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This is going to be great. Ordering a EVGA 650 SC for the linux box because that's the only card that will fit.
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Just a question to linux user's,What are the graphics like as its OpenGL does it use Direct X or.. cause i would love to know thanks as i want to know the differences are between Windows and Linux(Ubuntu) thumb.gif

The biggest problem with Linux is drivers and support. A lot of hardware doesn't have proper functioning drivers in Linux (certain sound cards) and sometimes video drivers aren't as good quality as they are in Windows. AMD/ATI are famous for their somewhat sub par drivers, as opposed to nVidia.

The one problem I have always had with Linux and drivers is installing them, I have not figured out how to get either the Xorg or official video drivers I download to install. This isn't necessarily related to drivers themselves but to the multitude of different distributions and maybe kernels. I'm no Linux expert, I use it mostly for safe surfing and some fun, light Linux gaming (till I get my future 8320).

Steam providing support for Linux is great but I have no intention of using Steam and until there is mass developer support for Linux, which has a maximum 5% PC market share, it's not going to be a resounding success.

Windows has over 80% market share if this article is correct.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems
Edited by Liranan - 10/9/12 at 1:37am
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OpenGL has been ahead on futures compared to DX for a while, but DX has been catching up fairly fast...Iirc OpenGL has better image quality (Hence why it's used so often for CAD, etc) and is possibly a little more efficient than DX. The PS3 and Wii use variants of OpenGL, while the 360 uses DirectX.
As for Windows and Ubuntu, games would tend to run faster than or just as fast as Windows on your average Linux distro, I saw a increase in performance in Minecraft even though my laptop is running AMD drivers. (Which can be a PITA to update, use, etc on Linux, although they haven't been too bad for me even compared to nVidia)
Thanks for the info ^_^ would my laptop run games faster with linux ? thanks for the advice and info

Possibly, it depends on the game obviously but Linux is much more efficient than Windows in how it uses the CPU, and if it's got an AMD CPU then GCC tends to be fairer to AMD CPUs than the ICC does on WIndows although how much difference in games that makes is debatable, however I have seen that The Sims 3, World of Warcraft among a few other games run faster through Wine on Linux than natively on Windows.
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Crusader Kings II !!! Cool redface.gif
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Hopefully this encourages a wave of next gen Open GL games, I'm sick of Microsoft's DirectX Monopoly.
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The biggest problem with Linux is drivers and support. A lot of hardware doesn't have proper functioning drivers in Linux (certain sound cards) and sometimes video drivers aren't as good quality as they are in Windows. AMD/ATI are famous for their somewhat sub par drivers, as opposed to nVidia.
The one problem I have always had with Linux and drivers is installing them, I have not figured out how to get either the Xorg or official video drivers I download to install. This isn't necessarily related to drivers themselves but to the multitude of different distributions and maybe kernels. I'm no Linux expert, I use it mostly for safe surfing and some fun, light Linux gaming (till I get my future 8320).
Steam providing support for Linux is great but I have no intention of using Steam and until there is mass developer support for Linux, which has a maximum 5% PC market share, it's not going to be a resounding success.
Windows has over 80% market share if this article is correct.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_operating_systems

Nvidia Drivers are pretty good and mature Nvida makes Linux drivers for ages now they use allmost the same code as the windows drivers.

Installation is sometimes tricky but the big distributions like SUSE or Ubuntu have them either on board or compiled packages on their site.

And if you use a Custom Kernel u know what to do to install em by hand anyway.

Biggest problem i see still is Directx and Microsoft will never ever offer a Native soution for Linux cause that would kill their main Windows argument an easy API for games and Multimedia.

So Steam Linux will never be able to offer DirectX based games it´s till the Wine solution there. They may Bundle Wine into Steam at a Point and maybe add code to it or do another Fork like Crossover did.

But Native support would only be there for Games with a OpenGL engine i bet.

But i guess it´s Pointless to build on Wine or other stuff on Linux anyway, in about 2-3 Years every New system will have VT-d in, and KVM will be stable enough to run Windows under Linux 24/7.
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This is uber cool!
Also I think you can edit your own title tongue.gif


Yes you can. "Edit Thread" at the top of the thread.

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Just a few more reasons to switch over to Linux. I just wan't a official announcement that CS:S is, and tf2 are being ported over. It also does not hurt to port over the new CS:GO
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This is uber cool!
Also I think you can edit your own title tongue.gif


Yes you can. "Edit Thread" at the top of the thread.

Strangely enough, I did that and it didn't give me the option. Oh well.
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Just a few more reasons to switch over to Linux. I just wan't a official announcement that CS:S is, and tf2 are being ported over. It also does not hurt to port over the new CS:GO

Keep in mind this is only for the beta, it's pretty likely that once L4D2 is fully working Valve can use that to easily port all the Source based games over easily.
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So... Revelations 2012 for Linux? tongue.gif

This is pretty good news. Lack of gaming support the primary thing that's kept me away from really sticking to Linux and actually learning to use it. Will be good to see what this brings for the future...
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