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So ya I am really getting tired of Windows... I have been tired of it for like ever, but I am forced to use it, because it is a standard. I am really wanting to use Linux/Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Unix/Fedora etc.. w/e w/e, but I am unsure if those Operating System will run sufficient with the games I play. I have heard in the past that Linux can't run Steam, and you have to run your games emulated some how through Wine :/ I just want to use Linux so bad... anything is better than windows.

Thanks OCN,
Edited by I Whip My Hair - 2/23/12 at 7:06pm
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anything is better than windows.

Sounds like a mac is perfect for you, it's based on linux and it's not windows.
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Sounds like a mac is perfect for you, it's based on linux and it's not windows.


They also have intense markups on their hardware, so I wouldn't say "perfect."

Also, wine can emulate pretty much any windows program, so that's a big plus.

If you want to start out with linux, I would try ubuntu first. It's very well supported.
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We'll I want to get this thing going for sure smile.gif I want to know a bunch of things before I make a solid transition.

1. Drivers (How are windows drivers supported on Linux... I.E Nividia, Realtek, Steelseries, Big Foot Networks etc... I know that some of these companies don't make Linux ready drivers, so I am a bit concerned on that part.

2. Performance (I know that Linux based OS's are good for F@H, since I have been there before, but I was wondering how much better the performance aspect is from windows in gaming. I know Linux based OS's are less bloated than windows "That's a given" so I am confident that any Linux OS is better than any Windows for sure.

3. Tell me anything else that I need to know to get me started in my adventure smile.gif Like I really need to know 100% if I should go Ubuntu or Fedora or w/e. I am going to get my self a 120 GB SSD here soon, and I will put my new OS and everything on it.. I am going to go 100% SSD smile.gif 120GB is fine because I have a 1TB external that hold everything else like Movies, Anime, Files, Porn lol, jk jk ^__^ The only thing I really keep on my main drive is A.) OS B.) Programs and C.) Games/Game Saves.

Thanks OCN,

*EDIT* If I get Ubuntu should I get the latest version which is "11.10" or get the Long Term Service version, which is "10.04"
Edited by I Whip My Hair - 2/23/12 at 8:25pm
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1. There's plenty of drivers for almost all hardware out there, if a company doesn't provide it normally the community will make some.
2. Performance in games really isn't set in stone. Since Linux isn't able to play the game native. Some games run better than in Windows and some run worse. But support is ever growing.
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I use Windows for games, Linux for everything else.
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We'll I want to get this thing going for sure smile.gif I want to know a bunch of things before I make a solid transition.
1. Drivers (How are windows drivers supported on Linux... I.E Nividia, Realtek, Steelseries, Big Foot Networks etc... I know that some of these companies don't make Linux ready drivers, so I am a bit concerned on that part.
2. Performance (I know that Linux based OS's are good for F@H, since I have been there before, but I was wondering how much better the performance aspect is from windows in gaming. I know Linux based OS's are less bloated than windows "That's a given" so I am confident that any Linux OS is better than any Windows for sure.
3. Tell me anything else that I need to know to get me started in my adventure smile.gif Like I really need to know 100% if I should go Ubuntu or Fedora or w/e. I am going to get my self a 120 GB SSD here soon, and I will put my new OS and everything on it.. I am going to go 100% SSD smile.gif 120GB is fine because I have a 1TB external that hold everything else like Movies, Anime, Files, Porn lol, jk jk ^__^ The only thing I really keep on my main drive is A.) OS B.) Programs and C.) Games/Game Saves.
Thanks OCN,
*EDIT* If I get Ubuntu should I get the latest version which is "11.10" or get the Long Term Service version, which is "10.04"

1. Except for graphics cards and exotic hardware, most of the hardware will work out of the box on the distros you mentionned (ubuntu, fedora,...). Nvidia drivers (the only thing Nvidia doesn't support is Optimus for laptops), and AMD drivers aswell and are included in the main repositories. Don't know about Big Foot though.

2. I don't exactly know about gaming. To be honnest, i never even tried playing on my ubuntu or fedora, but i've seen people running games without any problem through Wine. Still, with games, i guess Windows is better on that point (still, support is growing a little bit now for Linux).

3. Well, its really "easy" to get one of these distributions running. I mean, as i said, almost everything will work out of the box, except a few things you might have to add (adding RPM fusion repositories to Fedora to get all the codecs you need,.., being careful with partitions alignment on the SSD,...). You could just mount your hdd on /home and use the SSD for / as a start.

As for the version, you might want to give 11.10 a try, but 12.04 will be released in less than two months, and it will be a LTS. Hope this helps you a little bit smile.gif
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I am a e-sports athlete (Pro Gamer) so I wanted to give Linux a try when it comes to gaming, but if it doesn't have full support for games "Fully" atm, then I don't want to make a solid transition right away.
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I am a e-sports athlete (Pro Gamer) so I wanted to give Linux a try when it comes to gaming, but if it doesn't have full support for games "Fully" atm, then I don't want to make a solid transition right away.

If you are an e-sports athlete, then I can assure you that you wouldn't want to switch to Linux for gaming. Lots of recent games aren't supported (aka BF3) in WINE and the performance in pretty much every game you play is reduced. In Linux I get some stutter in some games whereas in Windows it runs perfectly smooth.

If you are going to switch to Linux, switch for reasons OTHER than gaming.
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Sounds like a mac is perfect for you, it's based on linux and it's not windows.

That's not even remotely true
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