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Well, I am about to set up my new computer pretty soon and I was excited that a new windows is about to come out, untill i saw pictures of what it looked like and thought it simply looked out of place. I dont at all mind a totaly brand new scheme, but I dont want to be forced to look at a bunch of app clutter that I will never ever use. Anyway, I feel like its time to finnaly take a look at linux and I have a bunch of questions about it.


1) i hear mixed things about gaming on linux. The fact is that gaming is my primary computer usage, though I do use it for many other things. but I also hear incredible things about a program called whine which as i understand it can utilize parts of windows to play games? I really want to play guild wars 2 and if its extremely slow or unplayable even with the high end components that I am putting into this machine it will be a deal breaker. Can linux game?

2) How hard is it to set up a solidstate crucial m4 on linux?

3)What can linux do, what can it not do?

4) How hard is linux to customize? Do I have to know how to code and use command prompt, because simply put I do not know a single piece of coding.

5) Do premade linux layouts exist that are free and downloadable? I saw pictures of a 3d rotating desktop background on linux and wondered how i could get a setup like that, it looked glorious and the concept of that was somthing i can imagine on windows.

6) do viruses affect linux the same as the do on windows? are malawarebytes/avg/avast compatible with linux?

7) does vlc mediaplayer, aol instant messenger, adobe flash / acrobat, firefox work on linux?

1) most AAA games don't support linux, and wine is a major pain the rear
2)linux filesystems are better then windows ones, so you shouldn't need anything extra
3)everything except AAA gaming it can do
4)10X better and easier to customize then windows. customization is linux in a nutshell
5)that would be compiz or KDE. distros exist both barebones, light, or with all the eye candy like that preinstalled.
6)there are almost no viruses for linux. thus, no protection is needed.
7)all will or will have a good alternative. typing from firefox on Debian GNU/Linux now.
post #12 of 17
@OP download virtualbox/vware and try linux out first in a vm. or dualboot.
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@OP download virtualbox/vware and try linux out first in a vm. or dualboot.

virtual box? ill take a look at it. by the way, everyone mentions dualboot, what exactly do they mean by that, installing 2 os's i suppose? how does that work exactly?
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@OP download virtualbox/vware and try linux out first in a vm. or dualboot.

virtual box? ill take a look at it. by the way, everyone mentions dualboot, what exactly do they mean by that, installing 2 os's i suppose? how does that work exactly?

chose a beginner friendly distro like LMDE, then pop the dvd in, boot, hit install and the option will come up. 'Just Mint' 'install along side windows' or 'something else' chose install along side. easy.
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at boot up you'll be met with the option to boot linux or windows
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I see, thanks very much everyone.
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You can take the "go to You Tube" route when all else fails and you need something as close to a real person as possible.For experience working with the distros I make use of our folding client install tutorials and then modify the technique I learned for other activites.
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