Canonical is looking for developers to strengthen games on Ubuntu

Canonical wants to make Ubuntu the benchmark for Linux Gaming, which is why they recently posted a job offer looking for software engineers to join the “Ubuntu Gaming Experience” team. The idea is for a well-known distribution to have a collection of games that just work on it (although we understand that not exclusively).

This isn’t the first time the company founded and led by Mark Shuttleworth has taken steps in this regard, as it made its intentions clear at the start of the year and recently published a Steam repack in Snap format that it maintains.

Canonical emphasizes that Proton offers a big boost to running video games on Linux. While the compatibility layer is causing some controversy about its current position and the apparent harm it has caused compared to native ports, it is equally true that over the years it has gained features such as the ability to run Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC). ) , which obviously paves the way for developers who are not always willing to spend several thousand dollars to make their games run on Proton.

Apart from the Valve ecosystem and its dominance in Linux Gaming, Canonical also mentioned things like performance, hardware and cheat protection, driver management, HUD overlays, RGB keyboards and headsets. RGB hardware is one of Linux’s biggest weak points in its competition with Windows, so we’ll see what the company does about it.

In short, the goal of Ubuntu Gaming Experience is to provide a competent and easy to use gaming platform. Canonical’s recent moves suggest that Snap will be at the heart of its gaming strategy, though this will only cover library support unless the company intends to distribute games through the Snap Store.

Requirements include experience with Linux input devices, sound and graphics, and C and C++ languages ​​(Python will also work). Applicants should show an interest in working with APIs and components such as OpenGL, Vulkan, Mesa , Proton, Wine, DXVK and Direct3D. We assume that VKD3D will also be in the package, although it is not mentioned, and the presence of Direct3D, because this is what in most cases is translated into Vulkan via DXVK (which translates versions 9, 10 and 11 of Direct3D) and VKD3D. (which translates Direct3D version 12).

The Ubuntu Gaming Experience is Canonical’s commitment to resurrect Ubuntu, which has fallen out of prominence in recent years due to the rise of Arch Linux and Manjaro, the advent of Steam Deck with SteamOS 3 , and Valve’s commitment to Flatpak as the installation medium of choice.

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