Time being what it is - relentlessly moving forward - Linux has had a bad rap in the past when it comes to game play. If you consider that most all of the popular game set top boxes run on one form of Unix or the other - this perception is not deserved. In this article I'm going to give you a condensed review and comparison of 16 Linux games that you should give some serious considerations if you like games and gaming. In order to make this list the game had to rate at least a 7.5 out of 10, it had to be free and each game had to be readily available for download and installation in any Peach OSI distro offering. Each of the 16 games are available from either the Gnome Software Center or the Ubuntu Software Center. (Icon links to both of these software centers are available on the bottom dock of every Peach OSI distro.) In most cases you will have better gameplay with the following games if you install a 64bit version of Peach OSI (suggested Peach distros are: - "Barebones" or "The Works"). Please note that we have made links to video for each of the included 16 Linux games and we have included those videos on one single page. Convention says that placing 16 video links with the graphics thereof on one page is not the best way to create an efficient web page and the next page to our Linux game review may load slowly because of the video pre-loading into the page. But more importantly, I believe that this is a small trade-off in order to keep the continuity and importance of the page. Once the following page loads you will be able to watch an onscreen video of each of the actual 16 games complete with sound so that you can best get a feel for the game. Personally I cannot think of a better way to review a game. Somehow just placing a screen shot of each game did not give a true depiction of the game being reviewed. In order to view each video simply click on the video. Please note that you can also watch each video in full screen mode. There are hundreds - if not thousands - of more Linux compatible games available in the Software Centers available inside Peach OSI. Feel free to comment and add your own favorite Linux games at the bottom of the page. Click "Read More" below to load the entire article.
Article by Jack M. Germain listed on TechNewsWorld - see the original article
Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. It is also rare to see a first stable release offer the kind of smooth performance and expansive feature set as Peach OSI. Peach OSI is a great starting point for Linux newcomers. It is also a solid choice for seasoned Linux users looking for a sharper edge. Peach is based on Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long-term Support). It uses the XFCE desktop environment, but not the standard issue variety. Its design pushes the XFCE desktop environment over the edge.
The XFCE desktop is a computing environment workhorse. Its lightweight design is ideal for older and underpowered desktop computers. It runs quick and steady on netbooks and aging laptops. Even better is its solid fit on well-endowed hardware. Unlike other lightweight desktop options, XFCE offers more configuration options, which lets you more efficiently set up your desktop your way. It gives you full control to place application icons on a favorites bar in the main menu, on a traditional panel bar, and even on the desktop itself. All it takes is a right-click on any main menu item. However, Peach OSI's developers did not settle for integrating the standard XFCE interface. They added extra functionality to the user interface to make it more convenient and powerful. For example, the UI has a special visual application dock and the SlingShot Launchpad, making it a very suitable interface for really young kids. The UI also has tools to help users with visual and physical impairments. The 64-bit version can handle up to 126 GB of RAM, while the 32-bit version can run on 512 MB of memory or less. I ran it on a very old bare-bones laptop as well as on a supercharged desktop. Sure, Peach sputtered a tiny bit on the low-end rig -- but it loaded and ran. I can not say that about any other Linux installation I have tried in that sparse a setting, except for Puppy Linux. Peach OSI installs as a standalone system. Peach runs in a virtual machine or directly from a DVD or USB.