Installation, patching, applying No-CD crack (needed to bypass the CD-check wich won't work for me), the game itself. It actually runs quite fine, speed is good even at 1024x768, sounds.
What does not
The menu texts are black which makes them kind of hard to read. Also keyboard shortcuts didn't work for me.
What was not tested
Multiplayer, Campaign, Editor.
If the game refuses to start because of no DirectDraw just open your favorite terminal, change dir to where your AoE is installed and run it using "wine EMPIRES.EXE" (note: "wine /home/xxx/.wine .. blah .../EMPIRES.EXE" seems not to be working). It solved the error on my system.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 25 2019||4.0.1||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Jaroslav Smutek|
|Show||Elementary OS 5.0 Juno||Mar 10 2019||3.0.5||Yes||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Lewis Clement|
|Show||Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 20 2018||3.0||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||beer_not_wine|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 15 2018||3.0||Yes||Yes||No||Bronze||beer_not_wine|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 14 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|