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Heyo,

So I'm kinda tired of windows and I thought that I'd give linux a try when I get my 150GB raptor next month. I believe that everything I do in windows I can do in linux, but I have one pressing question...

I game. A LOT. Now, I know WINE will let you run most windows programs/games, but most of my games are from Steam. Can someone please confirm that steam will load correctly/play the games that I've purchased from it?

Second, which distro would be the best for a newbie? I hear good things about Ubuntu (sp?), but I'd like to ask the community too.

And what's this Compiz-Fusion I always hear people talking about?

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CompizFusion is "bling"... a "theme" manager if you will... I would suggest Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), or OCNix (the overclock.net distro).
post #3 of 12
Wine will run steam fairly flawlessly and I would love to tell you if yor games work or not but you failed to specify any games. If you want, go and do it yourself by looking at the Wine Application Database which contains information of almost all programs that can run in Wine from user content.
    
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i run ubuntu with compiz fusion and if you actually go to youtube and search compiz fusion you can see the desktop and window effects that it has...it's a really sweet program i think

i don't game a ton so i can't help you with steam but i run starcraft and some older games on wine just fine and from what i have read steam will run very well on wine


so i vote ubuntu 7.10
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i run steam on wine, it works well, no complaints. i can play hl2 and css (only ones i have installed currently) prefectly fine, and with my normal FPS. wine takes a little tweaking to get working properly, with sound and all the direct x .dll's and what not. but overall, its good. ive yet to get cod4 working yet. once i can do that, ill be running linux 24/7.
    
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Here's a pic of my Games list...



Only really worried about the starred games...

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Counter-Strike: Source
Crysis

Just check the Application Database. Everything seems acceptable.
    
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post #8 of 12
I wouldn't say wine runs "most" games... I wouldn't even say it runs "most" programs...

And Compiz-Fusion is the low-requirement special effect program. You'll love it.
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Ubuntu is definitely your best bet for a noob-friendly distro.
It's easy to use and get used to (as long as you have the desire to learn) and seems to be pretty fast in just about everything it does.

Compiz Fusion is such a blast to play around with. CF and Emerald are two features that I absolutely love, and they in no way deal a huge blow to any sort of performance.

Unfortunately, while most games run in WINE, not a lot of them run perfectly.
For example, in CS:S, you have to turn off some certain shaders to get it to run at a playable level. When I had an 8600GT I could barely run the game at 20FPS with GLSL shaders turned on.
Also, to get some things working, you need to know your way around the system a little bit. So be ready to learn about the system, and maybe even the command line.

Really though, it's not that bad. I've been using Linux for almost two years now and am VERY happy that I made the switch. I started out on Ubuntu and still like to use it every now and then because it's so easy to use.
Everything seems to run better and there are a LOT more good (non game) programs to choose from (Amarok for music and K3B for burning are two of my favorites).
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and of course: everything is free... even the OS (cept like three distros... server ones anyway).
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