My experience with Linux (Nobara Steamdeck Edition) on the Lenovo Legion Go (Very Positive!)

First, a disclaimer - I have been using Linux for many many years and things that most people consider difficult or obtuse are easy for me. So any statements about Linux's ease of use should be taken with a bit of salt. Grin

So I bought my Lenovo Legion Go with the full intent to dual boot with Linux, and I couldn't be happier!

Nobara Steamdeck Edition was really easy to install (relative to other linux distros) and 90% of the device's features are working without doing anything else.

However, I'm a bit picky so I swapped out a bootloader that supported touchscreen selection (rEFind), and found a wonderful guide that brings the functionality almost to parity with Windows (and actually superior in a few ways) - https://github.com/aarron-lee/legion-go-tricks

The end result is something that feels better to use than Windows. Nobara running in "Gaming Mode" (Big Picture) uses only 1.6GB of barely breaks 2.5GB with a third party launcher running. This means that setting the UMA memory allocation (Vram allocation) to 8GB works a lot better! Even launching into "Desktop Mode" provides a better experience than Windows 11 in many places - mainly resource usage and responsiveness. 

Ultimately, I'm considering shrinking my Windows partition to be only used for Firmware and Bios updates going forward. Linux provides that good of an experience for me.

Linux still probably isn't for the non-technical quite yet, but in a year or two, it might be! In the meantime, if you like to tinker, consider this an enthusiastic recommendation to give it a shot!

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  • I decided to take the plunge by partitioning my 1TB hard drive into two 512GB partitions. Instead of Nobara OS Steam Deck Edition, I decided on Bazzite Steam Deck edition, and so far I'm EXTREMELY impressed by the functionality. So much so that Bazzite my become my daily driver gamer OS.

  • I feel like I invested way too much time in getting Nobara and all my games setup that I hesitate jumping to Bazzite.

    I'm more likely to go with Arch anyways since the creator of Handheld Daemon also maintains a couple AUR packages that do the trick better than Nobara now.

    Glad that Bazzite is working for you! I hear that's a pretty User-Friendly OS and kinda hard to bork.

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  • I feel like I invested way too much time in getting Nobara and all my games setup that I hesitate jumping to Bazzite.

    I'm more likely to go with Arch anyways since the creator of Handheld Daemon also maintains a couple AUR packages that do the trick better than Nobara now.

    Glad that Bazzite is working for you! I hear that's a pretty User-Friendly OS and kinda hard to bork.

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  • Yes Bazzite has indeed been great for me, although I'm probably going to go with Nobara on my eldest daughter's gaming laptop instead. Her laptop will not be configured dual boot for Linux and Windows. However I admit I'm sort of on the fence between Nobara on Arch Linux myself. Because in hindsight I didn't consider the actuality of the Steam Deck is essentially Arch Linux.