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extantrifler

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#1 11 years ago

I tried reading about Linux on wikipedia but I'm still really confused about some things because I'm stupid.

1. Does the Wine program allow you to start up ANY windows program, or just some? 2. How is its security? 3. How is it playing games(like CS or UT2004, if those would work)? 4. If I wanted to get a good premade Linux, would I have to pay? 5. How exactly does it work? Like, do I install it over windows?




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#2 11 years ago

1. Some.

2. As a rule better than Windows but ultimately it depends on you and how you use it.

3. Depends on the game, though you'll probably want to use Cedega rather than WINE for games.

4. Nothing.

5. You can either delete Windows or keep it and it'll let you choose which one to use when you start the computer. I'd most definately keep Windows in your situation.




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#3 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;35139115. You can either delete Windows or keep it and it'll let you choose which one to use when you start the computer. I'd most definately keep Windows in your situation.

That's a big definate i agree with.

Linux is entirely free, i would suggest the version called 'FreeSpire' if you are used to Windows layout and the general usage of the OS.




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#4 11 years ago

So it could not, in any way, somehow interfere with windows, right?

Would anyone reccomend it?




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#5 11 years ago

I've used SuSE 10.0 from Novell for over a year. Just set up your partitions so they don't destroy your Windows data. I'm not good with that, so someone else will have to help you there.

Once you start your PC, there will be a bootloader asking you to choose Windows or Linux, or boot from floppy, etc. It works seamlessly with me.




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#6 11 years ago

Partitions?




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#7 11 years ago

Partitions are basically sections of your hard drive that are set off for a specific purpose. For example, if you have one 200GB hard drive, you can partition it into two separate drives, a 50GB and 150GB, or two 100GB drives, or whatever you want, and make them act like two separate drives. You can make separate partitions for Linux so Linux and Windows never interfere with each other, even if they're on the same physical hard drive.




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#8 11 years ago

extantrifler;3513865I tried reading about Linux on wikipedia but I'm still really confused about some things because I'm stupid.

1. Does the Wine program allow you to start up ANY windows program, or just some? 2. How is its security? 3. How is it playing games(like CS or UT2004, if those would work)? 4. If I wanted to get a good premade Linux, would I have to pay? 5. How exactly does it work? Like, do I install it over windows?

To supplement Archaon:

1. ... (just read Archaon's post) 2. Fantastic. You can still screw it up, but Linux is vastly more secure (and stable) than Windows. 3. Some games (like UT2kx) are built around OpenGL and can be installed natively on Linux. Others (most others, those built with the DX API) require WINE or Cedega to run. 4. Linux is Open Source. That makes it free (like speech, not beer--apologies to Richard Stallman.) 5. Most every modern distro includes a very intelligent installer that can discern other partitions. The default option in just about every distro I've used when other partitions are found is to resize what's already there and install Linux onto the leftover space. But you can still get advanced as you want, right up to manual editing of the partitions. One thing to be aware of: If you resize a partition that Windows resides on, it will flip out the first time you boot up. This is normal; it's just Windows being spastic (in theory Linux will actually do it as well, but it's a little more sedate in this respect. In practice it never happens, because Windows wants to dominate the world and won't let you install it alongside Linux if left to its own devices.)




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#9 11 years ago

If you're really interested in Linux, Google 'Ubuntu'. It is the best novice-level version of Linux avaliable.




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#10 11 years ago

Is that an opinion or fact?