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Old 08-31-2005, 11:36 PM   #1
linus johann
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which distro for cafe


Hi everyone!,

it's been a while since i last visited this site.. now i forgot those who helped me out regarding my questions about linux the last time i posted here.. anyway thanks.. you know who you are..

now, i got another problem hehehe... i recently put up an internet cafe here in my country.. now Gates' henchmen are threatening to put us small operators out of business because we have been using their OS that's bootlegged .. now one our options is to migrate all of our systems to linux.. the problem is, most the games are "designed" to run on windows machines.. if only you could suggest a distro that would be most similar to MS and also to find a way to make those games and windows apps to also run on linux machines, it be greatly appreciated...

BTW, i have tried RH9 and used Wine to run windows apps.. it worked fine.. but my problem now is the games.. i cant seem to make it run using Wine..

TIA
 
Old 09-01-2005, 01:31 AM   #2
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I recommend a newer distro, such as CentOS 4 or FC4 (if you want to stay with Red Hat).

Codeweavers has a very slick version of Wine called Crossover Office, although you have to pay for it. I find it works well though. Installing IE using it only took me about 5 minutes, as opposed to about 2 hours with Wine. The cost is worth it in other words.

Transgaming has Cedega which allows some Windows games to run on Linux. Again, it costs money, but it is a version of Wine designed specifically for games.
 
Old 09-01-2005, 06:58 AM   #3
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have no problems with office apps, as open office works for me.. yeah i've heard cedega will run most windoze games on linux machines.. i've yet to try it out.. anyway, thanks..

BTW, a friend also told me that gentoo comes bundled with cedega.. is that correct?
 
Old 09-01-2005, 09:04 PM   #4
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Well it may come with the CVS version, but it is missing the GUI and of course doesn't work nearly as well as the full, retail version.
 
Old 09-01-2005, 09:21 PM   #5
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ive just downloaded slax live cd last night.. took it for a spin.. satisfied somehow..though it froze in the end (maybe because i ran out of memory.. i tested it on a machine with just 256mb memory) now im thinkin of a HD install .. cedega works with all flavors of linux, right? i hope so
 
Old 09-01-2005, 11:49 PM   #6
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definiteley cedega or wine.... DX9wine is included in the wine cvs now if you can figure out how to use it, and it rocks. As far as distro....... perhaps DSL, if you are interested in freezware, but (you're not, LOL)....nevermind.

cedega is also in the wine cvs, but it lacks some of the commercial jazz and code

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Old 09-02-2005, 09:58 AM   #7
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How about kanotix ? It's a "polished" version of Knoppix, which is capable of running as a Live CD or installed to hard drive - plus the repositories are closer to "proper" debian than Knoppix (as I understand it).

as others have said, it will probably be the games that are a problem. Lots of them can be run under the crossover plugin, from Codeweavers - though thats money as well. I've never tried cedega.

Surely if you're in the Phillipines, can't you just give the Redmond Software Nazis, the "sue me" reply???
 
  


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