Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Gaming emulation under Linux has certainly come a long way, even in just the past few years. Compatibility is getting better, new APIs are being implemented and we are now at the point where select games run just as well under Linux as they do on Windows.
Wine also has been getting better and better with age. I have been seeing the improvements constantly with regular use. Last November, I had tried for the third time to get my favorite old school MMORPG game working under Linux reliably. The only part I could get to was the login screen, so needless to say, I was nowhere. Just last week I gave the latest version of Wine a try and it ran the game perfectly, just as on Windows. Progress is evident.
That said, this article is not about Wine, but rather Cedega. TransGaming releases their 6.0 version today, and we've had the pleasure of toying around with it for the past week. I can assure you that this article will not be backed with immense knowledge of Cedega or gaming emulation, as the last version of Cedega I used was 4.x. Even at that time, I was unable to devote much time to it, so I didn't get very far.
Instead, today I will be taking a fresh look at everything Cedega has to offer. Is it better than Wine? That's the question I wanted to answer. If it uses Wine to perform the emulation, then why not just use it instead? Well, after spending some time with 6.0, I can assure you that using Wine is not always the best idea. In most cases, I could not get Cedega-supported games to function at all.
Also: Cedega 6.0 Performance Preview @ Phoronix.
And: Cedega 6.0 review @ Software in Review