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You don't need extra programs to deal with multiple monitors, the desktop environments all have built-in support for it.
Sounds convenient.
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I alt tab from my game to my browser or IM far too much to see Linux as viable for the gamer. Until they can have proper support or emulation of DirectX to run Windows titles, I'll most likely never use Linux OSes from my home system. Maybe on a netbook or something.
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I alt tab from my game to my browser or IM far too much to see Linux as viable for the gamer. Until they can have proper support or emulation of DirectX to run Windows titles, I'll most likely never use Linux OSes from my home system. Maybe on a netbook or something.
Its funny you put it that way, I multitask a lot more than you while gaming, and I ran linux exclusively (even with new titles) for almost 3 years straight, until job requirements made me switch back to windows.
I actually have an entire desktop (well, its a side of my compiz prism) dedicated to messaging/voice applications, one dedicated to my music player (usually opposite my game), one for browsing, and one monitoring my server and my folding progress/status.

Then again, linux "can't game," right? I hate this argument more than anything because its so naieve - of course Linux can game - you just have to learn it first to make it work for you, its not like windows where it works the way Microsoft makes it (or makes it not), it works the way YOU make it (or make it not).

I will say in your defense however, Linux isn't for everyone, and the learning curve is steep. It takes patience and a lot of free time at first, and I understand that not everyone has the free time to be messing around with learning a new operating system, especially one as intricate and delicate as Linux. That said, please - don't over exaggerate linux's "inability" to game; I had every game prior to the release of Deus Ex:HR that I tried working (because I had to switch to windows due to work related reasons, which I hate - running in a VM was not authorized because it would put me behind somewhat of a linux 'proxy' and the IT guys pretty much flipped their lid like I was some huge rebel on their network.)
    
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Gaming in a Windows VM isn't unrealistic anymore either with Xen VGA passthrough improving every release. I got it working with no custom patches or tweaks on the 4.1.1 release. If I pick up gaming one day I may go with a VM setup.
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I thought I'd give Arch a try (planning on installing on this old P4 Dell I have) so I'm installing it in VMWare first to see what I think. But! One problem (see attachment.)
happens a lot with arch, mirrors burning out like that or not having a complete archives like they should. try another mirror.
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Haha i know this thread is real old but i am gonna give the linux challenge a try when i get home, also i would like to know why linx is always used by programmers other then the fact its open souce, as i am teaching myself java atm.
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I finally got around to trying Ubuntu again. I went for the latest (11.10). I am booting off a USB and it appears that after the loading/splash screen, it changes to a blank black screen and doesn't do anything. To make sure there were no issues to do with my copy, i tried it on a different machine and it worked fine, so my assumption is it's a hardware incompatability. Anything i can do?

EDIT: It seems to have worked when I unplugged my second screen.
Edited by Uncle Dolans - 10/22/11 at 2:46pm
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I like what you're trying to do latty +rep wink.gif

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