Originally Posted by jaysanook
My Windows 7 just crashed to a point where it can't even load a system image to restore itself...
I am so so stuck... pushed me over the edge and want to change my system to Linux ---- use Windows as a 'program' not my OS...
I want to take everything off my current hardrives, via Windows...... save them to an external (files and games etc)
My main concern is that ... will Linux completely replace Windows for me and will all my stuff still work via Linux...
I have no doubt that Linux is a better OS than Windows...
but I still want to be able access all my 'Windows' files (a lot of work done the past 10yrs on Windows-based software) and play games (with save files loading etc?) - - -which version of Linux will best suit me? I am not a complete dunce when it comes to computers, but I am visually capable... not a programmer...
Wine, VMWare etc... Basically able to do anything through Linux... running Windows as a programme right???
most software is multi-os or has an open source alternative.
the only major issue will be the games... certain commercial games dont run natively in linux.
(you can try wine
to various degrees of success... my issues with virtualization (qemu
) was that the vm did not recognize my graphics adapter so i had no 3-d support for games, ymmv).
some mainstream game publishers make linux, windows, mac versions for things like quake 4, unreal tournament 2007, counterstrike...
but for anything else it will be hard.
one more suggestion would be to play linux based games. i hear good reviews for americas army and true combat:elite.