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Old 11-24-2005, 04:32 AM   #1
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Hello People of the Earth,

Im a first time user of OS LINUX. I want to have a Computer Shop that is operated by LINUX OS because Windows OS right now is kinda securing their product(WINDOWS OS). Can anyone give me the best LINUX OS that will work on my WINDOWS BASE GAMES and SOFTWARES like NBA LIVE, RAGNAROK ONLINE, MICROSOFT OFFICE and other Windows Base program.

Pls Help coz I cant afford more to buy ORIGINAL CD's of WINDOWS OS. I want to know more about LINUX.(Specially Network Games and Utilities) Thnks!!!UUU
 
Old 11-24-2005, 05:08 AM   #2
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Ooh, good luck on the games bit. Check out our forum for Games:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...php?forumid=33

As for *some* software, crossover provides quite a bit of ability there:
http://www.codeweavers.com/

You could also give win4lin a try, it's quite a bit more than Crossover if you really need the extra "umph":
http://www.win4lin.com/

Some free alternatives include:
www.winehq.org

And, although I am far behind the times, I believe Cedega still does the Game porting (used to be called WineX):
http://www.transgaming.com/

Good Luck!

As for a distro, any distro that works with those applications should suffice. My guess is they work easier on Suse, Redhat or Fedora than other distros.

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Old 11-24-2005, 06:08 AM   #3
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I recommend that you try thinking natively. For what it's worth OpenOffice 2.0 (http://www.openoffice.org) will probably serve your needs perfectly adequately. You can pay for Crossover if you want, but I wouldn't really recommend to a newbie that they try to get WINE running stuff. Not yet, anyway.

As for Windows games, they can be a bit iffy, even under Cadega. I always hear rumours of people getting games to successfully run under WINE but haven't managed to get a single one running myself yet. I don't use Cadega as a matter of principle but it might be worth you researching the games in question to see if they do run under Cadega before paying out the money for a subscription.

If you want proper games for Linux, I'd recommend trying http://www.happypenguin.org and http://www.linux-gamers.net.
 
Old 11-24-2005, 10:24 AM   #4
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Crash a blang. Sorry, how old r u ? I mean, like going for "OS" after every name is kinda...

I mean, how does that look: "Gentoo 2005.1 GNU\LINUX OS" compared to "Gentoo".

Games... Think native, man (child?) . There are loads of gamez for "Linux OS"

Oh wait... I think I get it... You're on crack

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Old 11-24-2005, 10:58 AM   #5
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Originally posted by BinJajer
I mean, how does that look: "Gentoo 2005.1 GNU\LINUX OS" compared to "Gentoo".
I think "Gentoo 2005.1 GNU\LINUX OS" has got that nice "hacker" touch to it - in a nostalgic kinda way.
 
Old 11-24-2005, 01:55 PM   #6
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You mean hax0r kinda way.... Just for anyone who thinks he is 1337... (lusers, lamerz, and so on...)
 
Old 11-25-2005, 12:30 AM   #7
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Please stay on topic. Not sure what the point is your are trying to make, but it doesn't appear to be directed as a response to the original poster, or an addon/rebuttal to a response to the original post.

If I'm simply not understanding the terminology, please disregard (but clarify what you mean so it's not taken incorrectly by others).

As for "Gentoo" being the distro of choice, actually, Gentoo took quite the jump with Linux Gaming a while back (remember the America's Army Gentoo discs?), I don't know that I'd rule out Gentoo as a platform for a Gamer switching over.

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Old 11-25-2005, 04:56 AM   #8
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Whoa, easy... Gentoo is a good game platform, but it is not the point. This guy wants to use "WINDOWS SOFTWARES(sic!)" here. All I meant was to stay native... Use windoze for windoze soft and Linux for Superior soft.

Peace

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Old 11-25-2005, 05:28 AM   #9
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Well the guy says he is trying to start a computer shop, and is interested in network games and doesn't want to buy loads of windows liscenses.

Maybe he builds/installs machines for Lan gaming events etc. Since most of the games are windows based i am guessing he has no choice, or he likes his windows games, nowt wrong there.

Whilst native is good to a point, if you are building for other end users, you build to their required spec. a gamer coming to you for a machine doesn't want to hear that the machine can't play the latest greatest games, you wont get a sale.

Despite that, there's some great info in the other posts about methods to get windows games/applications working, to play Linux games etc.

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LINUX OS because Windows OS right now is kinda securing their product(WINDOWS OS)
Not sure i want to know what this means, but be careful, MS has a thing going where you can check your dodgy copy of win and report the supplier to them, with immunity

If you do go with a Linux solution, then i'd researh as many Linux alternatives as you can, supply the user with arguements over windows programs (such as constant updates for vulnerabilities etc). Also i would go with one of the bigger names like Redhat/Suse (novell) as more chance people have heard of them, installing some confidence. Id also state very clearly whether you do or do not offer technical support with your systems (point em here and donate to LQ for every customer? )
 
Old 11-25-2005, 11:08 AM   #10
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Huh? Sorry,but I have the sensation that this man just isn't serious. I mean, which future computer shop owner writes "SOFTWARES" isntead of SOFTWARE, and despises microsuck because they secure they product?
I have a few friends, seemingly _very_ similar to this newb. They claim that "Linux sux bcause u cant play videogames" ... Nothing to add, I guess...

My opinion: this guy is either tring to start a flamewar, or he is just another kiddo, saying "look, i want to be a haxx0r, i be 1337, teach me how to hack. I use windows, hate linux and don't know what a partition is, but that should'nt be bad... "

Back to the topic. native does it the nice way, foreign does it the rough way.
I will still stick to go for native linux apps, rather than porting.

Peace

Binjajer
 
Old 11-25-2005, 11:36 AM   #11
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I think the verbage-speak comes down to that this gent speaks english as a secondary/tertiary/quadernary/etc language. *shrugs*

I agree -- stay native.

Having stated that, if you want a cheap gaming setup in terms of OS + warez(jk) (this is all IMHO fyi):

I'm partial to Debian (and it's derivatives like MEPIS, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, etc). Always will be. Get the 2 Sarge DVDs via a torrent site. I use Bittoronado for my client.

-- download Wolfenstein ET. FREE!
-- download America's Army 2.5. Also FREE!
-- get the server packs too

Here's a forum I posted a few weeks ago that lists the links to these games:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=376502

If you haven't already bought video cards, do yourself a favor and go with Nvidia. 6600GT's are cheap and perform well. I personally love my X800pro and 9800pro Radeons on Windows software, but trying to use Wine and Cedega to make my Windows games work on Linux has a high failure rate to say the least. Nvidia has far superior Linux drivers. ATI frankly sucks rocks for Linux support.

Hope this helps.


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Old 11-25-2005, 12:26 PM   #12
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"If you haven't already bought video cards, do yourself a favor and go with Nvidia. 6600GT's are cheap and perform well."

Yup. Agreed. My GF 6200 is performing not so superb, though. The drivers are messed up, and there is virtually no acceleration...

As for the language, I'm polish, and english is my fourth language (Polish, English, German, French) and yet, I speak it very fluently. Never been outside of Poland , though.

And again, I say GO NATIVE!!
 
Old 11-25-2005, 02:18 PM   #13
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dude, take a chill pill :S
 
Old 11-25-2005, 02:24 PM   #14
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Sorry, got drifted.
 
  


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