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ok so im thinking of switching my OS from Windows Vista to Linux, but have a few questions.

1. So i play quite alot of games on Windows vista and heard that i can play them on Linux using WINE, my questions is does running programs on wine effect the speed, quality and performance of the program or does it run exactly like it does in windows?

2.Is running and installing programs similar to windows or is it more complicated?

3.Would i need any Anti-virus or Spyware protection?

4.How hard is it to master the OS?

5. Do i need any complicated skill to use Linux?

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just dual boot and have both!
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OK if you havnt used linux before either get another rig to learn how if you can or try double booting but BACK UP YOUR INFO first.

Oh and switch to vista 64bit, youll be pleasently surprised by that.
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OK if you havnt used linux before either get another rig to learn how if you can or try double booting but BACK UP YOUR INFO first.

Oh and switch to vista 64bit, youll be pleasently surprised by that.
Ya.

Try Linux out first, and I love Vista 64 bit alot more than 32bit, but i also love Linux.

1. Yes it will affect speed because the drivers are not as good. Also you will have troubles with just running a lot of games.

2. It is slightly more complicated to install programs but running them is not that much different.

3. I don't on my Linux installs

4. Fairly hard to master, im not even close to mastering it.

5. Really depends on what you are doing. Basic stuff no. Installing drivers, some programs, kernal stuff, and some settings are pretty complex.
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Ya.

Try Linux out first, and I love Vista 64 bit alot more than 32bit, but i also love Linux.

1. Yes it will affect speed because the drivers are not as good. Also you will have troubles with just running a lot of games.

2. It is slightly more complicated to install programs but running them is not that much different.

3. I don't on my Linux installs

4. Fairly hard to master, im not even close to mastering it.

5. Really depends on what you are doing. Basic stuff no. Installing drivers, some programs, kernal stuff, and some settings are pretty complex.
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If you aren't phobic of the command line, most things in linux are easier.

Installing programs, for example, is a one line command. Linux software is free, so there are many places that host databases of programs. You add that server to your package manager's repositories (one line) and then you can do something similar to (in ubuntu)
sudo apt-get install whatever

And you're good
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1. So i play quite alot of games on Windows vista and heard that i can play them on Linux using WINE, my questions is does running programs on wine effect the speed, quality and performance of the program or does it run exactly like it does in windows?
No, it will kinda be half-assed. You will see a decrease in performance. If you do a LOT of gaming, I advise you either stick with windows, or dual boot. If you're gonna go from vista to Linux, you might like to dual boot XP and Linux (since if you're not using vista as your desktop OS, its bloat and resource requirements compared to XP aren't going to benefit you as a gamer). I do this for games that don't work in Linux. My windows comp doesn't even get antivirus or any protection anymore since games is all it does.

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2.Is running and installing programs similar to windows or is it more complicated?
It really depends. If you go with an easy distro like Ubunt/Debian or Suse or Fedora, chances are that you can get programs from the package manager. This is a program that handles all your programs and can install, update, and uninstall new ones for you. It also fetches the programs from the internet. You can install by searching the program you're looking for, checking the check box, hitting "Accept," and you should be done.

If you can't find the program in the package manger, you'll probably end up having to compile the program from source. This usually isn't that hard, though; it just takes a few commands in the terminal.

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3.Would i need any Anti-virus or Spyware protection?
Not unless you're a hardcore porn surfer. And even then you probably wouldn't need it.

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4.How hard is it to master the OS?
It takes time. Think about how long it took you to learn the technical stuff in windows, like the registry.

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5. Do i need any complicated skill to use Linux?
Yes.

You need patience, determination, and persistence
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