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Elementary OS and Shadow


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Elementary OS and Shadow

I have been a long time fan of the Linux operating system for quite some time now. I love being able to customize the OS the way you want to have it, and being able to get away from Windows.

However, as you may know, since I run a gaming blog, Linux was not the best for gaming. So, I usually avoided using it as my main operating system for my personal computers.

Well, with cloud gaming, this all changes! Now, with Shadow, I can install Linux on my laptop, and use Shadow to play games or use Windows-based software only when needed.

And the operating system that I decided to install on my PC? Elementary OS.

Elementary OS

If you do not know, Elementary OS is an operating system that focuses on providing you with a fast, open, and privacy-respecting replacement to Windows and macOS.

It is based on Ubuntu 18.04 and is focused towards more non-technical users. Meaning, if you are not that Linux savvy, you can jump into this operating system with a minimal learning curve.

In my opinion, Elementary OS is much like MacOS in terms of design and User Experience. So if you have used MacOS before, it should be fairly similar.

It has been an easy switch for me to get into using Elementary OS on my laptop, and I love it!

Elementary OS and Shadow

One of the major issues I hear from a lot of Linux users on Reddit is that the Linux client for Shadow is rather... buggy. People have mentioned a lack of video, extreme lag, latency issues, and more.

However, for me, Shadow works wonderfully on Elementary OS. I did need to make a few tweaks to get it to work correctly.

The laptop I use is the Acer Aspire E5 with a GeForce 940MX. A nice little mobile GPU. But... it is not nice with Shadow, and thus, both on Windows, and Linux, I need to disable it to get Shadow to work correctly.

Thanks to Elementary OS automatically installing NVIDIA drivers on my laptop, I was able to go in and disable my 940MX, forcing my laptop to only use the integrated option from my Intel CPU.

After doing this, and setting the Shadow Appimage to be able to execute, I was able to launch Shadow and log in without a problem.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this operating system to those who want to get away from Windows, but do not want to spend the premium price tag for an iMac/Macbook.

Linux is continuing to get better, and many programs are now Linux compatible. And, with Google Stadia and Shadow, you can game on your Linux device as well!

Shadow will even allow you to use those programs that are only available on Windows since it is a fully capable Windows 10 PC.

If you have not taken a look at Elementary OS, I highly recommend it!

https://elementary.io/


Do you use Elementary OS or another Linux based operating system? Comment it below!

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