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Old 01-19-2005, 02:39 PM   #1
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Question windows programs in linux


I've heard there is a way that people are able to run windows programs in Linux. ATM I'm dual booting (Win2k and MDK 10.1) and I would really rather just get rid of the Win2k if it weren't for that 90% of the games that I play aren't supported via Linux. If I could get any help on this subject so I can drop Win2k all together I would really appreciate it.

Thanks alot,
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Old 01-19-2005, 02:52 PM   #2
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Well, if you are a gamer, make sure you have 3D Acceleration enabled in Linux.
Cedega is an application that allows a good amount of Windows DirectX games to be played on Linux. It uses a system called wine to run DLL files and Cedega maps DirectX functions to OpenGL functions. It is not perfect, but it gets the job done.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 02:56 PM   #3
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Well, you could try an emulator, like VMWare, but those can cost $$$.

The best bet, IMO, is to use Wine, and/or its "kissing cousins": Crossover Office, and Cedega. Wine is free, CO and Cedega have a small cost.

Cedega (http://transgaming.org) is the one for games. It has proprietary DirectX libraries, which is why you have to pay for it. It isn't perfect by any means. There are a lot of games that don't work well (or at all!) under it, but it is better than nothing, most of the time.

Unfortunately, if you *really* want games, you will be dual-booting for some time to come.
 
Old 01-19-2005, 02:59 PM   #4
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Well, if you are a gamer, make sure you have 3D Acceleration enabled in Linux.
Where is that available to turn on?

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Cedega is an application that allows a good amount of Windows DirectX games to be played on Linux. It uses a system called wine to run DLL files and Cedega maps DirectX functions to OpenGL functions. It is not perfect, but it gets the job done.
Thanks for the info. How bout those dumb little games like poker games etc? Will Cedega do that was well? My dad enjoys using my computer but doesn't want to learn Linux so if push came to shove I would have to leave just that on a small windows format for him to play, but I would really rather just get rid of Win2k all together.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-19-2005, 03:00 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, if you *really* want games, you will be dual-booting for some time to come.
Aww, that really stinks to hear. Thanks for the info though!

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