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Old 03-30-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
theMayor
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A little temptation = no good


Hello Everybody,
For the past few weeks I've been doing research on getting my feet wet with linux. Time and time again I've tried to get involved with linux and the open source community however each time I can honestly say has failed. At first my problem was simple. I didn't know linux to a point where I felt comfortable with it(in regards to my windows knowledge) and gave it up however now I realise that my lack of linux knowledge is ok, it just takes time.

My second problem is I'm an avid gamer. I love video games and unfortunatly the games I like to play such as splinter cell, WoW, Doom 3 etc are for windows. I've heard of people getting some of these games to work using wine however it seems rather complicated.

Which brings me to my final problem. Besides video games I can realistically say that I can without a doubt I could use linux for everything else. Media, video burning all that I can find ideal programs for. However I'm back to video games. If I install linux and duel boot with windows I find myself playing my games, finishing up then just staying in windows to finish everything else I need to do.

I'd really like to go 100% linux and give it an opportunity however I keep stumbling into problems. Has anybody else encountered these same issues. If so how did you handle it and also what can I do to convert over to linux 100% games and all ... or is it not possible? Am I the only one who finds themselves in this situation? Any constructive feedback would be greatly apprecaited.

Just an FYI fedora 2 is currently downloading ....

Thanks for every bit of help,
-theMayor
 
Old 03-30-2005, 05:10 PM   #2
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There are linux version of many games including Doom3. I don't know about Splinter Cell and WoW.
If graphics hardware vendors provide reliable and timely linux drivers(if not open source drivers) and/or release data sheets(atleast), than there would be no such problem I guess
 
Old 03-30-2005, 05:12 PM   #3
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Cedega from www.transgaming.org is making the installation of Windows only games ever easier. It has a gui which makes the installation simple. It's not free of charge, bu is not prohibitively expensive (literally a few dollars) - have a look at the site and see the games it supports to see if it's worth your money.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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If you still are not comfortable with Linux I recommend keeping your dual-boot setup a bit longer. Just force yourself to reboot Linux when you're done your gaming

It took me about 4-5 months of dual booting before I was confident enough to chuck windows for good, and I have not looked back.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 05:38 PM   #5
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Wow,
You guys are fantastic. It's only been five minutes and already alot of great feedback. I took a look at the website that was mentioned and that program seems to be a key ingrediant to my sucess! Also another quick question I have is what would be the best distrobution to use? Any ideas or suggestions?

My laptop:
1.7 p4
20gig HD
128mb of ram
nvidia geforce2 go


My Desktop:
AMD 2500+
512mb ram
120gig HD
soyo k7vme MOBO
ATI 9800 pro

Again you guys rock, thanks for the ideas and suggestions thus far.
-theMayor
 
Old 03-30-2005, 05:45 PM   #6
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Didn't you say Fedora is downloading? Why not use that?

In any event your question is very difficult to answer without a lot of opinion getting in the way. Do what I did, try them all, it's free! Pick your favorite.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 07:52 PM   #7
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I haven't found Cedega to be the best solution but it does work. HL2 runs very average in linux on low settigns where in Windows I used to play it on highest aat 1280x1024 People have mixed results though but go out and find some ID Software games you like, the usually release linux binaries. Support the software houses that support you
 
Old 04-21-2005, 12:52 PM   #8
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Regarding doom3, I can't say that it's honestly "out". I'm running Id's new Linux .run file under SUSE 9.2. I have inexplicable frame rate drops (down to step motion), also the spider monsters have their legs on wrong (they're funny, but plain wrong!). I still have to crutch that game with Windows. Linux incompetent me.
 
Old 04-21-2005, 01:26 PM   #9
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One way to encourage yourself to stay in Linux is to commit to accessing email and internet browser only from that platform. That's not really too much of a commitment given the potential hazards you are exposed to every time you open your email client or IE from Windows.

Another easy step involves making sure that you can access Windows data from Linux. My Windows setup includes a data only partition formatted in FAT32. That way any MS Office data, MP3's, video files, etc., are easily available for editing or other use from the Linux side. This is also helpful since those are often needed for email.

The more excuses you can find to stay in Linux, the better. Recognize that you probably can't survive without Windows entirely, but you'll soon find that you'll prefer to use it whenever possible. Linux is fun!!
 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:09 PM   #10
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In regards to your distribution question, have you tried LiveCDs? Being a noob myself, I spend a week downloading and trying about a dozen differend distros on LiveCD before I decided to install one. I only have a laptop, so hardware detetion was very important, since much of my hardware is not well documented, or is specially built. You can try a bunch of different distros and see which one "fits." (I use Kubuntu and Slackware, but that's just me).

From what you're saying, it sounds like you're really interested in migrating to Linux, and you find it enjoyable. Treat it as if it's another game, I've found it to be more fun that any video game! It's an MMOOS (Massively Multi-player Online Operating System), and you get to play against the richest man in the world. Happy gaming!

--C
 
Old 04-21-2005, 03:20 PM   #11
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Re: A little temptation = no good

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Originally posted by theMayor
Hello Everybody,
For the past few weeks I've been doing research on getting my feet wet with linux. Time and time again I've tried to get involved with linux and the open source community however each time I can honestly say has failed. At first my problem was simple. I didn't know linux to a point where I felt comfortable with it(in regards to my windows knowledge) and gave it up however now I realise that my lack of linux knowledge is ok, it just takes time.

My second problem is I'm an avid gamer. I love video games and unfortunatly the games I like to play such as splinter cell, WoW, Doom 3 etc are for windows. I've heard of people getting some of these games to work using wine however it seems rather complicated.

Which brings me to my final problem. Besides video games I can realistically say that I can without a doubt I could use linux for everything else. Media, video burning all that I can find ideal programs for. However I'm back to video games. If I install linux and duel boot with windows I find myself playing my games, finishing up then just staying in windows to finish everything else I need to do.

I'd really like to go 100% linux and give it an opportunity however I keep stumbling into problems. Has anybody else encountered these same issues. If so how did you handle it and also what can I do to convert over to linux 100% games and all ... or is it not possible? Am I the only one who finds themselves in this situation? Any constructive feedback would be greatly apprecaited.

Just an FYI fedora 2 is currently downloading ....

Thanks for every bit of help,
-theMayor
Ya I am in the exact same boat my friend, I am not even going to bother trying to setup Linux for gaming as it is too complicated for my knowledge at this point. I am working on geting Linux setup for everything and keeping Windows for gaming. Thusfar I have found the easiest Linux distros to use are:

1. Xanadros
2. Kubuntu
3. Mandriva

What I recommend you do is make an image of your Windows using Acronis True Image, Nortons Ghost or the like, then install Linux - no duel boot, muck around with it and if you dont like it just restore your Image and you are set.

I am currently Downloading Suse 9.2 as I keep hearing good things about it.
 
  


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