EVERYTHING JUST WORKS!! Install a Linux Steam Deck Edition

Since the Legion Go launched in October of 2023 I've had a sometimes fantastic and sometimes frustrating experience. I personally believe many of the frustrations are not due to hardware, but software as in Windows as well as drivers. Issues such as gyro not working correctly since launch, yes, I know Handheld Companion is a worthy workaround as well as Steam input, but getting it to work seamlessly takes a bit of effort if switching from one game in which you aren't using gyro to using gyro and vice versa. The microSD card stuttering when accessing data induces hair pulling and more problematic things.

Many of my woes have disappeared after installing a Linux Steam Deck edition as a dual boot alongside Windows 11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79_FpshjYyA 

For the past few weeks I've been researching if installing a Steam Deck edition of a Linux distro on my Legion Go is worthwhile. Ultimately, days ago I decided Bazzite Steam Deck Edition https://github.com/ublue-os/bazzite?tab=readme-ov-file# was perfect for me instead of Steam Deck Editions of NoboraOS or Chimera OS. Although those distros are worthy options https://github.com/aarron-lee/legion-go-tricks?tab=readme-ov-file#which-linux-distro-should-i-install I found Bazzite to be the most compelling.

I partitioned my 1TB hard drive into two equal size partitions and swap as needed two 1TB microSDs (one for each OS) for additional storage (providing a total of approximately 1.5TB of storage per OS).

On Bazzite... simply put... IT JUST WORKS!!

Okay... well technically speaking there are a small amount of "bugs", https://github.com/aarron-lee/legion-go-tricks?tab=readme-ov-file#current-status-of-linux-on-the-lenovo-legion-go yet it is a FANTASTIC daily driver gaming OS, and much better than Windows 11!

If you've been frustrated with your Legion Go, consider taking the time to dual boot a Linux Steam Deck Edition... you'll fall in love again with your device!

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  • Curious about how much is the performance improvement for you and if it's worth the pain of maintaining the Linux distro in the long run

  • I haven't noticed any performance differences although I imagine there must be (I haven't benchmarked). Maybe what I need to do is install the same game on both OSes that have a benchmark or simply turn on a frame counter. For me... and this is my personal gamer opinion. If a game is running on Linux at 45 - 50 fps and that same game is running at 48 - 53 under Windows, I'd prefer to play it on Linux. Have a look at these videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN6qGFzRivk5pmUSRrvFXRmtrs2_7Al3G they should give you an idea of the same game running on the Steam Deck (Arch Linux) vs. Windows.

    The difference in my opinion is minimal with no more than 5 fps + or - depending on the game for Windows or Linux.

      If I may... consider grabbing a thumb drive of at least 256GB and install Bazzite, Chimera, or Nobora Steam Deck Linux distros to it. Boot from the thumb drive, install a AAA game to it and try it out. What do you have to lose? In less than an hour you'll be up and running. This way you don't have to commit to wiping your "normal" storage as you test out the differences.

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  • I haven't noticed any performance differences although I imagine there must be (I haven't benchmarked). Maybe what I need to do is install the same game on both OSes that have a benchmark or simply turn on a frame counter. For me... and this is my personal gamer opinion. If a game is running on Linux at 45 - 50 fps and that same game is running at 48 - 53 under Windows, I'd prefer to play it on Linux. Have a look at these videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN6qGFzRivk5pmUSRrvFXRmtrs2_7Al3G they should give you an idea of the same game running on the Steam Deck (Arch Linux) vs. Windows.

    The difference in my opinion is minimal with no more than 5 fps + or - depending on the game for Windows or Linux.

      If I may... consider grabbing a thumb drive of at least 256GB and install Bazzite, Chimera, or Nobora Steam Deck Linux distros to it. Boot from the thumb drive, install a AAA game to it and try it out. What do you have to lose? In less than an hour you'll be up and running. This way you don't have to commit to wiping your "normal" storage as you test out the differences.

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