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« on: May 22, 2014, 06:58:20 am »
Hi guys, im having toughts again about going Linux only on my day to day laptop (HP Probook)
But atm im using alot of Windose stuff, Office 365, Steam and some other games (casual gamer)

So do anyone of you have any experience in Crossover?
costs a couple of bucks so wanna know some more, trial and errors etc.



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Re: Crossover
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 07:44:16 am »
If it is anything like WINE - hit and miss would sum it up. I gave up on WINE after about an hour of cursing at it.  I think it is like trying to ram an square peg into a round hole.  MS Office 365 is OS neutral because it is a cloud service.  That should run like a dream as an SSB in the Peppermint environment.  Steam apparently will run on Linux fine, depending on your hardware and drivers.  It might be in the Peppermint 5 repositories when it becomes available. The miscellaneous games depends on what they are.  If your machine has the umph!  You could run Windows in a VM for Windows specific games too.  Just musing  - good luck ;)!
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 07:47:26 am »
Yeah true, but as i understand it the Wine devs are the ones working on Crossover (their way of getting some cash)
And tbh it should work alot better than Wine but, i might giev the trial a spin once im on Linux.

*got 8gb ram so a Vm could work aswell for gaming.

Thanks for the input

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Re: Crossover
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 08:13:30 am »
No problem, yeah that would be really cool.  I for one am curious to know how Crossover compares to WINE. Have you tried Kingsoft Free Office as a MS alternative?  I've been using it for a month or so and it works really well.  It nice having the compatibility issues more or less resolved.  I like the price too  :Dhttp://www.ksosoft.com/
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 08:28:46 am »
IIRC, a vm is rubbish for gaming.

Most games use directx to directly access the hardware .. this would be impossible in a VM

If you want to run Windows software .. run it natively on metal.

But my solution would be .. if it's not Linux native, find something that is ;)

Windows users don't buy a Mac to run the occasional OS X only app .. they use what's natively available ;)
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2014, 08:32:48 am »
IIRC, a vm is rubbish for gaming.

Most games use directx to directly access the hardware .. this would be impossible in a VM

If you want to run Windows software .. run it natively on metal.

But my solution would be .. if it's not Linux native, find something that is ;)

Windows users don't buy a Mac to run the occasional OS X only app .. they use what's natively available ;)

Ahh well theres always something holding me back hehe, how does Crossover handle DirectX? possible at all

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Re: Crossover
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2014, 09:58:25 am »
Ahh well theres always something holding me back hehe, how does Crossover handle DirectX? possible at all

Same way as WINE I guess .. they try to implement an old microsoft version of directx directly in the compatibility layer, but IIRC it can be a bit of a pain.
(or at least it was the last time I used WINE .. things may have moved on since then though).

Nothing like native I'm afraid .. and probably never will be.

Just dual boot if you can't do without the Windows stuff .. but I'll bet you could get by without them if you "really" wanted to .. I'm willing to bet you'd only miss them for a month or so.
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2014, 10:17:20 am »
Yeah, guesd A fresh install OF win for emergenci 8)es and Mint for everything else.
just bought a triple 24* screen setup with a nice stand.
just,waiting to buy the matrox thingy for connection.
you think that screen setup can be made running ok under pmint?

I know x is no fun,fiddling with but.

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Re: Crossover
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2014, 10:24:34 am »
"for emergencies" ?

Heh, you don't hear that much .. I'll keep a copy of Windows around whilst using Linux .. "for emergencies"  :D

We can but try the monitor thingy.
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2014, 10:29:21 am »
"for emergencies" ?

Heh, you don't hear that much .. I'll keep a copy of Windows around whilst using Linux .. "for emergencies"  :D

We can but try the monitor thingy.

Hahahaha yeah, Linux is usually used as emergency tool =D
i might have invented a meme (my face and a win cd and text saying for emergencies said no one ever) :D

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Re: Crossover
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2014, 10:32:08 am »
Isn't the "Super Key" the emergency  button   :D?
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Re: Crossover
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2014, 10:33:30 am »
Isn't the "Super Key" the emergency  button   :D?

Hahahahah loling hard over here  :P