I have been using CachyOS for more than 6 months at this point and I’m pretty happy with it. Among the many distros I tried, this is probably my favourite arch based distro. I initially installed it because it offered Hyprland desktop, and I didn’t want to bring over my messy config nor did I want to start from scratch. But sometimes when I want to game or when I wake up my computer from sleep the display would just keep blacking out and won’t let me use it until I restart the computer (I am using an AMD GPU btw). This issue has been happening on Plamsa 6, and Gnome as well. I have tried various fixes from the ArchWiki but it’s still there. Other than that I really liked the Distro.

It’s not like changing distros can solve my moitor blacking out problem, but I’m going to try something based on Silverblue for a change. Yes, I have tried the Ublue project in the past, it was good but I couldn’t get into the whole immutable thing back then, so I hopped back to my staple Arch/Tumbleweed and carried on. Fast forward to today… I’m thinking about trying Bazzite or Aurora as the idea of having a low maintenance system is now very appealing to me.

I’m not necessarily a hardcore gamer but I do play games every other day and also run some LLMs locally every now and then. I’m not sure which one I should go for between Bazzite and Aurora. Maybe someone who has run both can give their opinion.

  • @Drathro
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    I can vouch for Bazzite. Been running it on my desktop and laptop (both amd gpu’s) with virtually no issues or hiccups. The desktop is even dual boot, despite that not being advised.

    • @Eeyore_Syndrome@sh.itjust.works
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      131 month ago

      Been on Bazzite myself since the F38 Beta.

      I haven’t had to so much as perform a rollback even once on my AMDxAMD desktop.

      In fact the upgrade from versions isn’t even a worry anymore.

      I played some games, turned off my computer at the Fedora 40 launch and magically it upgraded to Bazzite 40 the next time I booted up, with 0 effort on my part.

    • @Telorand@reddthat.com
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      I have an older laptop with an Nvidia GPU, and it runs Bazzite mostly fine. There’s a few annoying things, but that’s mainly a product of Nvidia + X11. Playing games on it works just as well as my Steam Deck, and I’ve even rebased a couple of times due to (usually upstream) bugs that affected my specific setup.

      I can also vouch for Bazzite, and it’s the distro I’m using as a comparator as I’m looking for a replacement on my main desktop.

      ETA: I’ve also dabbled a little with Silverblue and Kinoite, and they feel just as solid and “complete.”

    • Thrickles
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      51 month ago

      +1 for Bazzite. I stopped hopping around when I tried it with Fedora 38, been using it since.

      I’ve had one problem related to kernel 6.9.x affecting Steam game stability on my old hardware ( i5 2500k). Newer systems have BIOS settings that mitigate the issue. It’s not a Bazzite specific problem. However, I was able to roll back and pin a previous image that uses kernel 6.8.x. Will unpin and update once I see a fix deployed.

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        Is it related to the issue described in the post attached to this comment? The linked comment also links to an issue page with details about the issue the poster experienced. If so, then that issue should actually be fixed in kernel 6.9 (which still has not been added to the Fedora 40 repos), and not caused by it.

        An extension of this issue is present in 6.8.9+ before 6.9, which is why I ask if this seems to be related (since the versions are pretty close in time and Fedora doesn’t even have 6.9 yet).

        • Thrickles
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          11 month ago

          That’s the one. Waiting for the patch to make it’s way downstream.

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            Shouldn’t be too long left, I’d expect it to hit Fedora 40 sometime this month. I also shared instructions on how to temporarily upgrade the kernel to the one in Fedora 41’s repos (which is past 6.9) if you were interested in trying that, though the instructions are untested as of yet (the issue doesn’t affect me since I don’t play games). It’s easily revertible if you wanted to give it a try. I probably wouldn’t bother if you use secure boot, because I’ve had issues with signing things before with similar steps, though those are the official steps from the Fedora documentation, so it may be that they just work fine.

          • Para_lyzed
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            This is a bit late, but I just wanted to follow up to let you know that Fedora 40 updated to kernel 6.9 last week.

            • Thrickles
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              126 days ago

              Yup! Forgot to circle back to this post, but confirmed updated to 6.9.4 and games are no longer crashing.