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Thread: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Id recommend not using Ubuntu if all you want to do is gaming. That would be really a disaster.

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    Re: From Windows 7 to Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by kevdog View Post
    Id recommend not using Ubuntu if all you want to do is gaming. That would be really a disaster.
    Well, you're generally right. However, it actually depends on what games you want to play, your ability and will to use terminal and edit configs, etc.

    • Older games run under wine just fine. For example, there's very few new games that I like, so most games I play are made before 2007, many of them run perfectly or near-perfectly under wine.


    • You can always check wine appdb to see how well any particular program or game runs under wine.


    • Most of new games indeed don't work well with wine out-of-box, but often there are workarounds to make them work (but it's usually involves using terminal, editing configs and doing other non-friendly stuff for average user).


    • Finally, there are some good native games and ports. With release of Steam for Linux, there's now much more attention to Linux as a gaming platform.


    Basically, if you want to get rid of Windows completely and use Linux for all stuff including gaming, it might be quite possible, unless you're a hardcore gamer or you need to use some software, that runs only on Windows. Still, there are solutions, such as running Windows in virtual machine (perfect for running Windows-only software, but not for gaming) or dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows (that allows to use Ubuntu as workstation and Windows for gaming, but needs a reboot to switch between OSes, which is a little inconvenient). Having two machines is perfect case for gaming IMO, since you can have one to run Windows for gaming purposes and use second one for Ubuntu workstation without the need to reboot to switch between them.

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