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Hi!I've recently upgraded from Windows ME to Red Hat Linux 7.2 and now can't run FS2002 as a native program. I've tried Wine (WINdown Emulator) which should allow me to use Windows programs under Linux. Unfortunately, Wine doesn't support version 7.2 very well, or at all, and now I'm stuck with no FS. That's a problem for my airline - CEO doesn't have FS!I'm on Linux now, not that you can tell. Does anybody know how to run FS2002 in RHL 7.2? Should I use the advantages of Linux (being open-source) to make a piece of software to run FS in? We could pioneer and I'll be the originator of the 'FS in Linux' age. Yeah, right - don't make much of a programmer myself.If you have any ideas, please post here or contact me at topchrisher@sympatico.cahttp://airwayscanada.web1000.com/images/Signature_003.jpgChristopher A.

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I currently work with unix,linux and have for servel years so what iam about to say is not just something I made up .This is my daily job with that here i go:Wine is always under devel.It only supports certain types of dll and supports only very few functions of directx.I have not used wine in quite sometime myself but last I heard it still was not running games very well.Wine was designed for people to have the option to run windows programs under linux but was never ment for gaming although over time some people have gotten games to work.They do not work very well.Wine takes alot of memory to run well so you add that on top of tring to play a modern 3d game and it would be like to tring to run FS2k2 with everything maxed on a p200 and 8MB card espically when it comes to Fs2k2.Iam sure that there is a way to get it to work under wine depending on how far along the direct3d devel for wine is.However it's my advise not to even waste time tring to get good results.I would just format you HD install windows then install linux on a separte partion.Redhat should setup your partion and lilo right so windows will boot.I personally do not like any *nix on the same hard drive as my windows box.I like to use seprate hard drives.Currently I have 7 *nix machines doing different services and only one windows 2000 box.I also do not use red hat so I do not know all of details of there lastest distro but iam sure it has not changed to much.I hate to be the one to break the news but linux is VERY limited in gaming and emu is not ment to run FS2k2 no matter how good.Linux runs Q3 and unreal great thought :).Just keep in mind the unix is unix it has nothing to do with and never will have anything to do with windows. Good luck Richard Dillon KATLSr First Officer www.jetstarairlines.com"Bill Grabowski's"ERJ-145 panel Beta TeamMD-11 panel Beta Team____________________________"Lets Roll" 9/11 Specs AMD 1600 XP 512MB DDR GF3 ti 200 64MB SBliveCh Products Yoke and Pedals(usb)Windows 2000 SP2

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Hi Richard,Great information as always. But in this case, its a bit outdated...WineX from TransGaming is the Wine offshoot expressly for supporting DirectX games under Linux. There are more than a few great games that run great under WineX, although it is still fairly young in its development. I haven't expressly tried FS2002 under one of my linux boxes yet, but it'd sure be worth a shot (and I'd love to hear feedback from anyone here who tries - good or bad). (Edit: actually, I just looked up FS2002 in the WineX database and it doesn't look good for FS users: http://www.transgaming.com/gamepage.php?gameid=490).Since WineX isn't an emulator (it runs native as x86 since thats the underlying platform, and uses the standard Windows binaries to do so - but DirectX calls *are* translated to OpenGL), the speeds of the games can be quite good - even sometimes better than under windows itself (but thats fairly rare in my experience). Nvidia cards are by far the best supported.Here is a list of the games that run under WineX to various degrees (this list only shows games with a success rating of at least 3 - the scale is 0 to 5):http://www.transgaming.com/dogamesearch.ph...rking&showall=1Even the base Wine project had decent success in the past with many games... Some are listed here (dating back to '99 no less):http://www.linuxgames.com/wineYou can find out more at the TransGaming site:http://www.transgaming.comTake care, http://members.rogers.com/eelvish/elrondlogo.gifhttp://members.rogers.com/eelvish/flyurl.gif

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I did not even know Wine had gotten that far , wow.That's impressive.I would interested in knowing how that works myself.I might have to play with it.I still do not think i would run FS2k2 on it until I knew for sure it would run better in which i really think flight sim are the exception to try to get running in a EMU like wine.It already takes so much power to run wine or even more with winex since it sounds like it has a frontend.If it did work very well though I might stop using windows altogether.FS2k2 is about the only reason I even run a windows box :).thanks for the links.I was a bit outdated :-lol Richard Dillon KATLSr First Officer www.jetstarairlines.com"Bill Grabowski's"ERJ-145 panel Beta TeamMD-11 panel Beta Team____________________________"Lets Roll" 9/11 Specs AMD 1600 XP 512MB DDR GF3 ti 200 64MB SBliveCh Products Yoke and Pedals(usb)Windows 2000 SP2

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