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kahnefan1983
post Oct 3 2005, 10:35 PM
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I am a tired of having to run my anti-virus twice a day for all the crap I get over my cable modem. What is the best linux distro as far as ease of use, ease of install, and is there a way to play The Sims 2 and GTA:SA on a Linux system?
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post Oct 3 2005, 10:42 PM
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Also I am running WinXP SP2 and I heard that it is harder to dual boot an XP/Linux system than it is a 98/Linux system. Is this true and If I can't run The Sims 2 and GTA on linux how do I dual boot my pc?
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post Oct 8 2005, 10:34 AM
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For ease of use, I'd reccommend RedHat (if you are willing to pay), or Fedora Core if you want it free. I've also heard good things about Mandrake, but I've never used it myself. As far as Windows games on Linux, you might want to look into Wine ( http://www.winehq.com ). It's designed to run Windows programs on Linux, but there are often things you have to tweak around with to get the programs running correctly.

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post Oct 9 2005, 06:32 AM
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Mandriva beats Fedora hands down for ease of use. Fedora still lacks basic configuration utilities which Mandriva has had for ages. Fedora also ships without MP3 support, which is a bit of a pain.

I dont reccomend wine, because it lacks the functonality required by most games. There is a commerical version (Cedega) which contains the stuff that's required. But for windows games, stick with windows. Wine works well with basic programs, that make use of the most common windows APIs, like notepad, and a few older games. I have successfully run RollerCoaster Tycoon, but even that ran slower than it would natively on windows, things like the Sims2 are just too complex for Wine as it currently stands.

If you want to start playing with Linux before you actually commit to it, then check out a LiveCD distribution like Ubuntu.

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post Oct 26 2005, 01:56 PM
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QUOTE (kahnefan1983 @ Oct 3 2005, 10:35 PM)
I am a tired of having to run my anti-virus twice a day for all the crap I get over my cable modem. What is the best linux distro as far as ease of use, ease of install, and is there a way to play The Sims 2 and GTA:SA on a Linux system?

Xandrosis extremely simple to set up and looks a lot like XP, so it won't be too unfamililar.

It instalsl on only 15-20 minutes and can in an easy way install along XP. You can no sweat repartition existing partitions.

It comes in a free Open Circulation at www.xandros.com

It gets my full support to any newbie.
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