Drauger OS: new gaming distro that aims to offer a console user experience on Linux

Dragger OS Among gamers, or I see it that way because I am not, there are two «teams»: the one that prefers to play on computers and the one that prefers to play on consoles. What little I play I prefer to do on consoles, but I know that there are many who prefer to do it on PCs. On computers, the operating system that has more games available is Windows, but in recent years more and more games have arrived on Linux, partly thanks to platforms like Steam. A mixture of the two experiences is what it pretends to be Dragger OS, a relatively new distribution.

As explained in the project website, Drauger OS is a desktop operating system «gaming» which attempts to deliver the combined gaming experiences of PC and consoles on a unified platform while offering high speeds and low latency. The desktop he uses is an Xfce configured so that the interface resembles that of a console, something he achieves by displaying a horizontal bar in the middle of the screen.

Features offered by Drauger OS

  • Low latency kernel.
  • Xfce graphical environment.
  • Support for the Xbox controller.
  • Wine, PlayOnLinux, Steam and Lutris installed by default (you have to run Steam once to finish installing).
  • DXVK.
  • Based on Xubuntu LTS (the latest version, Drauger 7.4.1 is based on Xubuntu 18.04).
  • It is currently only available in English, Chinese and Hindi, although more languages ​​can be downloaded.

Its developer, Thomas Castleman, says he created Drauger OS to fill the gap in many important options in abandoned video game distributions. One of Castleman's goals was recruit others who are willing to help in its development. Other goals include making the distribution be intuitive with reliable functionality. Growing a vibrant community will help Drauger OS prosper. This will make it easier for users to get support.

What is and what is not

Drauger OS is a Linux-based operating system. What differentiates it from most is what it has installed by default, which makes it much easier to find, install and enjoy video games with great performance. In other words, and performance and interface apart, what this distribution offers us is the same as what we would get if we installed everything necessary in any other Linux distribution.

As it is not a distribution for daily use. This is one of the reasons why its developer team has not included basic applications that are not necessary to play, such as video and audio editing software or an office suite. It does include applications such as:

  • Configuration.
  • File manager.
  • clementine.
  • Engranpa file manager.
  • Terminal.
  • Calculator.
  • Firefox.
  • Text editor.
  • Video player.
  • Software center, from where we can install other packages such as VLC or GIMP.

The future of Drauger OS

What they hope to achieve / do in the future is:

  • Go ahead. Its developers are constantly looking for people who want to collaborate with the development. In this way, if someone decides to abandon the project, someone else can take their place.
  • Make it easy to use. One of the goals of Drauger OS is that it is easy to use, intuitive, but also that both software and hardware "work".
  • Let the community grow.
  • Make it easy to contact for support or to contribute to its development. To do this, they currently have a group of Telegram, Discord server, you can send them emails or even contact them by TwitterMastodon.

With everything explained here, the "target" of Drauger OS are users who want to play on Linux, with its strengths and weaknesses, and seek the best possible user experience, both in performance and user interface. In my opinion, the best way to use this distribution is in dualboot, which would allow us to use a computer with all its functions when we need it or move through a distribution with better performance for video games when we want to have fun for a while.

More information and download here.

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  1.   Jesus said

    I agree with you, I prefer to play on my Xbox One to play on my PC (with Windows 10 installed). The reason, all the games work, there are no errors, there are no cheaters in the online, I do not have to update my hardware ever (only when there is a new generation, and that for me is € 350 because I catch it at 2 years, and I could go on naming advantages).
    I think it's great that there are distros that try to imitate the experience of a console, everything within the player's reach, simple, and that it does not present bugs. I do not understand how Microsoft has not integrated into Windows 10 functions such as those of Steam (Big Picture) to imitate this easy and comfortable experience of a console