Campo Feb 23 @ 10:11pm
Windows on linux
I'm new to Linux, well I will be once I buy my new laptop. I've used Linux once or twice on my current machine but deleted the partition due to frame issues. My question is it possible to run windows games from my steam library and have full support from the steam app such as achievements, counting hours and what not. If so let me know so I know what to research before I make my purchase.

P.S. the laptop im looking at is the gazelle professional.

P.S.S. if you know any other laptop for a good price that comes with Linux(pref ubuntu) pre installed let me know.
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-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Feb 23 @ 10:22pm 
It depends,
A) What Windows games are we talking about?
B) Are they Steam games or are they retail?
OverlordTomala Feb 23 @ 10:23pm 
From what I've heard the best way to play windows games on linux is to use a program called Wine. There is also another program you can use called PlayOnLinux that lets you use games and apps from windows under Linux.

Another option would be to run a dual boot of Windows and Linux so that you could have the best of both worlds.
Yoyosan Feb 23 @ 10:25pm 
Hello.

You can use Wine for this purpose. I'm successfully using it for CS GO, RIFT , Path of Exile and Insurgency, on Arch Linux.

Here you can get information on application compatibility with Wine: http://appdb.winehq.org/

There is a lot of information about setting up Wine in Ubuntu but the best information by far, mainly regarding issues, can be found here:
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wine
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Steam#Steam_on_Wine

Cheers.
Campo Feb 23 @ 10:26pm 
@FwG any windows games under my steam library

@Overloard Thanks I will look into them

Revernus Feb 23 @ 10:28pm 
As a short answer, if the game has a native port to Linux, then yes. But if it doesn't, then no. It would be too much trouble to emulate windows games using Wine or a VM as a beginner, you would end up installing windows anyway.
-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Feb 23 @ 10:36pm 
Originally posted by Campo:
@FwG any windows games under my steam library

@Overloard Thanks I will look into them

The issue with running Steam games in WINE is you have to constantly switch between Linux Steam and WINE Steam depending on what you want to do.

In my experience, if you have everything configured properly and your hardware is powerful enough, WINE is a perfect solution. (I'm not exactly sure how things would run on that Intel HD Graphics 4600)
The downside to WINE is lack of DX10/11 support, meaning that games like Battlefield 3/4 or BioShock Infinite won't work. What would be best if you think you're going to be primarily playing Windows games is a Windows dual-boot as Tomala already mentioned. If you need help with this add me and I'll try to help.
Campo Feb 23 @ 10:39pm 
Ok thanks guys, I think ive come to the conculsion of a dual boot setup. Only problem now is getting my hands on a copy of windows, but I think I can manage that ;)

@FwG Ill keep this post im mine, if I need help ill just shoot you a message.
Zyro Feb 24 @ 12:36am 
When you're buying a laptop and want to run Linux on it, it might be wise to look beforehaned what is supproted well and what is not. Not every aspect of every lapton runs well under Linux (due to companys not providing drivers).
phillippi2 Feb 24 @ 1:02am 
Actually, your best bet for running Windows games on Linux would be to use a virtual machine. Wine can be very finicky; sometimes it runs games as if they were still in the alpha stages of their development.
OverlordTomala Feb 24 @ 1:04am 
Originally posted by phillippi2:
Actually, your best bet for running Windows games on Linux would be to use a virtual machine. Wine can be very finicky; sometimes it runs games as if they were still in the alpha stages of their development.

If you're going to go through the trouble to use a virtual machine though you'd probably be better off running windows still for better performance (depending on the system model).
-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Feb 24 @ 1:38am 
Originally posted by Zyro:
Not every aspect of every lapton runs well under Linux (due to companys not providing drivers).
The exception here is the laptop comes preloaded with Ubuntu and all the necessary drivers for the hardware. (at least I would assume it does)
Inzanik Feb 24 @ 4:03am 
WINE is an option, If you have more than One PC, Steam iN-Home Streaming Beta is also an option.

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/homestream
AshLikeSnow02 Feb 24 @ 5:43am 
Originally posted by Revernus:
As a short answer, if the game has a native port to Linux, then yes. But if it doesn't, then no. It would be too much trouble to emulate windows games using Wine or a VM as a beginner, you would end up installing windows anyway.

Revernus we can't say Wine is an emulator. But it doesn't always work, especially with games. There are performance hits. Incompability issues etc. If you are going to switch to Linux depending on Wine, don't!
Jamie F Feb 24 @ 6:51pm 
If you have good enough hardware.. Vm + gpu passthough is a better soultion then wine especally on games that dont work under wine... (if you really need a windows game dual boot or vmware with gpu passthough and direct hardware support.)
ruediix Feb 25 @ 5:07am 
Wine works fairly well on many games now, but others it still doesn't work well on at all.

You can get a list at http://appdb.winehq.org/
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