Questions about gaming in Linux / virtualization

Jamon Camisso jamon.camisso-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at
Mon Jul 14 17:43:04 UTC 2008

Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:33:05AM -0600, Marc Lanctot wrote:
>> I have a dual-boot Windows XP / Ubuntu Linux machine but I hardly ever 
>> use the Windows partition.
>> I'd like to play the new MTG Online III by Wizards of the Coast, but I 
>> really don't want to reboot every time to do this because I'd like to 
>> play for 5-10 min at a time here-and-there in work lulls.  Cedega has it 
>> listed as a 3/5 compatibility rating so it's not worth using that. I 
>> tried Wine and it just didn't start (after installation). This game 
>> shouldn't be too demanding the graphics end, so now I'm thinking of 
>> running it through a virtual PC running Windows.
>> My questions are:
>> - Is there a better route other than what I tried above to play the game 
>>  in Linux?
>> - What is the best free/open virtualization software? (Xen, etc.)
>> - Can I ask the virtual machine software to boot my physical Windows 
>> partition while in Linux without having to install a virtual Windows?
> Virtualization won't let you use the video card as far as I know, so
> know 3D accaleration, which makes that idea useless pretty much.

Vmware 6.5 beta uses full DX9 acceleration (or at least they advertise 
it as such, haven't used it, nor do I care to).

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