I have been using Ubuntu and later Debian as my daily driver for around 9 years now, but kept WIndows 7 as a second OS for games, though .
However, I now want to switch to using only Linux on bare-metal and keeping WIn7 in a offline VM as a fallback for some older games.
I checked WineHQ, Lutris and ProtonnDB and all non-native games I want to play seem to work in Linux either out of the box or with just minimal tweaks required.
I would like to keep two separate OS-Installs for gaming and work.
My assumption is that a distro more up to date than debian-stable would probably work better for gaming due to improvements in drivers or bug fixes in wine etc. I was thus considering to use one of the following for gaming
- Endeavour (or Manjaro?)
- Debian Testing
Is this assumption correct ? Valve only offers steam as a .deb, are there any complications or additional compatibility issues when using eg Endeavour ?
Also I seem to remember that there are some differences with game compatibility depending on the Desktop Environment. Is there one DE that works especially well / bad ? I was considering to Xfce or MATE.
NVidia drivers are no issue, I am using an AMD gpu.
I do have experience working with GNU/Linux, but no experience with gaming on it. I would appreciate if somebody could share their experience or thoughts on the matter