Bazzite Vs Nobara

Hi there,

Nobara user here. I was wondering the advantage of Bazzite and what it could add to my Linux gaming experience?


The biggest difference is that Bazzite uses Fedora Atomic as opposed to the “Workstation” Fedora base. Nobara’s filesystem does not have read-only root files while Bazzite does.

Bazzite shares packages with Nobara and other similar projects like ChimeraOS. Bazzite maintainers and contributors have also collaborated with both projects previously. Arguably, Nobara and Chimera are most likely much more mature by now since they were here longer, and Bazzite is not even a year old yet (at least in terms of the first official public release.)

Our Github README includes what packages are part of Bazzite if you are interested. The best way to see the difference would be trying Bazzite in a virtual machine before trying it on bare metal especially if you do not have any issues with using Nobara currently. Also check out our documentation for more information.

Edit: Basically, what I am trying to stress - if any of the similar projects (Nobara, ChimeraOS, etc.) work fine for your setup, then I would only try Bazzite in a VM if you’re curious about it and take it from there. Other maintainers, contributors, and I probably cannot give anyone a list of pros/cons of each OS. It’s basically preference and what works for you.

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To add to what Nickname said, Bazzite, Nobara, and ChimeraOS share a lot of packages and effort. It’s a conscious decision on our part to not publish lists comparing features, and I like to think of Nobara and Bazzite as the Fedora Workstation & Fedora Silverblue versions of the same thing.

Ultimately the gaming distro you should use is the one that works best for you :slight_smile:

Thank you for your replies. I run Nobara on my TV at 4K 120Hz. Would Bazzite allow me this as well?


Yes. We offer both desktop and “Handheld/HTPC” images that have Steam Gaming Mode. Not sure what your setup is like, but we offer all of the same stuff: KDE Plasma (eventually we will have Plasma 6 this month), GNOME (46 releasing the same time as Plasma 6), and Steam Gaming Mode which is a fork of ChimeraOS’s gamescope-session.

OK, maybe I’ll give it a try next month.



I am still running Nobara 39 on my desktop. Just to experiment, I installed Bazzite 39 on my laptop.

I do feel that beyond the gaming similarities, there’s a similar philosophy at work in curating “smart” choices that larger distros don’t tend to make, especially Fedora which is a good base but oh so plain. I want smart people making good choices on my behalf – and that feels like exactly what Nobara and uBlue are doing, but in different ways.

ps BTW I used to run Garuda Linux on all my machines, which is a derivative of Arch with a similar set of opinionated choices. I liked it a lot but there was the inevitable rolling distro issues.

I needed to reinstall Nobara and also needed to put on my NVME at the same time, so I decided to try Bazzite first, didn’t work:

Did you automatically partition your drive? How much storage does the drive have?

Automatic and there was a bit over 100GB.

Does the error show up again if you tried? I’ve seen this error but it used to be common with our online ISO, but all of the ISOs on our site are offline. Did you setup a user with a password and disable a root account?

Tried it twice, I enabled Sudo with a password and create a user account as well.

Did you delete existing partitions during the installation process?

No, but what does it have to do with the current issue?

That’s a generic installer error and usually this happens even on upstream Fedora Silverblue if you have partitions previously there. I made a section on our installation guide about this error message after trying to figure out what it could be.

Are you trying to say that Linux can only be installed on a drive if it has exclusive access to that said drive, regardless if it’s an other OS or just files on the other partition(s)?

Unless you dual boot properly, then yes.

What do you mean by dual boot properly?

Follow the installation guide. Fedora Atomic Desktop requires partitioning a specific way.

Okay, so I am reading more reports that this issue still can plague hardware. If you’re still interested I wrote up a workaround guide for installing Fedora Kinoite or Silverblue’s ISO and rebasing from there. Sorry for the inconvenience.