Installing the game. I think it installed properly, there were no errors shown. However the game never starts properly. I followed the unofficial guide here:
What does not
Starting the game. The window starts to open, then it does a minidump almost immediately.
What was not tested
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 23 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Linux Mint 11 "Katya"||Nov 08 2011||1.3.30||Yes||Yes||Gold||an anonymous user|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Jan 13 2011||1.3.10||Yes||Yes||Silver||Caleb Totten|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 04 2010||1.2||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 10 2010||1.2||N/A||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|11640||Unable to use multiplayer in Sins of a Solar Empire: unknown address family||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14477||Installer of sins of solar empire is not copying any files at all||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|14557||Sins of a solar empire straddles both monitors in xinerama mode||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|16456||Games crash with GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|16504||Multiplayer in Sins of a Solar Empire not working||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|17015||Sins of a Solar Empire: In-game fonts appear too large||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|18932||Installshield installer text not being bolded (appinstall)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|21384||Sins of a Solar Empire crash on exit||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|21859||Sins of a Solar Empire: Main menu does not respond to mouse clicks||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|29142||Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity causes GLXBadDrawable||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|29149||Sins of a Solar Empire: first letter of the game name is cut off in the installer||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|29479||Sins of a Solar Empire: can't change screen resolution||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
There's a quite detailed howto on installing the game on stardocks own forum, check there for the most up to date information:
1. In the game's directory inside the "Font" folder are 3 .ttf files, you
have to copy to your local font folder (if you use gnome you can open
with gnome-font-viewer and click on install). and in a terminal run:
fc-cache -fr ~/.fonts
2. Using a terminal enter the game's Font directory and run:
sed 's/SinsAgencyBold/AgencyFB-Bold/g' -i.bak *.font
Thanks to Marcos
Download fixed fonts from here www.honorguardonline.com/sins/sinsfontfix.tar.gz unpack and copy to Font sub-directory in Sins of a Solar Empire folder.
This fix is from the "Unofficial guide to SoaSE under Wine" http://forums.stardock.com/?aid=171844 .
None of this is perfect, particularly the fix 2 which just edits the fonts to be smaller. It is possible that some text will still overlap.
For more detailed explanation of the problem see: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=17015
When using NVIDIA proprietary drivers, game resolution cannot be changed in game. You need to change it manually in user.setting file located in ".wine/drive_c/users/username/Local Settings/Application Data/Ironclad Games/Sins of a Solar Empire/Setting/".
Resolution can be changed just fine with mesa drivers. I haven't tested fglrx.