The Version sold through Origin.
SimCity is updated automatically, so it makes no sense to maintain separate versions.
What does not
What was not tested
Clean wineprefix, no DLL overrides or other winetricks stuff. Wine-gecko (deb package) installed. Wine-mono NOT installed. Wine set to WinXP. Origin 126.96.36.1991 Installation steps: 1.) Installed Origin: $ wine-development OriginSetup.exe 2.) Quit Origin and patched Origin's Qt5Network.dll to buffer the QTcpSocket again (otherwise the download of SimCity failed): $ cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Origin/ $ printf '\x01' | dd of=Qt5Network.dll bs=1 seek=551777 count=1 conv=notrunc 3.) Started Origin, downloaded & installed SimCity: $ wine-development Origin.exe 4.) Forced the installation to finish: $ killall EAProxyInstaller.exe 5.) Disabled Origin in Game. Otherwise SimCity.exe crashed shortly after clicking Play in Origin. System: Samsung Series 9, 900X4C-A07 Ultrabook (Intel Core i7-3517U, 1,9 GHz, 8GB RAM, Intel HD 4000 (3rd generation, i915) External HDMI monitor 1920x1280 linux-image-3.16-3-amd64 3.16.5-1 xserver-xorg-core 2:1.16.1-1 xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.21.15-2+b2 libdrm-intel1 2.4.58-2 libgl1-mesa-dri 10.3.2-1 Enabled SNA in X.org server, due to Intel libgl1-mesa-dri bug (see https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=37475)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 30 2020||5.5-staging||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Miko?aj|
|Show||Unknown||Sep 23 2018||3.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||User|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 02 2018||3.0.2||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Akati|
|Show||Fedora 28 x86_64||Jul 01 2018||3.11-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Desperalaw|
|Show||Fedora 26 x86_64||Jul 30 2017||2.13-staging||Yes||Yes||Gold||Desperalaw|
Download and install Origin:
... and follow the graphical Origin installer process.
Do not login, yet.
Just click away the login window.
Only for wine version 1.7.34 or older: Patch Origin's Qt5Network.dll to buffer the QTcpSocket againThis is needed for a smooth download. Otherwise the download rate will drop to zero within a few seconds, or even hang on "Preparing ...". See bug #31438, which was fixed in wine 1.7.35.
Above commands download the python patch script to your home directory, make it executable and then execute it in the correct folder. In case the lines are wrapped on your display: the lines start with "cd", "wget", "chmod", "cd" and the last line with "~/patch_qt5network_wine.py".
This script is quite flexible in finding the correct byte to patch, even if Origin comes with a new version of the dll. If it fails anyway check the bug report for news.
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Origin
... and download & install SimCity in there.
Force the installation to finish:
If the SimCity installer gets stuck after downloading on "Installing..." for more than 5 minutes do a
Disable Origin in Game:
Otherwise SimCity.exe will crash shortly after starting it.
In the Origin window go to "Origin - Application Settings - Origin In Game" and untick "Enable Origin In Game".
(In the past it was recommended to remove IGO32.dll instead. But this doesn't work anymore.)
Start SimCity in Origin:
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Origin
In Origin hover over SimCity and click "Play".
If SimCity freezes in fullscreen and you can't get back to your desktop hit "Control" + "Alt" + "F1", this will bring you to a text terminal. There login and type:
| killall SimCity.exe
If you started the game, can hear the sounds of the intro, but the actual SimCity game is not visible, then try to bring it to the foreground by cycling through your windows with "Alt" + "Tab" several times. If this doesn't work, quit everything, start winecfg, choose the "Graphics" rider and select "Emulate a virtual desktop" (choose a resolution just a littlebit smaller than your display's resolution). Then start SimCity again.
If you get an error message in the login prompt of Origin that the EA servers are currently not available, enable the insecure GTE CyberTrust Global Root certificate. (See bug #35828). Note that this certificate is not secure because its key length is only 1024 bits. Check in /etc/ca-certificates.conf which certificates are installed.
Check your distribution's help to learn how to enable this cerificate. E.g. in Debian do a
|sudo dpkg-reconfigure ca-certificates
Origin is not aware of what is happening in SimCity.
After quitting SimCity it will complain that it is still running. Further the "Last Played" is not updated. Just ignore it. Or use a patched version of wine, see bug #33723.