ArmA III Online on Ubuntu 22.04 – WORKS

After far too many years it looks like ArmA III is working on Linux. While you still have to use Steam’s Proton Expermental branch performance matches, for me at least, Windows 10.

My desktop PC is an old i7-4790K, Asus B85M-D Plus, Nvidia GTX 1070, 2 x 8GB DDR3 RAM, and a Samsung EVO 850 for Windows and and an EVO 870 for Ubuntu. The framerates are the same under both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 22.04 – 60 FPS. I think this limit is due to my monitors.

The only issue is that is I had two – two! – Kingston A400 480GB drives that were D.O.A. They would not show up in the BIOS as Kingston drives but as Phison PS3111-S11 with 21MB (yes, MB) of space (which I think is the cache). I tried them on two different motherboards with the same results. I bought the first one back to the store (they only had two in stock) and had no problems exchanging it for another A400. However, when I got back home I had the same issue. Given there were only two in stock, I suspect that they are from the same batch. It has been some time since I had problems with drives from the same batch being wanky – the last time was with two Seagate IronWolf 4TB drives. So, it happens.

When I returned the second A400 I went with a Samsung EVO – all the rest of my SSDs (SATA III and M.2 PCIe) are Samsung so the extra $40 seems worth it. (The only exception is there are the 4 Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400M Enterprise SSD in my DL380 Gen9 – but they are enterprise drives :-)). Anyway, put in the Samsung and the install went more or less flawlessly.

I say more or less flawlessly because I always have at least two paritions – one for / and another for /home and I forgot to assign /home during the install. No big deal, just a pain in the butt to move /home to its own partition. Oh, and I had installed ArmA so there was about 140GB of ArmA, Steam and mods to move…

Once my partner is back from vacation, we’ll do some missions to see if this works as well as I think it will.

It is so nice to ditch Windows!

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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