@Blackvfx2018 As a Linux user myself (use Manjaro), I agree with rodlie’s assessment. However, I would say that if performance is your literal number one concern, and you are prepared to go to any lengths to get it incredibly fast, then configure your “dream system” like so:
- You really MUST have Nvidia GPUs (+ drivers) with CUDA and OpenGL installed. You can install both via package manager.
- Don’t use any desktop environment. GNOME, KDE Plasma, etc. are all going to hog your memory. Instead, install dwm. It is a window manager, and very light on resources
- Get a render farm, if you can afford one. If not, then always use the command line when running Natron for renders
- As for audio and video editing, there are distros that make stuff easier to install and use (like KDE neon and Ubuntu, as mentioned) BUT installing everything via package manager using the terminal is probably the best way to cut down on system resources
Again, all of this is with huge caveats:
- You’ll be spending a lot of time configuring. Installing drivers is a pain assuming you don’t follow the “easy ways”, and you’d practically be needing another screen to just read tons and tons of wiki pages on configuration. Really, I’ve experienced this firsthand.
- You’ll need to learn the terminal and shell scripting. You don’t need to be great at it, but you have to get used to using those everyday.
In general, I don’t recommend anyone to follow this approach. It took me two weeks to fix a computer crash caused by me messing up my Linux system to try to just do the second step. As others have said, just use your existing system, install necessary drivers, and keep your memory and storage usage in simple ways (closing down apps when doing heavy vfx, routinely deleting trash, etc.)