Steam OS It has not only turned the concept that many users had regarding Linux and its possibilities in the world of videogames, but has contributed greatly to bring new developers to a niche that until then was believed to be minor on this platform. And so comes an interesting alternative like Play Linux, a distro for video games that tries to simplify even more what Valve offers to approach those users who look for the most direct things because their more limited knowledge demands it.
Thus, Play Linux includes official drivers from NVIDIA and AMD, which as we know are not open source and therefore do not reach several distros by default that make this condition non-negotiable. And we already know that no matter how much effort the free software community puts into it, they always go one step behind the official drivers in terms of performance, and for a gamer that is also non-negotiable, which is why it is appreciated that here the position is less radical and it seeks to offer the best for the user.
In addition, PlayLinux includes other tools such as Wine, Winetricks, Play Linux Kosmos and PlayOnLinux, and it is that the idea of its developers is not only to offer the best for gamers but they also look for those who decide on this distro have no need to perform dual boot, something that more advanced users have achieved for a long time but that is not always the case with less experienced users.
Play Linux is a distro based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Although optimized for video games and for maximum performance, they have therefore opted for Cinnamon as desktop environment instead of Unity, and as we mentioned before they have been based on the official drivers from NVIDIA and AMD, in the first case with support for NVIDIA Optimus (Bumblebee). In addition, the Flash Player plugin and also the Steam client are already included, and then some outstanding apps are Firefox, Gimp 2.8.14, LibreOffice 4.3.1 and Spotify or VLC among the multimedia apps.
Further information: PlayLinux (Official Web site)