Originally Posted by gertruude
Thats great man...
Its always good kids pick up on things we do gives ya something to have in common
My step son has been in my life since he was a baby, id say he was more like me than his real dad lol....he cried when he asked me if i was his real dad or not, bless him
He loves gaming and he's dying to get on a gaming pc. He goes on his mums but he cant play any decent games cause of the crappy card she got
I learned my lesson years ago and the kids dont go on mine now
Back on topic
I never got into linux really. just wanted the easiness of windows for gaming
I may try and install it on a partition on my spare drive and see how much its changed in last 4 years.
A duel-boot is a good idea. You can't lose. You'll have the best of both worlds. Last time I duel-booted was on a Athlon XP 2000+, before that I duel-booted on a K62 500 (That was shortly after the invention of the wheel and the discovery of fire
). What was interesting to me at the time is that on any game I was able to compare, running on Linux and Windows XP, I was getting twice the frame rate with Linux. ID used release Linux binaries for their games after their windows releases. The 500 had a Rage 128 running a open source driver and the 2000+ had a Geforce 4 ti with a proprietary NVIDIA driver. I seriously doubt the performance difference would be as huge now, but I bet it would be better in Linux for a game that could run native on both.
Back then it seemed to me like Linux was an extremely viable gaming platform, but few seemed to take it seriously. Windows was and is so popular that a developer would be crazy to write games specifically for Linux. To complicate matters more, Microsoft leveraged their popularity to get developers and chip manufacturers to support DirectX. To me that is crazy, since pretty much everything but MS uses OpenGL or OpenGLES. Still it worked for them. People have compensated for that, by making game engines that have the option to compile with both DirectX and OpenGL (ex. Unigine, Unity, Ogre ect...) and of course GPUs support DirectX and OpenGL.
It seems like the tide might be turning a bit for Linux gaming now. Valve has a Linux version of Steam now and they are reportedly going to release a Linux based gaming box soon. Also, saw recently that the Cry engine might be ported to OpenGL soon. That'd be great. I guess some customers of Crytek want to be able to port their games to Mac and/or Linux. Myself I would love to see what Crysis would be like with a native Linux binary. Things might be changing.
The proprietary NVIDIA drivers for Linux are phenomenal, in my opinion. I read mixed review of the Linux ATI Catalyst drivers, but I've only used it on my daughter's laptop. They seem alright on her machine, but I can't definitively say how good they are since it's not a super powerful chip. That's part of the reason I stick with NVIDIA. Their Linux drivers have been great for years
I only use Linux, except for the Windows 7 VM I use for contracts that require Microsoft server technologies. I try not to come at people like "Linux! Linux! Linux!". It's not worth my time and I'm fine with people using what they want. However, in my educated opinion it is a better operating system then the ones offered by MS and Apple. In my experience it utilizes hardware more efficiently than the competition (I almost forgot, I duel-booted on my MacBook Pro 4,1 as well. Linux ran ETQW much better than OS 10.5.). Perhaps most importantly, open source software is constantly improving. Many sets of eyes see a particular piece of code in an open source project. Potentially 100s of people could contribute to a program, all with the goal of making it better. Bugs are found, fixed and the fix is given back to the community, on a daily basis. I really don't think a commercial developer can compete with that, no matter how effective their marketing is. Open Source is the future. If civilization collapses, Linux will remain.
I will add that my 8350 loves it. Lol
So, that's my take on it. I don't know if that's useful to you or anyone, but I do think it is a good idea to have Linux. Especially since duel-booting is a win win. Thus ends my one and only Linux rant, that will appear on this thread. *Stepping down from soap box*