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6-30-2008 @ 7:20PM
It really does depend on your hardware..I can run WoW on my desktop computer at home either in Vista with DirectX, or in Linux under Wine with OpenGL. OpenGL has many more screen-tearing problems, and I can't have my terrain draw distance maxed out like I can under DirectX.My laptop, an HP dv6110us, is a very different story. It came with XP Media Center edition, but I used the express upgrade program to get Vista (came for free, since I bought the laptop about a month before Vista came out.) I installed Vista, and tried to get WoW working. Problem is, even today, the latest nVidia drivers are the ones released in January of 2007 -- that's right, the "current" drivers for the onboard nVidia Go 6150 are the original drivers released for Vista. Needless to say, performance for games in general is terrible. And of course, you can't simply install nVidia's drivers for Vista, and hacking them to get them to work improves matters, but I still have to run horrible framerates at a lower resolution than my LCD screen would prefer.However, running WoW on Ubuntu Linux under Wine on my laptop results in performance similar to what I was getting under XP when I first got the laptop. I can run with high texture resolution, and at the maximum resolution that my LCD will take. It's very playable, and MUCH better than the performance I get under Vista.So yes, your mileage may vary, but WoW is playable on any reasonable hardware setup with Wine under Linux. I'd *highly* recommend it for laptop users who may be suffering from the same terrible driver support from their hardware manufacturers.
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