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Old 07-26-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 compact computer with windows XP installed on it. I plan to use the computer for internet surfing, word processing, and maybe some light gaming. Should I install Linux on it? BTW this is my first post.
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Depends what you mean by light... I don't even know, will most games run on Linux now?
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I would go for linux. There are a lot of games that will run on linux. There wont run in thier native form with the linux kernel but there a few program that you can get that will allow them to run.

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Even if you do manage to get windows games to install in linux I heard there is a huge performance hit due to the fact that it is emulating windows and doing it poorly. I tried an os called react os a while back. It is still in alpha I think but when its all done it is going to be a windows clone but for free.
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Hi,

Here is what I know about gaming on linux there are a few programs that you can use. One is called WINE. The next is a paid program with a free trial period from Codeweavers called Cross Over, the last is a program that I am currently trying out, it is called Cedega. I am currently working on installing Steam and getting that to work. Cedega is also a paid program and has a free option.

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Old 07-26-2009, 06:44 PM   #6
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By light gaming I meant like 1 or 2 very old games, my comp isnt very good with graphics, nothing major at all.
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What are the specs of your computer? If they arn't bad I would suggest neither, and tell you to get Windows 7
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #8
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Cant give you the specs of the computer, its currently broken . I can tell you that its a low end computer meant for businesses, so its not very powerful.
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hmm. Well...in that case I prefer XP over linux. I find the compatibility of XP very nice, and it's very easy and straight forward to install things. I found linux's system overly complicated for no reason...probably because your trying to run windows based products on a linux system.
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I've heard Linux is "lightning fast" compared to XP. Is this true? How much faster is it?
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