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    I'm thinking of switching my operating system from Windows to Linux/GNU, but
    from what I hear -- natively games for windows don't work on Linux.. but recently
    I found out there was this OS project called WINE but I dunno how effective it is...

    Does anyone knows its degree of effectiveness? for example; will the upcoming
    F.E.A.R 2(game) be able to run smoothly(if even) using WINE or nawt??

    I also seen somewhere that games for Windows run about 40% times faster on
    Linux/GNU with WINE than on their native counterpart -- is it true?? if yes/no then why? :?


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    If WINE can run the game, it's mostly not a lot slower than if it would run on Windows (like only 10% slower). However, mostly the problem lies in the "can" part of that sentence. There are a lot of bugs and some games don't even run at all.

    You can use a virtual machine (VmWare, Virtualbox, etc.), that runs every Windows program exactly the same as it would run on windows - except if the program makes use of 3D acceleration, which most/all 3D games do. It's wonderful if you just want to use Linux for everything except for the occasional program that only runs in Windows, but for 3d games it's a no-go.

    3D games kind of form a problem in Linux. My advice is to set up a dual-boot between Windows and Linux. Just download the Linux Live CD and the installation of such a dual boot goes really easy.


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    Bummer...

    ..but, um... is there any other solution for running games(3D) for Windows on Linux??

    I really wanna move to Linux.. but if I can't play games there.. I have no much
    use for it.. :?

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    I switched to Linux about 8 months ago and haven't looked back since. I still have a Windows XP partition that I can boot too, but rarely go to it. The one or two times I've booted to XP was to play a game that I hadn't set up to run in Wine.

    The thing about Wine is that it is buggy with some software. There are a lot of runtime modules, dlls, etc. that are needed and people have varied success with it. Any .net software, for instance, is bound to be buggy. Older software and games, designed to run on Win98 run great, even some of the early XP stuff. But the more advanced, most newly released stuff is hardware intensive and likely to be a challenge to Wine.

    I have, however, heard that Call For Duty 4 runs under Wine. I use it to run Photoshop, a citation manager, and several Lucas Arts games that seem to run okay.

    Still, there's a lot to be said for running a dual boot system. Keep your gaming activity on the Windows partition and the rest on Linux. Also, there are several Linux games that will give you hours of enjoyment: Nexuiz, Tremulous, Saurbaten (I think that's how its spelled) and Open Arena. These are first person shooters and have the action and intensity of Quake. I think there's also a WolfenStein port (the latest Wolf.) that is really fun, but I haven't tried it. There are also role-playing games and strategy games, but I haven't played them.

    The version of Linux that I would recommend is Ubuntu Hardy (the latest release) with Gnome as a desktop manager. But I only threw that last part in to start the inevitable battle that will erupt after a KDE user reads this and responds.

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    @Hanuka: Wine is not good for playing game coz game never runs as fast as it does on window. Moreover, installation is a big trouble even for old games. Adding some window dll, configuring game sometime costs me a week but the game still doesn't run well. So, it 's better if you stop playing game or think about something greater like PS3 or Wii .

    Currently, i only don't have any partitions for window. if you need to run non 3D Win app (VS 2005, Word..) like me, try to use VirtualBox
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    Thanks for the replies.. I think I'll use a windows with a linux emu -- Then think
    how I'll make them both work for my advantage ^^
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