"Gaming on the Linux platform is alive and well, thank you very
much. In fact, there are more quality games available for Linux
today than ever before. If you're using a recently released version
of a distro, like Ubuntu, you'll find a wide range of game
categories available right from the install menu. The options
increase if you're not opposed to spending a little coin.
"Hardware performance is really only a concern for the
graphic-intensive games. You'll need a fairly recent video card
with on-board memory in the 256MB range. Chances are pretty good
that you won't have any issues getting them to run either, although
you may need to activate a proprietary video driver for the
graphics intensive games. With Ubuntu 10.04 we had to enable the
Nvidia proprietary driver on our Dell XPS M1330 laptop to get some
of the games to work. Neverball was very jerky without the
proprietary driver but ran extremely well with it"