What does not
What was not tested
Because the game client could not start without crashing, no test of gameplay was possible.
The installer and client loader work better than they did before, but unfortunately as soon as one logs in to the game, it crashes. This is with an nvidia 9600 GT card. Nvidia cards have known issues in VU10.0, so there is hope things will work themselves out. Note: The corefonts package will be needed in order to read the text in the login prompts and the response. (sh winetricks corefonts) It's too bad...
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 29 2010||1.2-rc2||N/A||No||Garbage||Doer|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny"||Jan 22 2010||1.1.35||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Axel Norstedt|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 16 2009||1.1.33||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Zenolijo Doji|
|Current||Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 18 2009||1.1.27||Yes||No||Garbage||Doer|
For any brave souls who want to try it, there has been a success at logging in reported using a new installation of wine 1.0.1 and the directX 10 library, even on a system with an (older) nvidia card. The good news is obviously that getting into the game is possible under the right circumstances. The bad news is that it seems to require a set of conditions not yet fully understood. This is the process:
$> winetricks wmp9
$> winetricks vcrun2005sp1
$> wine /location/of/DirectX\ 10.exe
(The DX10 on WinXP library linked above)
$> wine /location/of/vcredist_x86.exe
(This security patch for 2005 SP1 VCRUN library.)
$> wine /location/of/entropia_universe_setup.exe
As for newer versions of Wine, this is the only one way to get EU to the point that the client will run. It still always freezes or crashes on login.
sudo apt-get install wine
(Allow it to try to install the VC runtime files; it then fails trying to install DirectX and exits)
sh winetricks directx9
(Even though winetricks recommends it instead of directx9, d3dx9 does NOT work for me: it causes a problem with the VC runtimes)
(Again allow it to install the VC runtime; it should finish the installation--note that if you have to try this whole process again, installing on top of the previous EU installation is very fast and simply resets it back to VU10.0.)
sh winetricks wmp9
(Try to log in, loader patches to latest version. Try to log in again and the client comes up with the login prompt. Sound seems to work, too, but in the process of logging in, it dies)
For some reason, EU is extremely susceptible to corruption of the VCRUN settings, meaning if you deviate from this order, you will probably get an error when you try to run the client loader. I suspect this is due to EU requiring the version of VCRUN2005SP1 with the security update. If anyone has greater success than a login screen, please report.