a week ago i decided to try out a Linux, i am getting tiered of windows 7 cracking up every 2-3 months ... so i tested PCLinuxOS (roll-out version, up to date) and tried my steam games with wine, of course big disappointment, so i tried crossover gaming 10.3.0. So my first impressions ware, that WOW, i can actually give up windows, so i decided to test a whole week. I have updated the whole system twice in this week.
Steam ... it seems to run ok, but there are serious problems with the window of it, I disabled all KDE (4.6.1) effects, but still, most of the steam window bottoms are not visible ( http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/860/snapshot1gn.jpg/ ), and if i click on the window title to drag it, once i release the mouse, the window continues to jump to near the mouse pointer when i move it, until i click the window again... several times i managed to click out of the window, on which occasion the window disappeared and never to be heard of it again, until i restarted steam :) very annoying issue ...
Let's go to the games, "in game community" actually runs ok, no problem (tested under CS1.6, CS:S, tropico 3, Gmod), everything works ok (i have read that its not working at all, but it does).
Also have read that DX9 causes problem with source engine, so -dxlevel 81 is the solution, but after installing DX9 ("modern version") into the bottle, no more problems, well, one tiny issue, in gmod, on gm_construct when i jump into the water everything is pitch black untill i get out, other then this i didn't see anything.
STALKER - shadow of chernobyl, Dead Space - they even run better then under windows. Particulary Dead Space had small lagging all the time, here, it runs fluently, i was pleasantly suprised ... only one issue with Dead Space, AntiAliasing doesn't seem to activate at all, while in stalker it works perfectly.
Now some bad parts, i re-installed Metro 2033 since the already installed version popped up window telling that i quote "Installing (step of) ..." then just existed. After reinstall it installed DX, VC, Physics and the game actually started, but once i moved the mouse over any icon 2-3 minutes of pause (yes, i know it's marked as not working)
Next Tropico 3 Steam Edition, i tried it out before metro and it wasn't 100% fluent on zooming in/out, but after Metro installed it's stuff, it actually was working 100% fluent. Two insignificant issues, the sea water at near the cost is totally transparent and the road selection is not visible, but insignificant issues, the game plays excellent.
CS1.6, CS: Condition Zero runs perfectly, the motd does not render, but who cares anyway (i read its a known issue)
Source engine games i have played: Left4Dead, Garry's mod, CS:S, Portal and TF2. Also the motd on CS:S and TF2 renders properly.
What didn't started at all was Portal 2, Scratches: Director's Cut, Left4Dead 2 - "Game not available, try again later", Dreamfall: The longest journey - "Can't find Steam" and it opened a browser to steam's page.
So overall, its good but not perfect yet, especially that steam window issue is very annoying, slowly but surely the day is coming when we can ditch windows for a nice linux that doesn't need to be reinstalled every 2-3 months so that games run good on it.
Tested crossover on: Core2Duo E4600 (2.4Ghz), 4 GB Ram, Gainward GF 9800 GT videocard 512Mb ram,
PCLinuxOS (32 bit), KDE 4.6.1, Nvidia 290.10 driver.
Keep up the good work guys!