (both for CPU and I/O). Here's my list of tweaks.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 2:22 am    Post subject: Re: Desktop enviroments & gaming Reply with quote

PaulBredbury wrote:
pelinio wrote:
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Yes - choose one that uses less memory. I use XFCE.

I compile xorg-server with --disable-composite.

Probably more important than the desktop environment, is what widgets you're running, e.g. to show CPU activity - remove those.

Run the game with a heightened priority (both for CPU and I/O). Here's my list of tweaks.


I'm using gnome 3 now, I couldn't switch to other program using alter-tab when I am running a fullscreen game. How is it in XFCE?

It could be done before, about gnome 2.2's time (maybe earlier than that, not very sure).
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alt+Tab isn't something that I care about.

I just tried with ut2004, and Alt+Tab doesn't work (is recognized as a tab in ut2004's main menu). Alt+Enter will turn ut2004 into a small window, but the mouse pointer doesn't leave ut2004's window.

However, I run most wine games in a separate X session (because that's easiest to *kill* them when they misbehave), using e.g. xinit, and then one can Alt+F7 (etc.) between the separate X sessions.
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK thanks for the replies so what do u recommend openbox, xfce or gnome 2 ? :D
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pelinio wrote:
what do u recommend openbox, xfce or gnome 2 ? :D

Personally, I would choose XFCE. It's a proper desktop (a "full environment"), in active development (4.10 is out), and I know it works OK.

I would not choose Gnome 2, due to lack of maintainership (just the Linux Mint devs AFAIK).
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PaulBredbury wrote:
Alt+Tab isn't something that I care about.

I just tried with ut2004, and Alt+Tab doesn't work (is recognized as a tab in ut2004's main menu). Alt+Enter will turn ut2004 into a small window, but the mouse pointer doesn't leave ut2004's window.

However, I run most wine games in a separate X session (because that's easiest to *kill* them when they misbehave), using e.g. xinit, and then one can Alt+F7 (etc.) between the separate X sessions.


OK, thanks.

Will try the separate X session way.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: A Reply with quote

and what about this ? :D
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_precise_desktop&num=1
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: A Reply with quote

pelinio wrote:
and what about this ? :D
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_precise_desktop&num=1


It's a glorified ad for Ubuntu.
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