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Playing Games In Linux

Sep 30, 2009, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])

"There's no getting around it: Linux isn't and probably never will be the first choice of operating system for hardcore gamers. You won't be able to run any of the latest releases when they come out, and you'll get much better performance and full DirectX 10 support by sticking with Windows Vista. Sorry.

"However, if your gaming needs aren't quite on the cutting-edge, Linux can be an alternative. It's a choice that offers many advantages. There are no viruses, no wayward processes chugging away in the background and no spyware, trojans or worms. What's more, you have complete control over every aspect of your system.

"With only a few notable exceptions, such as the amazing World Of Goo, there are very few native Linux conversions of recent games. This leaves you with two possible avenues. You can either dual-boot Linux with your Windows installation, giving you 100 per cent Windows compatibility and a Linux desktop, or you can run those Windows games under Linux using WINE. This isn't an emulator – it's a wrapper that offers a byte-for-byte translation of what various DirectX and Windows libraries do."

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