How We Tested

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-07-28 Print this article Print

We tested Cedega on there different distributions: Fedora Core 2, Suse 9.1 and Xandros OC (the free, downloadable version of Xandros 2.0). The purpose was to see if any one of these distributions fared much better than another to get games up and running. We tried a pretty wide variety of games on the three systems, but from the outset, we decided that we werent going to expend any heroic efforts to get a game up and running. If we hit into trouble, we spent a few minutes trying to troubleshoot, but if after about fifteen minutes we couldnt make a game work, we punted and moved on to the next game.
Fedora Core 2 Suse 9.1 Xandros OC
CPU AMD Athlon XP 1900 Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Pentium 4
System RAM 512MB 512MB PC3200 DDR 512MB
3D Card GeForce FX 5700 Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra GeForce FX 5700 Ultra and ATI Radeon 9800 XT
Sound Card Sound Blaster Live Sound Blaster Live Sound Blaster Live
We tried a combination of games that are both supported and unsupported officially by Cedega and we found that only a select few games would just come up and run without a hitch. For each of the distributions, weve noted what happened when we tried to install and play each of our test games.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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