Lan compatibility windows and linux

Hi,

I’m thinking about (attempting to) making the complete switch over to Linux for my gaming from windows. I already use openSUSE on my laptop and am very happy about the 11.3 release. It’s gotten me excited about Linux again!

Anyway probably the biggest things that’s stopping me from jumping in is this - Every now and then I go to Lans where I take my box along and play CS:S or TF2 or similar over a network. If I’m running these through steam (which is going to be run on wine? yes?) and these games also running on wine, is there any issue seeing LAN games/playing over a network?

How fiddly is wine in the end? Will I be constantly adjusting it or does it work right from the start most of the time?

On Wed, 28 Jul 2010 03:06:01 +0000, bobby john wrote:

> Anyway probably the biggest things that’s stopping me from jumping in is
> this - Every now and then I go to Lans where I take my box along and
> play CS:S or TF2 or similar over a network. If I’m running these
> through steam (which is going to be run on wine? yes?) and these games
> also running on wine, is there any issue seeing LAN games/playing over a
> network?

Someone who runs steam should probably comment, but I can say that I’ve
run Portal and HL2 under WINE with minimal issues (mostly related to my
graphics card not being high end and not to do with WINE itself).

> How fiddly is wine in the end? Will I be constantly adjusting it or does
> it work right from the start most of the time?

WINE can be fiddly, but if you want something that’s a bit better
supported, I’d suggest hopping over to Codeweavers and buying Crossover
Games - that way you get support and some additional information on
tricks to make your favourite games run (and can easily check
compatibility - not that the appdb over at winehq isn’t any good). Also
a portion of what you spend at Codeweavers goes to WINE development - and
they contribute their code changes as well. :slight_smile:

I think you’ll like (and probably would benefit) from the additional
management tools they provide.

(Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with Codeweavers in any way other than
being a happy paying customer. This also shouldn’t be read as an
endorsement of Codeweavers by the openSUSE project - just my own personal
opinion; I’m not authorized to speak for the openSUSE project on things
of this nature. :slight_smile: )

Jim

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