A few weeks back we learned of Intel’s Clear Linux distribution working towards Steam support. While Clear Linux is a performance-oriented workstation/server/cloud distribution, repeatedly in our tests it performs among the top Linux distributions even when it comes to Intel OpenGL Linux gaming, so being able to game with it isn’t a far stretch with Steam support — there is also Vulkan support now too.
If you aren’t familiar with Clear Linux for OpenGL/gaming performance, see some of our past tests like in Clear Linux With Mesa 13 Is A Strong Match For Intel Linux Performance or Clear Linux Continues To Have Graphics Performance Advantage Over Ubuntu.
Clear Linux on Intel graphics systems can even outperform Ubuntu and other more popular desktop distribution alternatives. Though this is just for Linux gaming with Intel graphics — AMD/NVIDIA graphics aren’t currently supported by this Intel Open-Source Technology Center project.
With the latest Clear Linux builds, Steam can now install on the platform and games are running. It’s not a trivial, one-step process at this point but the setup steps aren’t bad.
Assuming you have an updated Clear Linux install on an Intel box and have already done a swupd bundle-add games (or if doing swupd bundle-add os-testsuite-phoronix to get the whole stack ready off a clean install), the steps for setting up Steam basically come down to: Continue reading