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Old 02-15-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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Lightbulb can u please tell me what to do to downloads windows games on puppy linux thank you


Can someone please tell me how i can download windows games to play them on linuz thank you

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Old 02-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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If you mean legal downloads, you can just use firefox like you'd do in windows. If you know the urls you can also use wget in command line to download anything.

If you meant illegal downloads then no one is going to help you here. Sorry if that's not your intention, I can't be sure by the tone of your post.

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Old 02-15-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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depends on what you mean by 'download'
if you are talking about illegal downloading then yes there are ways but.. dont ask here
if you mean how do i run windows games on linux try wine, wine allows a large amount of windows software to run on linux, albeit it is not a perfect sollution and nowhere near 100% compatiblle with all windows based software it is a big help
 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #4
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Hi,

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can some one please email at stephenfilgate@msn.com and tell me how i can download windows games to play them on linuz thank you
Welcome to LQ.

We don't reply via PM. You can expect replies in the forum since that will aid others that may have the same problem or question.

You should read the 'LQ Rules'.


If you just want to download a legal copy of games then you can use 'ftp', 'wget' or even a 'bittorrent' client. You should either 'man' the command or do a search on LQ or google.
 
Old 02-15-2009, 07:02 PM   #5
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stephenf, please note the reply by frieza, above, refering to wine.

The point is that Linux is not Windows, so software written for Windows will not work on a Linux system.

What follows reflects my personal understanding of why this is true:

What wine is, is a program that runs on Linux systems that can read a Windows .exe file and "pretend" to be a "real" Windows operating system with a few of the API (Application Programming Interface) calls working. Unfortunately, Microsoft, in order to "protect its investment," has a large number of API program calls which have no public documentation. If a program uses one of those API calls, then the "pretend" system will not "know" what to do.

Since those API calls are generally more efficient, commercial game programmers are usually willing to pay Microsoft for copies of the "confidential" API documentation so their games will be faster and more responsive then those written using the publicly available calling sequences. But, if they use those calls, their games will only work on Windows, and only so long as Microsoft does not change the "confidential, undocumented" calling sequence. (Microsoft often changes those sequences when a new version of Windows is released, and users of games written for the older version need to purchase "upgrades" so they'll work "better" on the newer OS.)

This practice by Microsoft is one of the principle reasons that Microsoft has been convicted of illegal restraint of trade in both the US and European Union, and why the EU is preparing to fine Microsoft several million dollars a day for failure to make that documentation available to the general public.
 
  


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