Installation works fine. No errors or bugs. The game's launcher runs fine, too. See next section for details on what doesn't work.
What does not
The game will not update. When the launcher is running, it downloads new updates. Unfortunately, the update files will not download and therefore the game cannot be updated or played.
What was not tested
Gameplay. I was not able to get that far.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 25 2010||1.2||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Gibbs|
|Current||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 23 2010||1.1.43||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
The model glitch can be fixed with the vertex_blend_sw-1.1.44 patch (http://bugs2.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=28205).
Works with Wine 1.2 but can degrade performance in heavily populated areas (on slow machines).
Before starting you will most likely want to backup your Wine directory by renaming it.
mv ~/.wine ~/winebackup
Before installing FOM via Wine: run winetricks from a terminal and use the following command;
winetricks d3dx9 directmusic directplay wininet ie6 vcrun2008 dinput8 ddr=opengl multisampling=disabled orm=backbuffer mwo=enabled
Alternatively run winetricks and use the interface to manually select what you want - take note that everything above is recommended for FOM; d3dx9, dinput8, vcrun2008 and wininet are requirements.
Now run the FOM installer like you would any other Wine application.
When FOM has installed run it and perform a complete check. You can now either click Start to patch through the launcher or you can quit the launcher and extract the any patches from your Windows installation to ~/.wine/drive_c/"Program Files/Face of Mankind/PatchTmp/Download". If you go with the latter run the launcher again and the patches will be installed without downloading.
Until bug 6971 is fixed you can improve the gameplay by setting mouse sensitivity and mouse smoothing to their maximum level (ingame). This stops the cursor leaving the window quickly. You can also re-centre the mouse by tapping LEFT-CTRL (which toggles the menu).
Another suggestion (not tried) is to turn on virtual desktop in winecfg.