Sunday, September 20, 2009


Cedega is built off of the Wine code to allow GNU/Linux users the opportunity to run applications built for Microsoft Windows on their computer systems. While Wine strives to support any and all applications, Cedega focuses mainly on video games. Cedega works on a monthly subscription service. By paying the subscription, you are entitled to updates for the software, support for your product, and access to the forums of TransGaming, the company that produces Cedega. Since this is a commercial product, the people creating updates and monitoring Cedega’s support are actual employees of TransGaming.

Many opinions exist as to whether Cedega is better than Wine or vice versa. Most people in the community forums suggest trying Wine first since it is free. Many others suggest Cedega since it is built specifically for gaming and is easier to configure. As you may have noticed, the communities surrounding open source software can offer quite a bit of help, but often are laden with individual opinions. Take the advice of those who are wise enough to tell you to use what works best for you.

To install Cedega, you first have to subscribe to TransGaming’s web site. Open Firefox and type in the address bar. This will take you to the home page of TransGaming Technologies, where you need to click on Register Now. You will be required to provide personal information to TransGaming as well as payment information. Once you have purchased your subscription, TransGaming will send you a temporary password and your login information. After you log into the TransGaming site, select Downloads | Cedega from the top menu bar.

From the Downloads page, you need to select the correct package to install. Scroll down to the middle of the page, locate cedega-small_6.0.2_all.deb, and double-click it. The download window should now open and ask you what you would like Firefox to do with this file. Since it is a DEB package, you have the option to leave the default Open With GDebi Package Installer, or you can choose Save File, which will save the package to your desktop to open later. Let’s keep the default, choose the Open With option, and then click OK. Doing so will launch the Package Installer window. Click the Install Package button at the top of the window to start
the installation process.

To run Cedega, go to Applications | Graphics | TransGaming Cedega. Once you accept the license, you will be taken to the Cedega Setup Wizard. The first page will give you an overview of the setup process. Click Forward to begin. At the second screen of the Setup Wizard, you will need to enter your username and password. This information is what you set up when you created your account at After you have entered this information, make sure that the Check For Updates box is checked and then click Forward.

The third page of the Setup Wizard deals with the hardware your computer uses. Although this information is detected, you can click the Autodetect button to run Cedega through this process if you feel it is inaccurate. Once you are satisfied with the hardware settings, click Forward.

The fourth page of the Cedega Setup Wizard will run a series of tests to see how well Cedega will run on your computer. Clicking the Run Selected Tests button will begin the tests. It is wise to leave all of the tests selected, especially since this is the first time you are running Cedega. Once the tests are complete, click the Forward button to complete the Setup Wizard.

The last screen will inform you that the setup has been completed. You can now click the Finish button to launch Cedega.

Source of Information : McGraw Hill Osborne Media How to Do Everything Ubuntu

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