If you’ve just finished putting together a new gaming PC and are reading this, you probably forgot to grab a Windows 10 key. It’s understandable. We’ve all done it, getting carried away with picking the right graphics card (chance would be a fine thing), CPU, and SSD that you overlook the necessary operating system to run the thing. Still, technically you don’t need a Windows 10 key to use your rig.
Linux is a great and open-source operating system (OS) that you could choose to run your gaming PC on instead—it’s actually surprisingly easy to switch a gaming PC to Linux, too. And with Valve’s Steam Deck running on Linux, it’s surely about to get a lot better too.
The downsides to this option are that the OS can be a little daunting to get to grips with for new users, and you might find that some of the games you were hoping to play on your machine aren’t compatible with Linux natively. It can be gratifying if you do get to grips with this OS, however.