I think my question is rather simple. What is the best Desktop Environment for use of Steam and games. I have had many problems with Unity in the past and there must be a better Environment. What is the SteamOS Desktop? Should I be using that?

Thanks for the help!

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  • store.steampowered.com/about – DnrDevil Dec 21 '15 at 18:42
  • @DnrDevil I understand the SteamOS is downloadable and I believe it uses Gnome, but that doesn't answer my question. – Max Kulik Dec 21 '15 at 18:43
  • Try KDE. It has best resources out there. – riashatrafat Dec 21 '15 at 18:54
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    Best is very subjective and off topic here as no right answer can be given, please see askubuntu.com/help/dont-ask Of course a light desktop (LXDE, XFCE, openbox) has better performance (uses less graphics ram / system ram) but the difference is negligible on anything but old computers and laptops. A modern environment (Unity, Gnome, KDE) will work best on a powerful system due to optimization. Side note, Steam runs better for me on Ubuntu Unity than Steam OS. – Mark Kirby Dec 21 '15 at 19:06
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    For some games, and because I did not want to get rid of Unity entirely I installed gnome-session-flashback to log in to a lighter DE having not too many new dependencies. – Takkat Dec 21 '15 at 19:41

Well what version of unity do you have ? Second if you think a light weight desktop enviroment will make your game run faster than, you can install the Lubuntu xubuntu environment inside ubuntu. Lubuntu is the most light weight. You can use their environment instead of unity. However, unity will still be on the system, just not in use. I currently have xubuntu (second lightest weight) , and am running it alongside unity, which is unstable, but really beautiful. If you prefer completely getting rid of unity and want to run the LXDE desktop,you’ll have to do some extra steps.

Try as many as you want. Different environments commands

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install Lubuntu-desktop

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