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Old 02-17-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Question wat distro is best for gaming?

hey peeps,
i like playing games such as world of warcraft, and im sick of windows vista.. i have tried any distros over the years, so i want to get into linux and learn more about it.
so far i have tried,
slackware: managed to install it, but i got lost after i installed it.
gentoo: not easy wat so ever
netbsd: installed it, then got lost of wat i had to do
openbsd: just lost wondering child
redhat/centos: too slow
suse: liked it, but got tired of it quickly
zenwalk: wont install on my uber gaming machine
unbuntu: i hated it

ones that i wud like to try

gentoo, netbsd(2ndbest choice to none), slackware, arch(top of my list), damn small liux(only if it wud work with newer computers), freebsd
i know gentoo will support 8gbs of ram, but will the rest support quadcore cpu and 8gbs of ram?

also i heard that there r problems with creative x-fi drivers

i know im new to linux, but i want sumthing that is fast stable.
but i need advice on wat i need to do..

netbsd/freebsd?/arch?/damnsmall liux those r the 4 i would like to use
Old 02-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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If you are an avid gamer, stick to winxp. Sadly, linux is not really a gamer's platform; the support is just not there yet. Any DirectX based games are windows only and that's probably the majority that you would be interested in. To run those you have to use some emulation layer like Cedega and that's not free or the free "wine" which is a bear to setup even for advanced users and performance is still pretty buggy.

Also, you can forget about running your gmaes on any of the BSDs. Whoever told you to try that is sadly misinformed.
Old 02-18-2008, 04:22 AM   #3
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Isn't FreeBSD capable of running some games through Wine like WoW? At least I've been living in that assumption.

Anyway, all modern distros support quad-core computer but I think your out-of-luck with your 8Gb of RAM. In order to use all of your RAM you need a 64-bit distro and that gives a lot of new problems.

IIRC Wine is basicly intended for 32-bit distros. If you want to use it on 64-bit distro you need to cross-compile or run it on 32-bit chroot See wiki for details.

For gaming I'd suggest to stick with WinXP, if you want some open-source gaming platform I'd think Gentoo would be the best solution. It has the best 64-bit support in it (I think that anyways) and has a lot documentation available.
Old 02-18-2008, 05:26 AM   #4
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1) any gaming console you like
2) Windows XP

There are your options, more or less. It's just a fact that most of the games that run on regular PCs are for Windows, and running them on anything else is your own matter - and likely not as "easy" or "fun" as on Windows. Windows (XP) crashes, it's got problems, but it's officially what the game makers 'support'. Game consoles don't have to worry (read: did not; nowadays they're becoming more and more regular desktop PC like, not *just* game consoles) about what everything the user might want to do or try, so they are designed to play the games, and do it well/better than a normal desktop PC.

Playing games on Linux means you either buy only those games that natively run on Linux (not many), or are willing to spend possibly lots of time tweaking your machine, tweaking your software and tweaking your games in order to get them run a few minutes before your next system upgrade, which you do because it sounds like fun, even if it means breaking your display drivers, kernel or something else.

Then, if you still insist on playing video games on Linux - there is no "perfect distribution". Probably a distribution you compiled yourself from source, adding everything you need and nothing more, would perform best with your games. One that you have installed Wine and such on, that you yourself patch to work with your games. A distribution that offers loads of bleeding-edge-version packages in binary format is probably the easiest ("just apt-get life-essentials"), but on the other hand gives you more or less 'generally working' packages that aren't specifically made for your unique situation. If Wine doesn't run your favourite game, it won't do it unless you wait for someone to fix it or fix it yourself and compile it yourself. Any Linux provides you with the software you need to run games, including the kernel video drivers and all - it's just up to you to set them up. Ubuntu might be one of the easiest to get every needed piece, but like I said, the pieces might not work in your situation. Again it's up to you to decide whether you want things that work (or you can make them work) and are efficient, or things that might work and are easy to set up, or things that just work and don't linclude Linux operating system at all. Note that even though Linux is open source and therefore mostly cost-free, the games are not.

If you don't have the money to buy a game console, how can you have the money to buy the games legally? And if you do have the money, why do you bother making your life difficult when you can make it easy?
Old 02-18-2008, 05:56 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by b0uncer View Post
1) any gaming console you like
2) Windows XP
I'll second that.

For games in that do work with Linux it doesn't matter what distro you use.


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