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Old 01-14-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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Which to pick the tough question


Hey guys

Ok simply i love linux, ive Mint 9 and its featuristic and alot of fun

Unfortantly Linux does not yet have "plug and play support" for gaming but its getting there with wine and Cedega

Now i know alot is personal preference based, and i know alot of distro's are built for 3D Desktops and networking etc

but i read somewhere about Gentoo having "gaming support" and ive seen some linux distro's having "game versions"

So it seems there trying to head towards plug and play support with gentoo having 1 commercial title starting from a livecd like a playstation 3

My question is

Which linux distro is the best for a gamer, the best hardware support, the easiest to use, the most like window's that has a team working on gaming support or comes with good gaming support

I heard wine 2.1 is great but i have no idea which distro would be best to use and the most simplest
 
Old 01-14-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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I've heard Gentoo is great for gaming too so I can't really say. What you need to do is download them and install them to try them out. you can use vbox if you want to run a OS inside another os. By the way Linux does have plug and play support.
 
Old 01-14-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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I've hopped around many distros, started with RedHat9 back in the day. Gaming is always important too so I've settled on Debian in the end. There is a good reason why so many distros use Debian as base - it's the best imo
Always had some niggling issues without a good fix with other distros, like pulse sound in ubuntu and older games or gentoo updates and compiling times..
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #4
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which distro is that list from?
 
Old 01-14-2011, 05:53 PM   #5
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which distro is that list from?
you know , you should at least bother to read his response , and not only look at the photo ...

he said that it is from debian ...
 
Old 01-14-2011, 05:59 PM   #6
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Linux Is Wonder Full

It is always disheartening for me when people say that Linux lacks anything when the criteria for lacking is comparison. The beauty of Linux is what it lacks... and its liberties for its users to create.

I think it needs to be understood that Linux does not lack plug and play support.
The devices that are being plugged to play lack Linux support. This is probably due to a very reasonable explanation of financials. It just makes sense, with the ubiquity of MSFT, and the capital cult surrounding AAPL that firmware would only be made to sync with those systems that would be able to pay those technicians writing the firmware.

Anything that is done by the Linux community is doing the work these companies refuse to do, for them. Wine developers do not get hourly from the companies whose applications wouldn't work on our systems if not for them.

That being said, since you run Linux, if you want some plug and play support, it sounds like you just found yourself a weekend hobby.

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Old 01-14-2011, 07:09 PM   #7
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you guys are so defensive o.o

anyway im sorry if my wording offended anyone, i know linux's pride and joy is the open side of been able to do anything with it

My question simply was. which linux has the most support for putting a cd in a drive and running a .exe windows based commercial game

Sorry that my wording was off

And as for reading the post i did, and i looked up debian sid and im confused on which debian it is. it says "unstable" release
 
Old 01-15-2011, 05:15 AM   #8
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In my list are only linux native games, come to think of it, i haven't got a single Windows game installed on linux system. For windows games there is WindowsXP + dual boot, i'm not rich enough to buy expensive hardware for seamless windows emulation - much cheaper and easier to use software on an OS it was designed for.
 
Old 01-15-2011, 09:31 AM   #9
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you guys are so defensive o.o

anyway im sorry if my wording offended anyone, i know linux's pride and joy is the open side of been able to do anything with it

My question simply was. which linux has the most support for putting a cd in a drive and running a .exe windows based commercial game
It was mostly a misuse of the term "plug and play", which means that you can plug in a hardware device and use it right away without installing drivers and/or rebooting (and Linux does support that). As far as I know it has nothing to do with gaming or executables.

And it's not Linux's fault that it can't play a .exe game. You don't expect your Windows machine to run a Mac executable, do you?

Luckily there is the Wine project, which attempts to run Windows executables and translate it's Windows calls to Linux and/or X Window System calls, but Windows is very complex and constantly changing, so it's hard to get it to work with everything.
 
Old 01-15-2011, 08:18 PM   #10
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wine is a great compatibility layer (not a emulator). It is free and open source. It runs must window apps and they do have a app database in their site at http://winehq.org. Now if you would like a possible better solution I would recommend crossover. http://www.codeweavers.com/products/ Cross over is a commercial non free solution but it some areas I would expect it to work better. crossover derived from wine source code and if you purchase from them they do contribute back to the wine team.
 
  


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