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Old 11-11-2004, 01:02 AM   #1
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How to run windows in linux


Ok, this is my first post here. Yes, I am a HUGE noob when it comes to linux. I can navigate through it and whatnot, but to do anything 'fancy' in it, ya right...its easier to get a 2 year old to stop crying. Anywho, using wine or another program out there, how do i get Windows XP to load into linux? I have seen it done, but am not sure at all how to get it to do it. Mainly cause I wanna play my games still. Also, do i have to have windows installed to play my games. is there a way to play the windows based games through an emulation software? I am sorry if this is asked way too often, but hey, i am a . Thx!! ALso, i did check the turorials, didn't find anything. Oh ya, I am now downloading Fedora Core for the AMD64bit if that makes any difference.

Also, is Fedora Core a good flavor to use? I mean KDE is all the same, or is there a better version?

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Old 11-11-2004, 01:10 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ. Have you considered just setting up your machine as a dual boot XP / Linux box? I think that may give you the best results, particularly if you are brand new to Linux. IMO dual-booting as a transitionary step is always an excellent approach for people while they are getting accustomed to Linux.

As for how FC2 stands up against other distros, this is a purely subjective call. Each person has their own preferences, so my advice would be to try several, then stick with the one that you like best. Good luck with it -- J.W.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 01:11 AM   #3
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Ok, you are talking about 2 different things here....wine is a compatibility layer to run windows apps on linux and you can run some games on it, I have successfully set up counterstrike, neverwinternights, and a few others to run under linux using wine. But what it sounds like you want to do is run windows as a guest operating system inside of linux. This can be accomplished with VMware, vmware is proprietary but there is a free trial that you can use and it will actually set your box up to run a full windows operating system inside of linux. You can get vmware here --> http://www.vmware.com/
NOTE:vmware runs well, but it takes up a crapload of memory so if you dont have alot of ram dont expect it to run well.

PS-it is tricky to set up too so you might benefit from learning a bit more about linux before you try setting it up.

Hope this helps,
linux_terror

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Old 11-11-2004, 08:27 AM   #4
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if you want to play windoze games on a linux box you should check out cedega, you can get it here:

http://www.transgaming.com/

also it sounds to me that you would be better running a dual-boot machine as vmware (from personal experience) is a pain in the @$$
 
Old 11-11-2004, 09:46 AM   #5
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Or you can take the p**s like me and get crossover office from codeweavers. It's basically a proprietary version of wine (I think), but it's quite clever at enabling some windows apps to be run from linux e.g. I'm posting this with internet explorer, installed via xover office which is running under gentoo linux.

Sure I might not run all the games you'd want, but the ones it does run, run bloody well.

Failing that, dual boot. Straight forward (relatively). Plus you play the games you want, and then just boot back into linux

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Old 11-11-2004, 12:11 PM   #6
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I appreciate all the responses. I do have WinXP installed currrently. I think I will leave it for games only since I am such a beginner at linux, i will wait until I get better at to try those progs. Thx!!!
 
Old 11-11-2004, 01:02 PM   #7
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I'd actually recommend getting Cedega much sooner.

I think you'd be happy with it.

Also, there are a lot of games (if that's what you are into) that run natively in Linux, such as; Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2003/2004, Quake 3 Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Neverwinter Nights (all but the editor), etc., etc.

Duel booting is fine, but I've heard a lot of horror stories from people who's systems have gotten nerfed by bootloader problems and such.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 01:30 PM   #8
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auctually, doom3 and UT2K4 are the games I play the most. Soon to be Half Life 2, which Is why i wanna keep WinXP, if it doesn't run in linux. Nevr thought of that. thx
 
Old 11-11-2004, 03:16 PM   #9
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A concerted effort will be made to get HalfLife 2 running under Cedega, I can assure you.

Valve has been less than cooperative in the past, but the Transgaming team is superb. They know directx better than anyone but M$...
 
Old 11-12-2004, 06:25 PM   #10
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I was thinking about what JaseP said about not dual booting.

I'd still recommend it, I can't say for fedora, as I've never used it, but if you have, either mandrake for you linux, because they have that nifty rescue ability from bootable first disc (or the dvd if that's what you use), or of course a windows disc, that way as long as they usual facilities are kept up to date i.e. mail accounts, anti-virus, firewall etc, gaming can still be done via windows, everything else via linux, while learning linux and how to get some of the main stream type games running under linux.

It gives the best of both worlds.

Just a suggestion! (plus I've never had any snags whatsoever with my windows install, it's always been the linux installs that screw up - and only because it's me that screws it up with my meddling)

regards

John
 
Old 11-12-2004, 09:50 PM   #11
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thx for the reply. I was gonna do the windows and linux dual boot cause I got lots of vacation movies i have to edit and put onto dvd still and i like using pinnalce studio9. also, for gaming. ThX!!!
 
  


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