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#1 voyager43

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 06:55 PM

I've gone through some recent threads about the imminent demise of XP, and have decided to at least do Linux as a dual-boot option, if not full-bore. I do have some concerns that I couldn't find addressed. Laptop is Dell Latitude D620, T2400 CPU @ 1.83 GHz w/ 2.99 GB of RAM (not sure on speeds), Mobile Intel 945GM graphics adapter, Intel Pro 3945ABG Wireless network connector.

 

1. I should be able to use most Linux distros with my hardware setup, correct?

 

2. One concern is gaming. Will WINE run most Windows games? Specifically I want to know about Torchlight 2 and Age of Empires 2, as we play these games quite regularly at home over the LAN.

 

3. What are some good resources for catching back up on Linux? I last messed around with Red Hat back in 1999 (?) and liked it, although never really delved deeply into it for a variety of reasons. My subsequent systems have all been Win98SE/XP machines.

 

Thank you for your time



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:02 PM

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1. I should be able to use most Linux distros with my hardware setup, correct?

 

2. One concern is gaming. Will WINE run most Windows games? Specifically I want to know about Torchlight 2 and Age of Empires 2, as we play these games quite regularly at home over the LAN.

 

3. What are some good resources for catching back up on Linux? I last messed around with Red Hat back in 1999 (?) and liked it, although never really delved deeply into it for a variety of reasons. My subsequent systems have all been Win98SE/XP machines.

 

Thank you for your time

1.  No.  If thinking of a 'buntu, stick with 12.04 LTS versions.  32-bit is the architecture you want, too.  Ask for recommendations and you'll get dozens, likely confusing you even more.  MEPIS, MX-14, Linux Lite (based on 12.04), Zenwalk, antiX, CrunchBang, PCLinuxOS bear checking out.  Read about MX-14 -- it will mention a Desktop Environment named XFCE.  I recommend going no 'heavier' than this DE on your hardware. 

2.  With a Core2Duo and 3GB RAM at 667MHz, it's possible.  I think I'd max out RAM capacity of the motherboard before trying it, though.

3.  Rute Linux Tutorial and Exposition is a fine reference.  Linux in Easy Steps may be a good refresher if UNIX/Linux commands are forgotten. As is Linux In A Nutshell


Edited by pane-free, 25 March 2014 - 08:13 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:28 PM

 

One concern is gaming. Will WINE run most Windows games?

I wouldnt count on it. Wine can be a pain. You may have performance issues.

 

But Linux has steam on it and if you have a legit copy of age of empires it should run that way.

 

Age of Empires 2,

http://steamcommunity.com/app/221380/discussions/0/

 

Torchlight 2

http://steamcommunity.com/app/200710



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

Hey. I have the same machine as you voyager. But with only 2gb of ram.

 

Please keep the thread up to date with what works for you, or fails. I was thinking of trying Mint for my dual boot, but my time frame for getting it done is probably going to be slower.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:04 AM

#1, on that hardware you should be able to run most 32 versions of Linux w/out issue. I highly suggest Linux Mint "Mate" version, although others prefers Ubuntu. Mint has one main advantage, the Start Menu is similar to XP's, Ubuntu has a lot of eye candy & the new user has to dig to find things, just like Windows 8 users had to before 3rd party Start menus began to show. Also, the Mint communty is one of the best you'll find. Tons of support for newcomers & veterans alike. Priority support for newbies.

 

#2, Wine is just an emulator, can't handle games at any decent rate, unless the user has a very powerful computer & still there would be issues. After research on your CPU, I see it supports running virtual machines (VT-x). Therefore, provided you have enough RAM (upgrade to the max), you can run XP or possibly Windows 7 in VirtualBox for gaming.

 

http://ark.intel.com/products/27235/Intel-Core-Duo-Processor-T2400-2M-Cache-1_83-ghz-667-mhz-fsb

 

There are more games for Linux emerging as the demand is increasing.

 

#3, right here at Bleeping Computer & various Linux forums. Each OS has their own community forum & there are also general Linux forums that deals with most all distros.

 

Keep us informed of your progress & good luck with Linux. I feel that you'll enjoy the experience.

 

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Edited by cat1092, 28 March 2014 - 12:04 AM.

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