Beating windows performance with KDE3. Need opinions
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Since I've heard so much about windows and gaming. I was wondering how many of you are developers? I have been working on a story/3D data for a riven like game for about 5 years (on and off, whenever i feel inspiration to create more for it) but after seeing all the clones (as far as style goes) i lost motivation to release it as a game and just keep it as a personal immersive enviorment for myself.
Then I was thinking... NONE of these games are GPL... and this is not so much a game either, gets kidna complicated (for all the right reasons). Linux and the power of GPL motivated me enough to get back into it but I would definetly need help creating it. My coding skills sux0r.
Would anyone be interested in more info? I could post a thread dedicated to this project.
I use a bit of an older graphics card and it turned out to be a known issue that using 24bit mode is as slow as molasses. So I use 16bit and it goes as fast as it ought to no matter how high the screen resolution is set. By the way it's an I740 chip on the graphics card.
Maybe a search on www.google.com/linux with some of the hardware you use might turn up a few tweaks here and there.
Interesting idea on the game though. Would be a waste if you didn't do anything with those 5 years of work. I don't really play games a lot but I enjoy writing software. I don't have heaploads of time but if you start putting something together then I'd be glad to help out in maybe someway or another. Never done any GPL programming projects yet. But I've been kinda looking around for a fun project to contribute in.
I will make a post (and contact you and anyone else that is interested via email) about the basics and first steps needed to be taken. Im not much of a game player aswell BUT this isn't so much a game, as it is a immersive enviorment to 'escape' to. more on this later.
I'll scan in some drawings, render out some examples, tpye out some flow charts, etc to give you a good understanding on what the project actaully is. I think it'd be pretty simple as far as coding goes.
Gnome and KDE are *slow* environments by Linux standards,, but if your *sound* is stuttering, there is something very wrong. The only time I had a problem like this with linux was because the distro installed some bizare and incorrect network settings that caused the whole OS to lag. I'm sorry that I can't be more specific
There are still few things that is very difficult in linux. So its better if you go in for a dual boot but i prefer linux only. It getting better day by day. and it wont be long before linux beats windows in the desktop market
Talking about performance, here is what I can tell you:
(I'm a newcomer to Linux SuSE, been with Windows 8 years.
My specs: P3 600, 256 Ram, ATI 64 Ram)
Running KD3 16-bit color, 1024 resolution.
I decided to "benchmark" SuSE yesterday:
1. I opened FOUR desktops, and a total of 11 applications were running at the same time (3 full word processors, 4 consoles, MP3 running, System Guard, a solitaire game, etc.)
2. Not a glitch in my music as I moved from one desktop to another. In fact, not a glitch in anything else.
3. In Windows, just play your MP3 and dial a line. You immediately get a hang-up with your music (and they claim it is multitasking!)
4. Result? Were it not that I can't, for the moment, setup my winmodem (will have to buy a real external one), I would have blasted Windows from my system.
5. I'm definitely in LOVE with Linux and with its performance!