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Switching to linux

Postby Lord-Nexsys on Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:22 pm

Hey, i recently decided to switch to linux, i have not got it installed yet however as i have heard a few problems. One of the biggest would be that i am a very big gaming fan, and ive heard that linux does not support windows games. With this in mind i fear i might not be able to upgrade to a linux machine. I'm just looking for an answer as to if i can play all my windows games on linux mint.
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Borat on Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:02 pm

you won't be able to play most windows games on Linux, though some run under wine or cedega, but Linux does have lots of games ready to download :)
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Noob Saibot on Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:05 pm

Well the solution for you, my friend, might be to dual-boot your PC. That way you can use linux and still have windows for your games.
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Sunny Rabbiera on Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:36 pm

Yeh a dual boot is usually a best bet if you are a gamer
but if you have a good amount of memory and a XP disk you can run windows under a virtual machine app
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Guest on Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:40 pm

good amount of memory and a XP disk you can run windows under a virtual machine app


i have an xp disk, but im not sure what you mean, can you explain more please.
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby deadguy on Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:14 pm

here's info on one such virtual machine app: http://www.virtualbox.org/

it is in the mint software portal: http://linuxmint.com/software/?sec=cate ... &release=2
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Guest on Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:25 pm

thanks, ill look into it
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby bef on Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:45 am

Running games through VMware or Vbox isn't ideal, a dual-boot is much more sensible..
A virtual windows installation doesn't make the most of your graphics cards and other hardware, in my experience.

Both options are easily achievable, even for a new user, there is so many guides. Should something go wrong, there is communities like this where you can get help and advice.

My suggestion would be to go with a dual-boot if you want to keep playing your Windows games, but look at both the options and assess what suits you better.
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Gman8941 on Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:40 pm

I dual booted Vista and Linux for a while sense I feared that my TF2 and WoW would run slow...well I fully converted over to Linux and through Wine, TF2 Runs better than it did in vista and I quit playing wow so I never installed it. I would expect the results to be near the same though. So i guess it really just depend on what games you play, it is totally possible for you to fully convert if your lucky like me and your games run good.
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Re: Switching to linux

Postby Acid7711 on Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:34 pm

Sunny Rabbiera wrote:if you have a good amount of memory and a XP disk you can run windows under a virtual machine app

That might work for most games that require very minimal/no 3d acceleration, but most of those types of games work under wine in that case.
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