[ILUG] one less reason to boot to windows (was: Doom3)
kevin at cybercolloids.net
Fri Oct 15 09:20:29 IST 2004
I must admit I find the reverse of what you say.... In the office we use Linux
100%, servers and desktops. Yes everyone sends us .doc, .ppt and .xls and
OpenOffice can open them all these days with only the occasional formatting
glitch. But you get that in different versions of Office anyway.
However at home my kids have discovered my old box of computer games, classic
titles like Ultima, Harpoon and Doom (thats Doom 1) and so we have to have
one machine dual booting into Windows just for the games....yes they have a
games console but they still want the old stuff as well. I think Linux is
growing faster in the corporate world than it is in the home environment
simply because its required to do a more specific job in the office world.
As for Wine... I have never got it to work for any of the games we have but
also haven't really put much effort in so its not a criticism.
One thing I still can't do on Linux - SWF animation. Openoffice coverts
presenations into swf but its not the same. 3DFX promised a Linux version but
it seems to have been put on hold.
On Thursday 14 October 2004 19:49, Kae Verens wrote:
Philip Creevy wrote:
> The games is playable on linux but it would be nice to
> have sound working as well, even so I now have one
> less reason to boot to windows.
I don't really understand how there can be a reason to boot to Windows
in the first place.
In the office, it's understandable, but only if it's to emulate what
a potential client is doing (like - does a certain website look okay in
IE6), but to boot Windows at home is madness!
Think about it - what do you use Windows for?
Is it for the Microsoft Office suite? If so - ditch your Windows and
install a Linux box. A complaint I hear a lot about that is that a lot
of people insist on giving out .doc files. That's a stupid complaint! It
makes even more sense to insist that the format is Open Office. It runs
on more systems, and is free. /And/ it reads Word files.
Is it for the games? If so, ditch your Windows and buy a Playstation
- it's cheaper, and you won't have to study those stupid "requirements"
info-boxes on the sides of the boxes.
Is it for playing music on? If so, ditch your Windows and either buy
a Mac, or install the Planet CCRMA version of Linux.
I'm glad to say that since I switch completely to Linux at home, I've
had much less trouble than ever before - and if I break something, I
know who to blame! 
1. Me - I can't help messing with settings
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