Although Nobara Linux is still a relatively young distribution, which was launched in 2019 by software developer Thomas “GloriousEggroll” Crider in 2019, the Linux version has gained a fan base thanks to numerous optimizations specifically for gaming and content creation. This is certainly also due to the fact that Thomas Crider works for the Linux company Red Hat and provides important programs for gaming under the free operating system.
Switch to KDE Plasma and Steam Deck OLED support
Until now, Nobara Linux has relied on the Gnome desktop which was enhanced with numerous extensions by Thomas “GloriousEggroll” Crider. However, due to the better functionality in terms of HDR, variable frame rates and fractional scaling, Nobara 39 is switching to the current version KDE Plasma 5.27. In addition, the KDE team’s Plasma desktop is also the default desktop in the Steam Deck, which promises better integration with Valve’s Steam gaming platform.
Nobara 39, which is based on the well-known Linux distribution Fedora 39 also brings some patches for the support of the Steam Deck OLED (available here at Amazon). Of course, there are also the latest Nvidia drivers, a patched OBS Studio as well as important gaming apps. Nobara 39 comes with package optimizations for Steam and the extended version of the Windows gaming compatibility layer Proton as Proton GE by Thomas Crider himself. The Linux distribution now uses Chromium instead of Firefox as the default browser.
Download from the developer’s website
Interested parties can download Nobara Linux 39 directly from the project’s website download. Please note, however, that unlike Fedora, openSUSE or Ubuntu, Nobara does not yet support Secure Boot. If you are interested in the respective version numbers of the programs and libraries, which are in constant flux in a semi-rolling Linux like Nobara based on Fedora, we recommend the distribution’s Distrowatch page is recommended.