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Stay away from Linux if your goal is gaming unless you're really knowledgeable on the OS or you're gonna have headaches (literally)

A few years ago I tried it and it took me 5 hours to figure how to change from 60hz->120hz (crt). I searched the forums and there were like 100+ threads with my same problem. I didn't even want to think of the road ahead.

Windows for gaming.
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post #22 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodyfly View Post
Stay away from Linux if your goal is gaming unless you're really knowledgeable on the OS or you're gonna have headaches (literally)

A few years ago I tried it and it took me 5 hours to figure how to change from 60hz->120hz (crt). I searched the forums and there were like 100+ threads with my same problem. I didn't even want to think of the road ahead.

Windows for gaming.
The above quoted post is prima facie evidence that the only way to become "knowledgeable on the OS" is to actually use it.
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Well, somehow, after the loud noise the HDD made, what appeared to be the puff of smoke along with the lack of boot, I was able to repair the install...its back up and running. I guess my linux experimentation will wait until I get a netbook as I had planned.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by woodyfly View Post
Stay away from Linux if your goal is gaming unless you're really knowledgeable on the OS or you're gonna have headaches (literally)

A few years ago I tried it and it took me 5 hours to figure how to change from 60hz->120hz (crt). I searched the forums and there were like 100+ threads with my same problem. I didn't even want to think of the road ahead.

Windows for gaming.
I don't know much about Linux, honestly, all I really know is how to follow tutorials, usage of su and sudo, pacman -S/-R program name and pacman -Syu, but I didn't find it hard, honestly most games "tweaking" stuff is just "Download winetricks and use it to download x, y, z and then tell winecfg to use the native versions of the dlls you just got", not any harder than tweaking a .ini file for better performance or the like.

But that's the thing with Linux, everything seems really hard (Just as it would for someone who has used Mac OS or Unix all their life going to Windows and doing the same tweaking stuff) but it takes a few weeks of using it (And googling for help whenever you need it) and once you've got all your issues sorted (I had to deal with WiFi, games, MSNP18 and a few other issues here and there), you get a better OS than any other OS on the market, at least for general usage and gaming depending on what games you play.
    
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post #25 of 43
has anyone tried reactOS for gaming purposes?

it is designed to be a NT clone, and it uses a lot of wine code in its base. so it is sorta like a wine OS. i haven't used it in a few years, the last time i tried it, i got a generalized page fault in its kernel, and it caused a BSOD in the vmware, i found it amusing, cause they "duplicated" windows bsod, so they aren't able to make it a 100% binary compatible with NT yet, but they sure been able to duplicate its debugging process .

i know that project has been plagued with problems, like the accusation of reverse engineering and decompiling windows files to copy its code, and at best it will only ever be XP compatible, but it is still nice to check it out everyonce in awhile to see its progress, its still in alpha, and might not be a good idea to run as your primary OS, but it is more windows-like than linux+wine is.
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post #26 of 43
Lindows tried the same thing I believe, turned into Linspire, then burned and failed?

I swear this has been tried time and time again, why won't they just learn we have Wine and it's a valid solution. =P
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post #27 of 43
hasnt wine gotten a lot better??

believe last time i tried using wine for anything really was like back in 08
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post #28 of 43
linspire was still linux at its heart, its still around i believe as freespire, but it did fail horribly. i purchased a copy of it once, to try it out, it spent less than 6 hours on my machine, cause what i knew of windows didn't work in linspire and what i knew of linux, somewhat worked there

the one thing i love bout the cloud concept, is it wont matter what OS you are running, but at the same time, the idea of of entrusting the interweb with my stuff, and the reliability of my internet comes into question, it is the one thing i dislike about steam, i lost internet for 2 weeks, while my ISP wanted to argue with me that the problem was with my router, not their modem or cables running into my house, at the end of the 2 weeks when they finally sent out a technician, and guess what, the problem was at the switch a mile away from my house.

but that isn't the point, that i'm smarter than tier 1 and 2 tech support, the point is, my internet was down, and when it was up it was seriously flaky, i was unable to play 90% of my games on steam, cause they require steam authentication, which means i would have to login, same with the cloud, with internet that is shoddy, no matter who you have, any interruption in service for whatever reason, will render your computer a 100% useless.

i know i've hijacked this thread sorry for it.
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post #29 of 43
I game in Linux, metro crysis Penumbra Amnesia warband UT04 CSS half life2 AOE3 KOTR1&2 doom3 QW, you name it, I play it
a custom complied wine installment can go a long ways to aide with gaming
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Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo View Post
I game in Linux, metro crysis Penumbra Amnesia warband UT04 CSS half life2 AOE3 KOTR1&2 doom3 QW, you name it, I play it
a custom complied wine installment can go a long ways to aide with gaming
make a step by step tutorial and maybe ill consider making a custom compiled installation of wine
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