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Old 06-09-2016, 06:33 PM   #1
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Thinking about making the switch from Window$ to Linux

Specifically Linux Mint.

So, being a long time Windows user, and sometimes Linux I want to know: is there a way to run Linux as smoothly as windows, and by that I am referring to programs that run natively on windows. I know there is an app called Wine HQ but I have had little to no practice with it.

I game a lot and I want to make sure that I can still use my games as well as other programs. I know it wont be exactly the same, I just want to still be able to use them.

As of right now, I don't even remember how to open executables in Linux, or zip files or tarfiles ... anything like that.

So I guess I am asking if anyone knows of a tutorial or a step by step or a page I can access if i get in trouble and cant operate something.

I did search the forums and I found a few things, but nothing specifically referring to what I was wanting to know.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

Old 06-09-2016, 07:08 PM   #2
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To my way of thinking, those Windows-specific games are your "killer app." They are, so to speak, "one of the main reasons why you have that computer in your house or office in the first place."

Well, I frankly think that you should let those "killer apps" bloom right where they are planted ... under the operating system (Windows) that they are designed to use.

As for Linux ... visit and download their virtual-machine monitor, for Windows, and install Linux in a VM. Now, you have the best of both worlds. You can explore Linux at your leisure, and you can "snapshot" the virtual machine at any time and "restore it" from that snapshot at any time in the future. Meanwhile, your Windows environment is not disrupted. Instead, "it is the gracious host."

(By the way, VirtualBox is backed by Oracle Corporation ... the "enormous database" people. Yet, it is absolutely free.)

Linux runs nearly as fast in a VM as it does on native hardware. Truth is, most of the web sites and so forth that you use these days are running on virtual hardware.

And if someday you want to try something different ... go buy a nice big external hard drive. (Firewire, USB 3.0, etc.) Be sure that your computer is equipped to boot from an external device, and that the BIOS-layer can recognize the device. Install, boot, and run Linux on that, once again studiously leaving Windows alone.

And yes, at some point in the future, you can decide to put Linux in the driver's seat and run Windows in a virtual machine. If you so choose.

But it is never an "either-or choice." You can have your cake and eat it.
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Old 06-10-2016, 03:29 AM   #3
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I think you managed to cover all the bases there.


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