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    Basic Linux Questions


    I can't stand microsoft and am trying like hell to get away from them somewhat at least.

    I just have a few question about the limitions and variations of linux.

    What are popular games or uses for a home linux user?
    What is the most stable 64 bit linux os?
    How much of a learning curve is involved when you transition from Windows 3.1-XP to Fedora Core 3?
    Where do you go to find the code and the prompt commands for your linux os?
    Is there a way to run some windows executables in linux(like games, ex. Warcraft 3)?

    Thanks in advance to any input.

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    Re: Basic Linux Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheetos034
    I can't stand microsoft and am trying like hell to get away from them somewhat at least.

    I just have a few question about the limitions and variations of linux.

    What are popular games or uses for a home linux user?
    What is the most stable 64 bit linux os?
    How much of a learning curve is involved when you transition from Windows 3.1-XP to Fedora Core 3?
    Where do you go to find the code and the prompt commands for your linux os?
    Is there a way to run some windows executables in linux(like games, ex. Warcraft 3)?

    Thanks in advance to any input.
    Go here for games: http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/topic-40413.html

    The learning curve depends on how fast you soak up info, the amount of energy/effort you put in, etc etc. It's a good sized curve I'd say. If you just want to use it as a basic workstation then it wont be as much as if you want to do networking or servers and such.

    To find commands and such, read documentation for programs and stuff. Read these forums, man pages, books, etc.

    You can use wine, win4lin, vmware, or crossover to run windows programs in Linux. Each differs, (vmware and win4lin are actual emulators) and I think the only free one I mentioned is wine. Check out wine at www.winehq.com
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    What are popular games or uses for a home linux user?
    I'm not really a gamer. Anyways, I see that lots of people play Unreal Tournament, Doom 3 and such..
    What is the most stable 64 bit linux os?
    There are many distros which have 64bit versions. If you make a search in this forum you will find some threads where they're named.
    How much of a learning curve is involved when you transition from Windows 3.1-XP to Fedora Core 3?
    Well, this really depends on the person.. how much time you're willing to spend learning, because you learn here...
    Where do you go to find the code and the prompt commands for your linux os?
    Documentation is something that doesn't lack in this Linux world, you've got guides/tutorials everywhere..

    I'll give you three links you will need/want:

    Google For Linux
    Freshmeat (Software)
    SourceForge (Software)

    The last two are for searching softwre, they're just great (specially Freshemeat.net).

    Hope this helps.
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    Since your just getting started, I would recomend looking at as many distro's as you can. Im sure you will find something right for you. Check out www.distrowatch.com , you can also try some of the live cd's of the different versions.
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    Suse is a pretty good distro for newcomers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude500
    Suse is a pretty good distro for newcomers
    I agree. I also believe that Suse has a 64 bit version.

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    There's also Cedega for DirectX emulation. You can also get it for free here but it doesn't include support for properitary CD copy protections.

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    There are two ways to go about Linux. You can use a (I hate to say it) Windows clone distro such as Fedora or Mandrake or you can use a DIY distro such as Gentoo, Slackware, or, to a lesser extent, Debian. If you go for the former, you'll get some functionality but you won't learn and be more likely to go crawling back to Microsoft (at least that was my experience). However, the latter makes you learn Linux and by the time you get the frigging thing working you wretch while using Windows.

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