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Old 01-28-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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doubting to change from microsoft to linux



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I thought for a long time to change to linux it seems to have a better security and stability probably a lot of other advantages, I went looking for information about linux and it seems to be that installing applications is difficult, and another thing is I'm addicted world of warcraft and on the box of the game it only supports microsoft windows and mac. I do want to try a duallboot, but I don't know how and if its possible to play world of warcraft with the expansion the burning crusade?
 
Old 01-28-2007, 04:57 PM   #2
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doubting to change from microsoft to linux


Hi
I thought for a long time to change to linux it seems to have a better security and stability probably a lot of other advantages, I went looking for information about linux and it seems to be that installing applications is difficult, and another thing is I'm addicted world of warcraft and on the box of the game it only supports microsoft windows and mac. I do want to try a duallboot, but I don't know how and if its possible to play world of warcraft with the expansion the burning crusade?
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:00 PM   #3
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A lot of people seem to play WoW thru emulators on Linux, but I can't really imagine why. If your primary use of the computer is to play games, my suggestion would be to stick with Windows for the time being.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:06 PM   #4
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Quote:
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I went looking for information about linux and it seems to be that installing applications is difficult,
I do not intend to be confrontational, but I would be curious to know what you base this statement on.
The fact is that, using a good package manager, much of the process of installing SW is subsantially EASIER than Windows.

To be sure, if something is not set up for the package manager, then it can be difficult.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:09 PM   #5
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Installing programs is only difficult if you use a distribution that does not have an automated binary package manager. Try something Debian based, like Ubuntu, and you will have no shortage of programs you can install with only a few clicks of the mouse.

As for WoW, I know that the game itself is playable under Linux through Wine/Cedega. I don't know about the expansion though, perhaps somebody else has information about that.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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Posted by pixellany:
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The fact is that, using a good package manager, much of the process of installing SW is subsantially EASIER than Windows.
I concur and it's also MUCH quicker: typical time to install Slackware or Debian on my machine about 45 minutes; time to install Windows with SP2 about two and a half hours, plus numerous hours installing other software similar to that included in the Linux distro.

Installing SW with Debian is a breeze.

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:25 PM   #7
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If you've got a powerful enough computers, you could always try running it with VMware or QEMU. But that might be too much.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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I do not intend to be confrontational, but I would be curious to know what you base this statement on.
The fact is that, using a good package manager, much of the process of installing SW is subsantially EASIER than Windows.

To be sure, if something is not set up for the package manager, then it can be difficult.
I don't want to look like a noob but what means SW, I don't know that much about linux.
But it's possible right a duallboot and world of warcraft, i found a tutorial
but that's for gentoo and I dont know what distribution i should use. I think im gone make a backup of my harddrive and try linux, if I have problems i still can switch back :P I just liked to know some information and this forum was the answer. anyway it looks complicated installing applications when I saw all those codes. But I think that you need to get used to it.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:28 PM   #9
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bye bye all. 8)

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:53 PM   #10
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SW = software.

Haven't used it myself, but Mandriva is supposed to be the beginners distro. Kubuntu is also good for a Windows user.
 
Old 01-28-2007, 05:59 PM   #11
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@mikieboy: Nah. Linspire. You can't compete with CNR, and built-in support for everything. Of course, with Linspire, the line between Ms Windows and Linux starts to melt...

IMHO, if you're willing to invest time in it, and willing to "grow with your OS", Ubuntu is without a doubt the best. Lack for proprietary plugins might turn off some new users, but for anyone willing to learn there's no competition, minus Gentoo and Slackware of course :P
 
Old 01-28-2007, 06:32 PM   #12
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@mikieboy: Nah. Linspire. You can't compete with CNR, and built-in support for everything. Of course, with Linspire, the line between Ms Windows and Linux starts to melt...

IMHO, if you're willing to invest time in it, and willing to "grow with your OS", Ubuntu is without a doubt the best. Lack for proprietary plugins might turn off some new users, but for anyone willing to learn there's no competition, minus Gentoo and Slackware of course :P
Agreed...

Ubuntu is about as easy as it gets. Synaptic kills CNR if you ask me. Linspire isn't bad, its just so unbelievably slow, it wasn't for me.

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Old 01-28-2007, 10:44 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sigiken
I thought for a long time to change to linux it seems to have a better security and stability probably a lot of other advantages, I went looking for information about linux and it seems to be that installing applications is difficult, and another thing is I'm addicted world of warcraft and on the box of the game it only supports microsoft windows and mac. I do want to try a duallboot, but I don't know how and if its possible to play world of warcraft with the expansion the burning crusade?
I suggest that "world of warcraft" is your "killer app."

Your fundamental need is "to run 'world of warcraft'," as simply and as error-free as possible.

Therefore, the most-reasonable (and indeed, 'the only') decision that you can make (at this time) to fill that need is to .. (sorry) .. run Microsoft Windows.

End of story. "Go and do likewise." 'The tool for the job' and all of that.

If your obsession is "to run this particular program," then your obsession is not "to figure out how to run this program in an environment (no matter how kewel) for which it was not intended by its designers." You're wasting your time. Beating your head against a wall for no good reason.

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P.S.: Umm, as a matter of fact, Microsoft (and Apple) are no slouch and their system as-a-matter-of-fact does have a very well-thought-out installation system and all of that. But let's be, and stay, realistic, shall we? You are "the customer" and you 'wanna play this game' and therefore whatever allows you to "get from 'point-A' to 'point-B'" is ... the winner. End of story (for you, and that's okay!).

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Old 01-29-2007, 04:19 AM   #14
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There are quite a few ways to run World of Warcraft on Linux, Crossover office for example. Or you could dual boot. If you resize you're windows partiton, probobly safest with windows tools, then install linux to the empty space any good distro will automatically setup dual booting.

And I'd disagree with the ubuntu fans, Debian etch is the best distro. Really though you just have to try a few till you like one.
 
Old 01-29-2007, 06:19 AM   #15
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Other apps to

World of warcraft is my primary app. But I do use other applications F.I. virtual dub for converting movies with subtitles, microsoft office for school, and later on I might need to use solidedge similar to autocad.
 
  


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