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Old 01-02-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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all cool games from windows to linux

This may sound a tad simple but i have to start somewhere, it is a need to know.

Before 2000 I always used to use windows. I switched but still have a lot of windows software for which I have no alternatives yet in linux. I would like to know to what extent software is compatible. If you have the source code, which is supposed to be so open in linux, you should merely have to compile and that's it then. Of course you can use wine but what if in windows the executable worked together with other files or entire libraries? Are the libraries compatible? A file is a file, I suppose that shouldnt'make a difference in the two os'ses. But the way they are executed, what is the difference. How's the mac technology being used on IBM machines? What does a layman, as long as you can call yourself that using linux (I don't think you can), need to know about compilation and where do all the programming courses followed for windows come in handy? You can't use turbo pascal in linux.

What's going on in the field of shifting the software from windows to linux? I'm not talking about the office software and all the original windows games but the cool commercial games out there! They are not playable on linux! Or is that merely my computer that's not far enough? A motherboard replace halfway this decade should be enough for reasonable performance. Yet all the cool stuff is not yet there in linux.

Where do we start?

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This could end up an interesting debate. The long and short of it is: Games built for Linux are as good as those for windows, with good programmers making them cross platform compatible. Those companies that want to lock in to DirectX and Microsoft only technologies limit themselves to only one operating system, unless WINE manages to get the emulation perfect like they have done with World of Warcraft and such.

C language applications that are command based should be able to be compiled on either operating system as long as the coding is good. When it comes to a GUI though C stuff should still work whereas a lot of other languages make use of the opensource graphics development kits; GTK, tkl and wx to name a few.

There are already some awesome games available for Linux, Urban Terror is an amazing 1st person shooter, Spring make a fantastic RTS engine with games such as Maximum Annihilation and Total Annihilation being built on it. There's also solitaire and Mahjongg for those who are a little more relaxed with the gaming.

If you've learned programming in any language then you should be able to turn your hand to rewriting and compiling on any platform.

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the cool commercial games out there
The producers of such cool commercial games don't think linux users are cool enough to be sold such games For this reason,
those games are released mainly for Windows. However, for running some windows games on linux you might want to try: (check AppDB)

For very old PC games (those are the best) you can use a dos emulator (eg. dosbox)

For the latest games, get PlayStation 3 (running Yellow Dog Linux

BTW, there are some good native linux games. I like america's army and penumbra.
Old 01-02-2009, 11:14 AM   #4
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Do you have any games by ID Software?,ie Quake3,4 or Doom3?
If you run an x86 machine you can download the Linux Install script,then you can use the Windows version of their games.
Also Unreal Tournament 2004 ships with a native Linux installer on the Windows disc.
Just a few suggestions for cool Linux gaming!

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Old 01-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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Both Full games are free now.. Too bad my specs are too low for Savage 2..

search the forums here the windows games on Linux topic comes up occasionally and there ae several threads around here chock full of gaming options. the other option Cedega by trasngaming has already been mentioned.
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It seems that English is not your first language so possibly some of what you are trying to say is lost in translation, but it seems to me that you are thinking about stuff based upon a lack of understanding of various concepts.

Originally Posted by idefix76 View Post
If you have the source code, which is supposed to be so open in linux, you should merely have to compile and that's it then.
Yes, the source code of Linux is open. But the source of all those 'cool commercial games' is not open. So you can't recompile the games.

Originally Posted by idefix76 View Post
How's the mac technology being used on IBM machines?
I'm not personally aware of any relationship between 'mac technology' and IBM machines, however I do know that Mac OS X now runs on x86 (Intel) hardware, which is the same hardware platform Windows runs on. Is that what you're refering to? In any case, the fact that Mac OS X runs on x86 doesn't seem at all relevant to getting Windows games running on Linux.

Originally Posted by idefix76 View Post
Or is that merely my computer that's not far enough? A motherboard replace halfway this decade should be enough for reasonable performance.
The age of your motherboard is irrelevant. Updating your motherboard doesn't alter what programs your computer is capable of running.

Originally Posted by idefix76 View Post
Where do we start?
Realistically, you just don't.
You seem to be under a misguided impression that there is something you can do which will allow you to get any given Windows program to run under Linux. Without wishing to sound harsh, that's very naive.

Yes, some Windows programs can be run under Linux using WINE and although that is an amazing achievement the WINE project has been going for about a decade and is still at the point where if you pick up any given Windows program and try to run it under WINE then the mostly likely result is that it won't run properly if even runs at all.

If there was some way to get all the 'cool commercial games' for Windows running under Linux someone would have done it already. No one has because it's simply not possible. If you want to run lots of Windows programs then you need to use Windows.


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