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TheOneAndOnlySM 07-14-2003 09:23 PM

Gaming on Linux
I would really LoVe to entirely remove windows from my hdd, but i still need it to play my favorite games (warcraft, vice city and such) and i am wondering if it is possible to make these games work on linux (since they are .exe i don't think u can run them without special software)

i have heard of wine, but since it is still a very young and glitchy software, should i try to tackle the games with wine or keep windows?

contrasutra 07-14-2003 09:33 PM

Well, WINE has been being worked on for MANY years, so its not young.

But what you want is WineX. Its a pay-only version of WINE made especially for games.

And it works w/ both those games.

kly546 07-14-2003 09:34 PM

Before that can be answered, what exactly are your reasons for wanting to switch to linux?

TheOneAndOnlySM 07-14-2003 09:54 PM

i'm switching because i want to try something new and learn more about computers, i want to be in an environment where programming will be necessary (so i can learn some programming), and i cannot stand windows much longer

winex sounds interesting, i'll look into that
are there any other ways?

contrasutra 07-14-2003 10:44 PM

you don't need to know programming to use Linux. I don't know any programming and im doing just fine. :)

JaseP 07-14-2003 11:00 PM

WineX is great,...

I have the following running with version 3.1 and my Mandrake 8.2 installation:

Jedi Outcast
Elite Force
Jedi Knight
Fallout 2
Pax Imperia
Star Trek: Birth of the Federation
StarFleeet Academy

I have the following Native games:

Descent 3
Quake 3 Arena
Sim City 3000
Neverwinter Nights
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (I had problems setting up this one so I used WineX for it and currently don't have it installed).
FreeSpace: The Great War
FreeSpace 2

I heard that you can get the following running with Wine,...

Imperium Galacticia II (no under WineX for me)
Spiderman (non-movie version, again, no luck for me)
Starfleet Command II & SFC 2: Orion Pirates (no luck for me, too hard to configure)

So you can see there is no lack of gaming potential.

I have also had more luck with Jedi Outcast under WineX than as a Windoze native (driver conflicts, etc.).

bkeating 07-15-2003 12:42 AM

Keep in mind that you do not NEED Wine-X. Thats just a work around and it doesn't help support game makers with adding GNU/Linux support.

Quake3, RTCW, Never Winter Nights and a few others work great, natively in under GNU/Linux, better then windows even.

GodFoca 07-15-2003 02:04 AM

How do you install Q3 native in Lnx???


warkrime 07-15-2003 03:32 AM

If want to be a Linux gamer I would recommend getting a nVidia Geforce card. There isn't currently any driver support for ATI (Radeon) cards which means you will get like 3 fps when playing even Tux Racer :P.

Bill_Tür 07-15-2003 04:28 AM


Originally posted by warkrime
There isn't currently any driver support for ATI (Radeon) cards
I am running a Radeon 7500 and it works fine. I have no problem running TuxRacer or OpenGL Games. Check this link for all cards that are supported

GodFoca 07-15-2003 08:14 AM

I am having the exact opposite problem, however. I have a GeForce 2 MX 400, and can't find any drivers for Linux, so not only the 3D games are going in 3fps, but also I can't get my resolution below 640x480 and thus I can't play Tux Racer @#$&%.

Anyways, anybody knows where do I get some drivers???


mad_ady 07-15-2003 09:44 AM

GodFoca, try There you can choose your driver (actually its only one driver for all nvidia cards). Read the readme's and install. If you do everything there, you'll have a working 3d accelerated environment!

Why would you want to get your resolution below 640x480 to play Tux Racer? Maybe above 640x480... :)

TheOneAndOnlySM 07-15-2003 10:29 AM

hmm, very interesting about installing games natively on linux

so games like never winter nights u can basically put into your cd drive and it will install just fine?

also, with getting winex, u need to subscribe for 3 months for 5 bucks a month correct?

o ya, could anyone find some info saying that ati radeon 9600 is compatible with redhat 9 kernel 2.4.20-8?

tcaptain 07-15-2003 01:16 PM

Freespace has a native linux client????

OMG...I gotta go and find it woohoo! I loved that game.

slightcrazed 07-15-2003 01:37 PM

When I installed NWN I did it by installing it first on a Windoze machine, then copying over the files I needed from the windoze box to my RedHat box, and then finally installing the NWN linux client. I believe that there is an installer that was written to allow installing of the game direct from CD, but I just followed the directions on the NWN site.


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