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Hello, I'm new to Linux

I have some questions ofcourse :)

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trypal7 Saturday 4 February 2012 at 6:37

Hello all, name is Rob

Ok, I have gotten to be just about as sick of MS as I ever have.

I don't want bad blood or anything like that but I want to try using Linux. Truth be told, I have never even looked into it until now. And what I have read so far leads me to believe that learning Linux and PlayOnLinux will be worth it. Now I'm not a programmer and I type slow, but have been doing what I do for a long time which is Gaming and game modding. I buy a game I like, play it, then screw with it until I break it, fix it and do that some more :).

Ok with that said, this is what I do..

Fallout 3
Fallout NV -- soon
Crimson Skies
Lots of music
Audio Editing
Broadband connection

Thats about it for the moment. Games are limited to those for awile to come.
So are these going to work out with Linux?

If so, can I -please- get a "shopping list" of what I need to download....I have a second rig I'm gonna do this to btw.

And hopefully a guide or help getting this going would be awesome. :)

petch Saturday 4 February 2012 at 22:39


Well, to get you started with Linux, I'd recommend trying some "Live CD"s out there, maybe from different distributions using different desktop environments (Gnome, KDE, XFCE,...) to see by yourself what you're more comfortable with. The point is that you don't touch anything on your system, and don't commit to anything just yet.

Once you're done, backup anything you want to backup, just in case (but you're already doing that, right? ;)), and install the Linux distribution you choose. Again, you may feel more comfortable installing it next to your Windows partition. Specially if you're a gamer, you may find that some games may not work, or not work so well, under Wine, and for those keeping a Windows partition could be an interesting fall back.
If there's a PlayOnLinux script for a game, there's a good chance it will work (it may depend on your hardware too, etc. however). If no script is available, the AppDB ratings can give you some idea of how well a game works under Wine (and how much troubles/efforts may be necessary).

About other needs, there's a lot of softwares available, the best is again to experiment. Most of the time you'll probably be using softwares available from your distribution, check those first. For audio editing, maybe you already know Audacity, since it's available under Windows too. It's quite good imho.

It can also be interesting to join real life or virtual user groups to get some support and share experience from peers.

If you like experimenting, there's definitely a lot to do with Linux :) Good luck...

Edited by petch

trypal7 Thursday 9 February 2012 at 9:39

Thank you!

I'm on it :D
Drowz0r Thursday 12 April 2012 at 21:41

I tried a bunch of Linux flavours, I found Ubuntu 11.10 the easiest. Fedora is kinda easy too.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
8GiB RAM | Intel 3.20 Quad Core CPU
GeForce GTX 750 Ti/PCIe/SSE2 | Dual 4.3 (5:4 res) 19" screens