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The future of Linux gaming: ARM GPUs and Android Compatibility Layers

Petition: Google: Public drivers for Android / Controladores públicos para Android |

The gaming at Linux desktop has 2 problems today

1st bad Nvidia and ATI drivers, they are better in MS WOS, 2nd only a 2-3% Linux desktop users market share.

You can play Quake3 or Quake Live with Firefox and a lot of ID opengl games, better in Linux, but with worse FPS tests. Less lag I think is more important than a little bit less FPS. Network is better in Linux. And running them without any need of antivirus - at Linux - make the tests almost even.

But good news, with Android ARM and its GPUs and perhaps its PUBLIC DRIVERS for Linux kernel perhaps Linux Desktop will perform better than MS WOS for games.

This SoC are better each day, there are a new ARM SoC from Creative that is almost as powerful - 50 Gflops - as an Intel i7, and there will be soon ARM64 with even more power.

Bad news ARM SoCs GPUs do not have PUBLIC DRIVERS as ATI or Nvidia blobs, I have a petition about this, if there are no PUBLIC DRIVERS Android cannot be a really Operating System.

But projects as Cotton Candy with better SoC inside every new version - I hope so - that have Ubuntu + Android, can be a pendrive computer inside your empty Phone + Tablet + desktop PC + TV for gaming and of course every other thing.

Not now, but soon the ARM GPUs will pass ATI and Nvidia ones, and even for X86_64 there will be GPUs, silent cheaper and more powerful with better drivers for Linux - coming from Android with Linux kernel- than for MS WOS.

Probably we will have sooner or later ACLs Android Compatibility Layers for Linux desktop systems, and Linux desktop users will be able to play Android games as now we play Flash games, and the Google Chrome Native Client tech will port Directx games to Linux desktops OSs too.

Then gaming at Linux desktops will be a better experience than at MS WOS, as it is now a better experience with Libre office, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, better if you use Mate - old Gnome2 - KDE, Xfce, Enlightment or even Unity2d, Unity and Gnome shell (3) ask a lot from old GPUs.

If you try any Linux desktop OS for a month and go back to MS WOS you will go back to your Linux in minutes.

I recommend Mint12 with MATE for beginners, but Ubuntu with unity2d is a good choice too.
And if you like to try LMDE, Arch, Chakra, Fedora and Sabayon and choose one.
If you have ATI do not try Gnome Shell - 3 - the ATI drivers do not support it well.

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This is what I do to my Manjaro XFCE just installed, in case something can serve others to configure yours to your liking, and / or copy part, I leave here the procedures,

Original in Spanish, translated with the Google translator help, and curated, after it, so please forgive me some "lost in translation" issues that you would be able to find here.

1.- More readable:
1a.- 168 dpi or 175% scaling
Menu - Settings - Appearance - Font types - Customized DPI settings

1b.- Panel 48
Right button in Panel - Panel - Panel Preferences
Size of the row in pixels 48

2.- Panel above

Panel Preferences- (des) anchor panel, hide panel smart
click on left corner, upload, anchor panel

3.- Install gedit (and remove mousepad)
Menu- terminal - sudo pacman -S gedit
sudo pacman -R mousepad

4.- On my Gigabyte AMD 970 gaming board edit / etc / default / grub
sudo gedit / etc / default / grub add to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT = "amd_iommu = on iommu = pt

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Volviendo a Manjaro XFCE, mi configuración


Esto es lo que le hago yo a mi Manjaro XFCE justo instalada, por si algo pueda servir a otros para configurar el suyo a su gusto, y/o copiar parte, dejo aquí los procedimientos,

1.- Mas legible: 
1a.- 168 ppp (dpi) o 175% de escalado
Menú - Configuración - Apariencia - Tipos de letra - Configuración personalizada de PPP

1b.- Panel 48 
botón derecho en Panel - Panel - Preferencias de Panel
Tamaño de al fila en pixeles 48

2.- Panel arriba

Preferencias de Panel- (des) anclar panel, ocultar panel inteligentemente
pinchar en esquina izquierda, subir, anclar panel

3.- Instalar gedit (y quitar mousepad)  
Menu- terminal - sudo pacman -S gedit
sudo pacman -R mousepad

4.- En mi placa Gigabyte AMD 970 gaming editar /etc/default/grub
 sudo gedit /etc/default/grub añadir en GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="amd_iommu=on iommu=pt

5.- Instalar yaourt y flatpak 
sudo pacman -S yaourt flatpak

6.- Instalar complemento samba thunar 
    sudo pacman -S thunar-shares-plugin-manjaro
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""Corrientes totalmente marginales en el mundo académico como el austroeconomismo, el marxismo o la economía radical están ampliamente sobrerrepresentadas en relación de cómo estarían en la sociedad científica""

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Y la teoría de la tasa decreciente de ganancia - mezclada con los monopolios shumpeterianos - explican bastante bien y simplemente las crisis de los modelos de producción. Es obvio que es cierto para cada modelo de producción, pero no supo predecir, que la evolución tecnológica crearía nuevos ciclos de productos con una tasa decreciente de ganancia ta…