Late last year, young developer Rudra Saraswat gifted Ubuntu gamers with a great GUI tool. The cleverly-named “Gamebuntu” utility was effectively a bash script that automatically installed a veritable kitchen sink of gaming tools and then used a convenient overlay for finding and launching things like Steam, VLC, OBS, Twitch, Lutris, Discord, and others. But this week, Rudra announced a completely new version that takes Gamebuntu in a different, and more elegant, direction.
The new approach for Gamebuntu is refreshingly reminiscent of what Ubuntu Budgie is adding to its welcome app for version 22.04. Instead of a large install routine that sets up a predetermined gaming environment, Gamebuntu 1.0 lets you choose which software to install.
Here’s what Gamebuntu 1.0 offers up via its current AppImage on GitLab, broken down by menu:
- Minigalaxy (GOG)
- Lowlatency kernel
- Xanmod kernel
- Polychromatic (Razer)
- Wine (with
wine-binfmtto run Windows executables directly)
- OBS Studio
It’s a solid selection of important gaming tools and clients! I’ve also suggested adding the excellent Protonup-QT, a GUI tool letting you update and manage custom Steam Proton variants like Proton-GE.
Rudra encourages you to add your own suggestions to this Ubuntu Discourse thread.