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Old 05-04-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
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some questions which i take an interest in (debian, sloc)

hello all together!

my name is dennis, i turned 18 some weeks ago and still got a pc running windows. such a shame. but i hope this is going to change soon.

i have some question here which catched my attention while informing myself about debian and linux in general. i hope some of you can help me.

first of all, when using debian, is there any method to play my games withough restarting and choosing windows when i have a dual boot thing going on?

while searching trough linux pages, i discovered, that debian has nearly 250 million source lines of code. xp has 50 million. how does it come that debians source code is that big? is there a distribution with even more lines?

my last question aims to people who switched from vista to debian. how was it for you? what problems did you encounter?

Old 05-04-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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For using windows games and applications you can use Wine (Windows, Is not Emulator), however not all games and applications may work from this so it's good to check what works but alot of things should work in this method. I am not a regular user of Debian so can not really answer the rest of it, however I advise switching in steps rather then a huge jump, alot of people jump into the deep end of linux far too quickly and get scared off by it, it sounds like your planning to dual boot what can help with this as you can switch between them. Also you can try a virtual machine first, so you can run a linux virtual machine from within windows and use both at the same time.
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yeah, this sounds like a good idea.

another question that came to my head in the shower:
what is debians maximum adressable memory?

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address memory? if you mean RAM then 32-bit will have a 4GB limit, however if your CPU supports it you should be able to install the PAE (physical address extension) kernel package to raise that to 64GB, 64-bit shouldn't have any realistic limit for a PC for many many years. For storage EXT3 has a huge limit, not certain of it off of the top of my head but it's larger then most current HDDs.
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Switched from Windows NT4/2000 to Debian. Hardest part was the initial Learning curve. Once you are beyond that point you'll rarely ever boot back into Windows.

There are a LOT of Games (free and Commercial) that run natively in Linux check the Games forum for Lists of these. a few off the top of my head.. Anything from ID Software (Quake, Quake2, Quake3, Quake4, Enemy territory, Quake Wars:ET Doom, Doom3, Hexen) UT 2004 Savage, Savage2.
Other Commercial Games Like Oblivion and World of Warcraft will run in Wine and there are some good websites about configuring them.

Check the Games forum for more info.

Nope not much need for Windows anymore.
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Re the difference in SLOC, you're probably comparing the XP OS (operating system) only, to the entire Debian distro ie the OS and all the apps/services that come with it eg Apache, MySQL etc, etc


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