Originally Posted by saltynay
you do know about "wine" right???? you can use most windows software and games on linux now. Some games are also designed and retailed for linux aswell but you have to pay for the big titles obviously
Of course I know about Wine. I've used it as much as anyone. But when you make people believe that they can run any Windows app or game using Wine, you're misleading them. Some apps work with Wine out of the box, some apps require tweaking with dll's etc., and some apps just do not work well at all. Games are hit and miss. You can't just tell someone that we have Wine, so you don't have anything to worry about. I've been through my share of problems getting certain popular games to work with the latest version of Wine, and usually after all of that work, it ends up not working as well as it does in Windows. You can mostly forget about running any of the latest and greatest games with Wine. I also know about Cedega. You pay a monthly fee to be able to play the games that you already payed a high price for and it ends up not being much better than the free Wine.
It's best to just be up front with people and tell them that they can run any of tens of thousands of games and apps that are freely available for Linux without trouble. And also there is a chance that their Windows program may run in Wine. I don't like misleading people just to make them mad when they find out otherwise and it's too late.
Originally Posted by Makaveli213
GParted is teh best way to do this.
The Ubuntu installation process actually includes GParted to partition your drives for you. You don't really have to do anything separate.
About the argument against Ubuntu. Linux Mint is just Ubuntu with all of the codecs, etc. already installed for you. The reason Ubuntu doesn't have them installed up front is for legal purposes. It is actually illegal to use some of that stuff in the US. The good thing about Ubuntu is that they have evolved to the point that those things aren't installed by default, but when you need them, it gives you the choice to have them automatically installed for you. Linux Mint looks cool, but I prefer straight Ubuntu because it's still easy to use and it's less confusing when you are looking for support, etc.
But I primarily use Vista now anyway. Why are we having this discussion in the Windows part of the forum anyway?