Well, it runs. And there would probably be sound if I bothered to tweak Timidity.
What does not
After installation, Guitar Pro 5.2 spits out an access violation error message in French about gdiplus.dll and freezes. GP5 comes with its own gdiplus.dll, though, so if I remove it and the application starts with Wine's own gdiplus, it renders stuff incorrectly - symbols are displaced and there is no font smoothing. The freeze after playback issue is still there.
What was not tested
The app is mostly unusable.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 19.2 Tina||Nov 22 2019||4.20||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Vladimir|
|Show||macOS Mojave 10.14||Oct 12 2019||4.0.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Francisco Parchin|
|Show||Fedora 22 x86_64||Apr 16 2016||1.9.7||N/A||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 20 x86_64||Jan 04 2014||1.7.9||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 31 2011||1.3.25||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Konstanty Åšcianecki|
2013-05-03 Admin note: The instructions below are very old and may not be applicable to current Wine. In particular, wineprefixcreate has been deprecated for several years. The instructions are being left here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them.
First : I suggest you to create a wineprefix :
wineprefixcreate --prefix "$HOME/.wine_gp/"
Then configure :
env WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine_gp" winecfg
I use this as winecfg :
-No shader, no virtual desktop, only "allow WM to control my window"
-OSS Sound (16Bit standard with "emulate pilote)
You'll have to launch a MIDI sequencer (I use Timidity but you should be able to use qsynth/fluidsynth):
Here's the script I use :
#!/bin/bash timidity -iA -B2,4 -Os -EFreverb=0&
cd $HOME/.wine_gp/drive_c/Program\ Files/Guitar\ Pro\ 5/ $1 env WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine_gp" wine GP5.exe sleep 1 killall timidity
Now, launch Guitar-Pro and open Options>MIDI. You should see "Timidity Port 0". Use it.
You'll notice that the sound is not perfect, sometimes it get slowed, especially when there are lots of instruments playing...
Anyway, you can use the Java-based TUXGUITAR, which is 100% free and open-source. It works perfectly on Linux, and partially supports Guitar Pro's file format. Or, if you're looking for something more sophisticated, Rosegarden is an excellent KDE-based music sequencer and notation editor. Although sometimes a bit hard to get working, it's quite featureful.
I suggest you configured "My documents" "Desktop" to your tab folders...