[HowTo] Use gamemode in Zorin OS 16


You want to optimize the performance of the game you play? By default Zorin OS comes with gamemode installed, but you have to activate it manually.

Before venturing further, you may test if your computer support gamemode. Run this command in the terminal;

gamemoded -t

Gnome Shell notification


You might consider using gamemode Gnome extension that tells you when gamemode is on/off.
Open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-gamemode gnome-shell-extension-prefs

Now enable gamemode extension. Do also examine its settings for preferred notifications.

Enable gamemode in a game

To enable gamemode for a specific game, open the menu editor (Main Menu) or type;


Pick a game and click Properties. In command line add gamemoderun infront of the command that is already written.

Before: steam steam://rungameid/560130
After: gamemoderun steam steam://rungameid/560130

Tuning gamemode (for advance users)

For those who like to configure gamemode may have a look at: gamemode/gamemode.ini at master · FeralInteractive/gamemode · GitHub


What type a game you can advice or solution what working from steam or another platforms? I heard for Steam is good to use a Proton.


It really depends on the specs of your system what I can recommend and what genre you are in to.

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Storm is correct, and you are correct too. Yeah......You guys are good. :stuck_out_tongue:

First requirement to playing games will always be your computer's specs. In todays day and age, gaming computers start at mid-range, then go up to high end, then top of the line.
A Great Site To Find Out If Your Computer Can Play Different Games

Now, once you've established that your computer has the hardware to play whatever game you want, then you can move onto the next step, gaming on Linux. For me, most of the games I play are on Steam, this is indeed because of Proton's compatibility layer.

Plus Steam has a massive game library, literally thousands of games can be found on the platform! Make sure Steam is installed. Launch Steam. Create or login to your account. Once you have the APP loaded, click on "STEAM" at the upper left hand side, and go to settings.

Make sure that Steam Play is enabled!

Some games will automatically run with just that option enabled, but some games won't. Right click on the game in your library list and go to "PROPERTIES." From there click on the "COMPATIBILITY" tab.

Enable Force Proton Version:

Then simply choose a Proton version to use. If the game still doesn't start, then try a different Proton version until it does. At the end of the day, its the Proton compatibility layer, which allows you to play Windows games on Linux.

But here's a fun fact, games which are native to Linux, games like Half Life 2 and Alien Isolation for example, those games don't need Proton to run, cause they are native to Linux, and as such, will play out of the box!

I hope this information helps.


Yes this is what your photos show us your guide is here very explained.

Working for me.

Whats up Bourne?

I don't recognize that game your playing, but I am super happy that its playing for you! Also, your computer SPECS are not bad there buddy. I bet there are a lot of games that you can play. :wink:

@StarTreker Whats up? I can sayed in linux we can find any solution with games and another software what "sayed monopoly for Billy". The best this game have a sign only on windows in steam. I started using some emulators and another things to can using programs from one operating system what are dedicated on another OS.

Ohhhh, I truly hate that junk from MS. There is a game collection that I bought called The Master Chief Collection, its the Halo series of games. I tried to play on Linux. The game would launch just fine via Proton, no issues with that.

The problem is, MS requires my Xbox Live account sign in. Well, I own an Xbox360, so of course I have an XboxLive account. But MS wouldn't even allow me to enter my account credentials to sign in, and would immedietly error out every single time.

There was literally 0-fixes at the time to allow me to get past that issue. All because MS hates Linux users and wants to make it as difficult as possible. This was a famous issue, as you can find oodles of documentation online talking about it.

I got a refund for the MCC since I couldn't play it. If MS wasn't such a monopolistic dictatorship of a company, it would have played fine without all that BS. Look at Valve, Valve supports Linux in just about every way, I don't have issues with their games!

Yes Monopol doing problems free open source where is very better from few past years. 30 birthday was linux not so long ago.

The game he was playing, and screen shot, was warframe. I'm glad that works. I haven't been able to get it working myself yet, but I've mostly been playing destiny 2, which doesn't work in Linux. I tried every proton version available. I think it has something to do with the additional anti cheating software bungie requires to play anymore.... not compatible with steam's anti cheat software yet.