[ubuntu-us-mi] Hello!

Jay R. Wren jrwren at xmtp.net
Tue Oct 9 16:50:22 BST 2007

Kevin B. O'Brien wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 09:05 -0400, Wolfger wrote:
>> On 10/9/07, Jay R. Wren <jrwren at xmtp.net> wrote:
>>> That is an easy migration.
>>> Just stop playing video games. Problem solved!
>> Ha. People who don't play games think they're so funny. If I could
>> change one thing about the Linux community, it would be the
>> seriousness with which we (as a whole) treat gaming. It keeps more
>> people than you think from using Linux.
>> As to Jason's dilemma, I believe WOW can be made to work under WINE or
>> Cedega (I refuse to play anything with a monthly subscription,
>> personally). Never heard of Tabula Rasa before.
> I have Windows XP working fine in a VMWare virtual workstation on my
> Ubuntu laptop. But to be fair, in gaming you want performance, and I
> don't think you get that with wine/VMware/etc.
Wine has actually been known to get BETTER performance than Windows XP 
and Vista under certain cases. Wine reimplements the needed parts of 
DirectX to work in Linux and often times the libraries against which 
Wine is written can be faster.

For example, imagine a game written to a slightly older DX, like 8 or 9. 
On Windows the DX implementation might use software rendering for 
something. In WINE, they might use hardware rendering if it is available.

As for VMWare, Workstation 6 now includes 3d acceleration. It is good 
enough for things like compiz or Vista's Aero, but I'm not sure how fast 
is it for games. Prior to Version 6 of Workstation, VMWare emulated a 
10+ year old S3 Trio64 video chip. It had no 3d Acceleration. VMWare 
Server still emulates this 2d chip. VMWare Player added the same 3d 
support as workstation somewhere along the way (not sure when, I think 
it was player 2.0).


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