hello, im very new to slitaz but i got it runnning on my usb drive, but i wanna change stuff like themes and add applications and run games. Can i run COD Black Ops on Slitaz using Wine? If i can how?? I havent tried yet. And, can i use Slitaz as a server when i host network games?
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I think you will get a better replay if you post in an English forum ;-)
But yes you can change themes, add applications,run games and use your computer as a server.
of course you can modify almost every detail of Slitaz as with most Linux distributions, you aren't even bound to just one window manager version.
I guess running a graphics intensive game like COD Black Ops in Wine will give you quite a hard time... Quite often the open source drivers for various graphic cards under Linux are not as performant as in windows, where the vendor of the card optimises everything for the ultimate gaming experience UNDER WINDOWS.
And even if the driver had similar performance (not only in 2D but also in 3D using all those shaders, pipelines, ... u name it), wine will be the bottle neck.
While wine (and I guess especially Crossover) help using quite a lot of windows applications and games under linux "converting" (since it's not emulating) the windows commands into the Linux/XWin World takes performance too. In addition, Linux (and I think even more so Slitaz) is generally more productive- than gaming-oriented. There's quite a stock of games, even some 3D-Third-Person-Shooter but the roots lay in a stable, robust, safe and reliable system, not in the highest framerates achievable.
Don't get me wrong: if you have a (at best linux-based) server-version of a game, then run it on a linux server. But running a high-end 3D-third-person action-game in wine just cannot give you the performance you might expect.
If you want to WORK with your machine, try out Linux, the leading-edge-gaming world hasn't discovered linux yet... sorry!
It's been shown COD: Black Ops can run under Wine if you install DirectX to your Wine environment. That said, the Wine team is also working on a 'native' version of DirectX that comes with Wine to make the playing of games that require it work out of the box and without glitches. The thing is that Wine can use hardware acceleration, both from Video and Audio cards, so it doesn't have to be processor intensive like you mentioned. Also note that Crossover was the commercial version of Wine and is now defunct. Wine itself is a split off of the mechanisms used with in ReactOS, which aims to copy the typical Windows/NTFS environment, but for free. Yes, at the moment you can't play some games on Linux, but the point is fast approaching that this is fast coming to an end.
Might I also point out many OpenGL or SDL based games out there for Linux? Really, there is quite a lot of them. From Racing games to First Person Shooters like Alien Arena. There is even a Worms 2 and Lemmings clones out there. What about engines like ScummVM and HeX that allows you to play DOS/Windows games on Linux Natively? Really, there are so many great games that can be played on Linux it's not even funny. And you know what? They're all for free. This is not even mentioning the emulation scene. Linux isn't a gaming platform? I beg to differ.
Am I saying it's easy to do? No. It's not always as simple as I make it sound, but largely it's possible. The point is that taking the broad view that Linux will never be a good gaming platform because of the minority of games that don't work for it is like refusing to eat because you saw somebody choke once.
Now, are you asking if SliTaz can do this well? Well... Maybe. SliTaz 3 doesn't have the best DRI (Direct Rendering) support, which is required by mesa (OpenGL) to run through hardware rather than software. This might make games pretty slowish unless you correct it. On the upside, the current cooking (and in turn SliTaz 4) has native DRI support. Couple this with the latest Wine and Mesa builds and you may have both a light and fast little gaming OS.
Please don't get me wrong...
I didn't mean to say "don't play games under Linux", not at all. I LOVE gaming and since I have strong aversions against Windows I occasionally use this opportunity under Linux as well.
But to my impression Tatenda sounded like taking his first steps in Linux and trying to benchmark it against Windows using a leading-edge 3D-game.
I just want to prevent another disappointed user having the impression that linux is not really worth a try, since "not even COD" is running as desired...
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