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I have decided to uninstall Windows 7 and use Linux as my primary operating system for good...sorta, and by sorta I mean that I will be inside Linux the whole time, but I am going to install virtual box and use Windows 7 inside that, but only for gaming purposes. From what I've been reading it's not worth the hassle to even try to get steam and other games working in Linux. I'm sure it's possible on a decent amount of games, but I figure this is the easiest way to go. I currently use Win 7 64-bit, but I own a copy of Win 7 Pro 32-bit, so I think I'm going to throw that in my virtual machine since that will take up less memory, so I doubt I'll even notice a huge performance drop on my games while inside virtual box.

My next choice is, which distro do I use as my primary. I was thinking of going Ubuntu, or Backtrack4 R2, or even Fedora. Either way for my upcoming semester I have to use Fedora to build a server, but I may just use another virtual machine to do that. Also, keep in mind I am going to school for Network Security, and will probably end up using the tools in BT4 a lot, but at the same time I could always just install those in Ubuntu. Your opinions?

Also, I have a 30GB SSD drive, but will obviously need more than 30GB for my main operating system. Do you guys think I should just use it for one of the virtual machines? I want to put it to good use, thanks.
    
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I'm a bit behind in the virtualization world, but from my experience, most direct X 3d performance is rather poor/non-existent. So virtualizing windows to play games probably isn't going to work for you.
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I'm a bit behind in the virtualization world, but from my experience, most direct X 3d performance is rather poor/non-existent.
This. Unless you're playing some old games from the early-to-mid 90's, you can't really play games inside a virtual machine. Virtual machine software doesn't provide direct access to the graphics hardware, which most games need. Instead they usually emulate some low-power 2D graphics card.
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This. Unless you're playing some old games from the early-to-mid 90's, you can't really play games inside a virtual machine. Virtual machine software doesn't provide direct access to the graphics hardware, which most games need. Instead they usually emulate some low-power 2D graphics card.
Awwww drats! Well I guess I'll have to look into figuring out how to play games inside Linux. I know I can use WINE, and there are some programs out there like Play On Linux, which I could try. Thanks for the info.

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^That's what I've heard though there were a few who claim otherwise. You'll have better luck with many source games through wine but for the PC gamer you are still sadly shackled to windows to enjoy your games without massive effort and performance loss. Pretty much transcoding, ripping(makemkv of my blurays to enjoy in SMPlayer in Linux), and games are the only uses I have for windows and I really can't see the reason for anyone to have it for basic things like IM, web, and office tasks.
     
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Awwww drats! Well I guess I'll have to look into figuring out how to play games inside Linux. I know I can use WINE, and there are some programs out there like Play On Linux, which I could try. Thanks for the info.

Choice on distro, or how to put the SSD to good use?
Why not just dual boot for games? As for choice of distro I'm personally a fan of fedora and arch.
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I have decent knowledge of Linux, and BSD's and since I got my gaming rig about a year and a half ago, I find myself using Windows 7 as a crutch, and I need to learn to walk/run again, instead of limping with Windows. I would prefer to be on Windows as little as possible, and a lot of the games I play are Source games, but I also want to be able to play Black Ops and a few others.
    
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Just dual boot, that's what a lot of us do because of games. Although I find myself playing Urt more now just because it's too much effort to boot into windows for shiny things. lol If I just wanna waste time Urt works, but I still have Windows somewhere. =P Ya know, just in case I have the urge to do some win gaming.
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I doubt you'd get away playing BlackOps in Wine. You may just be better off dual booting for games, unfortunately. It's what I resort to.

I'd suggest using whatever you might use most in work.
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30GB should be more than enough for the OS itself. I usually partition off 8-12GB for root and my home desktop machine is using ~5GB for all software at the moment.
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