When you think about gaming machines, two things come in your mind, Microsoft Windows and Desktop computers, but now we are seeing more laptop manufactures getting into the business of gaming by making really cool and thin laptop for gamers with the latest specs that you can find around from graphics card to storage. And for ages windows has been dominating the gaming business but seems it is not going to last as some manufacturers has been working on providing the latest powerful laptops with Linux distros. Some people may ask, why the heck would I game on a Linux machine while I can have same or maybe better experience with windows? True! but what you should ask is Why not, why not gaming on a Linux machine?
To answer this question, let go back when Windows 8 was released and its integrated app store, well it seems like Microsoft will one day close the Windows platform and prevent third-party software stores like Valve’s Steam from operating on Windows, so Valve is porting Steam and many of their popular games to Linux
another important consideration when gaming on Linux is your graphics hardware. Most Linux distributions will use open-source graphics drivers by default. However, AMD and NVIDIA also provide closed-source graphics drivers for Linux. These proprietary graphics drivers will generally provide much better 3D performance than the open-source ones. Historically speaking, NVIDIA’s 3D drivers have been much more stable and better-performing than AMD’s on Linux. To squeeze all the 3D performance, you can out of Linux, an NVIDIA graphics card is the way to go.
Now, you may ask the question, where can I find a Linux based gaming laptop? In this case your choices are slim, you can buy a Windows laptop and replace the operating system with Ubuntu, but the best experience is to have a machine that was designed and sold with Linux in mind.
Folks at System76 have been making computers, laptops and servers based on Ubuntu OS for a long time and seems they know what they are doing. So, if you are in market looking for an Ubuntu based gaming laptop you may need to check out the Oryx Pro gaming laptop.
This beast has under the hood some powerful specs that you may find in the highest end laptops. Powered by a Core i7 Intel 6th generation Skylake processor, Nvidia Geforce GTX 980M GPU and a 17.3 inch IPS and G-Sync matte display.
Full list of Specifications:
|Processor||6th Gen Intel® Core i7 up to 3.6 GHz Quad-Core|
|Display||15.6″ or 17.3″ 1920×1080, matte, optional IPS & G-SYNC|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970M or 980M|
|Memory||Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 2133 MHz|
|Storage||2× M.2 SSD, 2× 7mm height drive. Up to 5 TB total.|
|Expansion||4× USB 3.0 Type-A, SD Card Reader|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless-AC WiFi|
|Video Ports||1× HDMI, 2× Mini DisplayPort|
|Dimensions||15″ 970M: 38.51 × 27.10 × 2.49 cm|
|15″ 980M: 38.51 × 27.10 × 2.87 cm|
|17″ model: 41.71 × 28.70 × 3.00 cm|
|Weight||15″ model: 2.49 kg.|
|17″ model: 3.20 kg.|
The Oryx Pro ships with Ubuntu 15.10, which comes configured with Nvidia proprietary drivers, so you are ready to game right away. Of course, you will want to install Steam to take advantage of premium games. Gaming aside, the Oryx Pro absolutely flies; this is cutting edge specs, folks. The Core i7 Skylake processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM and NVMe SSD will tackle absolutely anything you can throw at it.
So, who is this laptop for? Well, it depends. While the big focus is on gaming and LAN parties, this could also serve as a solid all-purpose family PC, or as a Linux workstation for a small business. Remember, you get what you pay for.
For more information about Oryx Pro laptop and more other products including laptops and desktop PCs you can check their website