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    From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    When I get home am I going to be installing Ubuntu for the first time. I am familiar with the set-up process - but is there any additional programs I might want to make the transition from Windows 7 to Ubuntu more comfortable? This computer is going to be used primarily as a gaming machine with aspects of a workstation. Are most default programs compatible with Ubuntu; such as Steam. I am a complete beginner so any​ basic information will do me a great service.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Hi.
    Specifically about Steam i think you just need to start Ubuntu Software Center and Search for Steam.


    Installed, then will ask you to install additional software, and you do.
    After the packages are installed, Steam will launched.


    If you dont have the proper 3D drivers, wait for more experience answer.
    I'm just as new as you in Ubuntu World.
    But it should go just fine.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Is there a video link showing newbies how to do this?

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Hello, Mimilovell
    there is a link: http://www.dedoimedo.com/games/steam...-ringtail.html

    if it against the rules paste link i'm sorry.
    By the way, if it's please tell me.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Are most default programs compatible with Ubuntu
    Depends on what you consider "default" programs.

    If you're talking about running Windows programs in Ubuntu, then the answer realistically is -- NO. There is Wine and some add-ons, but primarily, Windows apps do not work well in Ubuntu.
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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by IvoGuerreiro View Post
    if it against the rules paste link i'm sorry.
    By the way, if it's please tell me.
    Posting a select link to a good tutorial is welcome.
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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Tks,
    In that case i just dodged a bullet

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Gaming will depend entirely on which games you want to play. I doubt very much that you'll get, say, Call of Duty Ghosts to run in Ubuntu, even with something such as Wine or Play On Linux.

    I dual boot with Windows primarily for my gaming requirements.
    Linux does have its own native version of Steam though, as mentioned earlier.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    It depends on what you call default programs. Stuff like image editors, text editors, word processors et cetera work on Linux. Maybe not the same programs as on Windows, but good alternatives are available, sometimes not as good as what you get on Windows, sometimes better than what most people use on Windows – although it may be noted that most programs that are used in Linux can be compiled for Windows too. There are some websites listing Linux alternatives for common Windows programs. There is a decent selection of games available for Ubuntu, including open source ones, some of which are really good. But if you have a favorite, the chance it runs on Ubuntu too is not very large.

    When installing software, it's recommended to install from the software centre. It's the easy way to install stuff and also allows for easy uninstall. Avoid downloading random things from websites and trying to install them manually. That's the Windows way, which may break your system if you don't know what you're doing. Or get you some malware.

    And I hope you're installing either Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.10, which are the currently supported versions. Also, I recommend you keep Windows available on at least one computer in your home, because you won't manage to do everything on Linux from day one.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    you can try it before installing. Gaming hmm. windows games do not run in UBuntu and most games are made for windows only. there are some on steam that work in linux as well. numbers are slowly increasing. but we still are far away from being a gaming system.
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