Nobara Is a Fedora-Based Linux Distro with Gamers in Mind

Nobara is a new user-friendly distribution with a modified GNOME aimed at new Linux users with gaming affinities.

Fedora is a distribution that improves with each new version. As a result, it is becoming a more attractive choice for developing new ones based on it.

The fact that Fedora comes with a vanilla GNOME opens up many possibilities for developers to build on. This is the case with a relatively new distribution that attempts to make GNOME more user-friendly for novice Linux users, particularly those who enjoy gaming. Please, meet Nobara.

Nobara Linux

Nobara Linux

Nobara Linux is a new growing distribution on the Linux horizon, primarily due to Thomas Crider’s efforts, a.k.a. Glorious Eggroll, Software Maintenance Engineer at Red Hat.

The projects on his GitHub page (proton-ge-custom, wine-ge-custom, amdgpu-pro-amf-fedora) show his primary focus on gaming. As a result, it’s not surprising that the distribution he created is mainly oriented at Linux gamers, but more on that later.

Crider stresses on the project’s website that Nobara should not be viewed as a Fedora spin. Instead, it is a fully independent distro, and no Fedora devs are involved. But because Nobara uses Fedora’s package base, it should be considered more as an extension of Fedora.

Now, let’s get back to the main topic. First, Nobara’s primary goal is to give the most simple point-and-click user experience possible. But, as we all know, the concept of user interface and interacting with it in GNOME is not easy to understand if you haven’t used it before.

However, as seen in the screenshot above, the user interface in Nobara Linux has significantly improved. But if we look behind the scenes, we can find that this was achieved by combining many GNOME extensions. In any case, the result is quite pleasing and will appeal to users.

GNOME Shell Extensions used in Nabara Linux

Let’s now move on to the gaming side of the disto, where a lot has been done. First and foremost, Nobara Linux comes pre-installed with impressive support for a complete gaming experience. The goal is simple – install the OS, install your games, and have them run out of the box.

Here you will find the Steam and Lutris gaming platforms pre-reinstalled and ready to use. Of course, Wine is also included by default in Nobara Linux.

Furthermore, the distribution supports automatic detection of NVIDIA GPUs and automatic installation of the relevant NVIDIA driver. Something that will undoubtedly be welcomed by users and will make life much easier for them.

We can’t forget to highlight that hardware compatibility has also been considered. So, just plug in your game controllers and have them work out of the box. A dream come true for any Linux gaming enthusiast.

Apart from those mentioned above, some additional changes should also be noted here. First, Nobara Linux has a set of multimedia and graphics apps ready to use. OBS Studio, Kdenlive, Blender, and Inkscape are only a few examples.

Nobara Linux, being entirely based on Fedora, closely matches Fedora’s release numbers. As a result, just as Fedora 36 is the most recent version, Nobara Linux 36 is the most recent release of the distribution. It comes with GNOME 42, Firefox 102, LibreOffice 7.3.4, VLC 3.0.17, etc.

Under the hood, the recent Nobara Linux 36 release is powered by the latest and greatest Linux kernel 5.18. Furthermore, Flatpak, as well as Flathub repositories, are available and enabled by default.

The distribution is available for download from the project website in three variants. In addition to the official one, there are also GNOME and KDE editions. So if you’re a Linux gaming enthusiast, you must try Nobara.

For detailed information about Nobara Linux, you can refer to the project website.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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10 Comments

  1. How dare you claim that guy to be an “engineer”. That’s the most ridiculous and stupidest thing ever. Software devs are NOT engineers, not even close, and will never be. Engineering is a serious subject, and has NOTHING to do with stupid kids sitting behind a keybaord and writing code all day. Engineering means designing and building real mechanical systems, like vehicular engines and turbojets. Software devs are claiming the most ridiculous of false claims these days. Software dev is easy and for kids, and has absolutely nothing to do with a real and serious complex subject like engineering. STOP being disrespectful to real engineers (Mechanical Engineers). And stop the lies.

    • This is the most snowflake-triggered comment I’ve ever read. Something tells me that a software engineer stole this guy’s woman.

    • An engineer has multiple meanings. In the case for software an engineer is a skilful professional who designs, builds and tests a piece of software to fulfil a need. I’m assuming in your mind, a computer engineer isn’t an engineer because the components aren’t big enough or maybe an electrical engineer because you don’t understand how electrics work? If software engineering wasn’t difficult they wouldn’t get paid much more then what you call real engineers.

    • As someone who went to college for a bachelors degree in Software Engineering in the 1980s, I can attest that “software engineering” is a real thing. I even worked in the back then famous “Bell Labs” as a software engineer developing software for telecommunication switches. You seem to be extremely ignorant about what “Engineering” is … and yes … I took courses in Thermodynamics, Electronics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc. As a software engineer (at least back then) you had to take a little of everything, and then the bulk in computer related stuff.

      If you think software is not complicated enough then you are a fool …

    • Why?
      Jealousy? If you don’t have anything good to say, keep it in your beak. We have have enough negativity why would you make a comment like that? Live and let live, I assume you won’t like criticism, so unless it is constructive and supportive, be on your way.

    • Without software engineers, you aren’t able to get this article, to reply that stupidity and the software used by “real engineers” are designed and built by software engineers.

    • @SoftwareDevsAreChildishLiars, I was a software engineer before you were born, most likely – and I pretty much guarantee that my code was tighter and faster than any code you ever have written or will ever write (even if you could). My title was Software Engineer, but I was all things IT on quite a large network in a reasonably large organisation. In those days, we engineered solutions to whatever “issues”, whether that be manufacturing, engineering, quality, office service, financial etc. That included not only computer code, engineering and design, as well as integration, but also ASIC development, board design and much much more. We worked alongside a new breed of electronics engineers as well. There are many types of engineers, in case you didn’t know. Get educated, lad.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out his job title at Redhat is a software engineer… did that occur to you? He did all this on his personal free time, hours and hours of work, he even added to the Linux Kernal so this dristro would work right out of the box. He did not have to make this available, but chose to share his hard work. What have you done, besides sending out hate filled messages?

  3. Yes SoftwareDevsAreChildishLiars, Software engineers are engineers if for no other reason that to piss you off. On what planet is designing software easy? You sir are in need of some serious help.

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