It may run under Wine but would probably run better on VirtualBox or another VM solution running XP. However if you run HEM or PT3 your HUD won't work and importing HH's may be a manual process. In other words, it won't work nearly as well as on Windows.
I would actually say that running postgresql for HEM/PT3 on a linux host with an XP guest runs it all a lot better than on windows. Postgresql is native to linux and as such does not consume anywhere near the 200+ MBs of RAM that it does on XP.
XP runs just fine and is still being updated by Microsoft for a few more years. Windows 7 and Vista are resource hogs I wouldn't even suggest using either of them on a machine with less than 2 Gigs of ram.
Upgrading older PCs is easy, but as they get even older the parts become even more expensive and lots of OEM brand computers are pretty useless to try and upgrade anyway. Unless your computer is just a few years old and you bought good parts with room to upgrade, buying new is a lot of times easier and cheaper. You won't get your moneys worth upgrading a 10 yr old pc with a faster CPU, RAM, and harddrive and itll cost almost the same amount as buying all new parts.
Id say buy a gig of ram and install XP Pro, but it will run just fine with 512megs.
Originally Posted by WEC
Eeek...one sad thing you will discover. If you run other programs at all on the computer, you will find some do not run on XP that run on 2000, and for sure when you move up to Vista or 7 many of the programs cease to work and it makes you buy new ones.
That really pissed me off when I recently helped a friend who bought a Vista machine and had an XP. Greedy software manufacturers don't upgrade their programs and many make you buy brand new software if you change OS
Thats why I like running linux, OS and all other software is free and mostly open source. Even for Windows there is generally an equivalent free open source program for all the big name programs. No need for MS Office, Open Office does all the same things for free. No need to spend tons of money on Adobe Photoshop when GIMP is free.
Originally Posted by Stick66
People who get destructive viruses usually learn the hard way about security software.
While I was still using Windows as my operating system I had given up on using any antivirus software at all and never was infected by a single virus for the 5-6 years Ive had this laptop. If you know what your doing and don't download and run random programs from the internet there is no reason you should ever be infected by a virus. Most of the viruses Ive removed from friends/family's computers over the last couple years have come from peer 2 peer programs or porn sites. If you have limewire or an equivalent on your computer your just asking for a virus.