Installing from the download works perfectly. Playing the game is great, as long as you disable fog in the preferences. If you enable fog, the client crashes at the first sight of it. Other than that, all aspects of playing the game work fine. All resolutions work. Patching is difficult, but it works.
What does not
Patching does not work with the automatic patcher or manual patcher. To overcome this, you need to download the 17.5.1 (or probably 17.5.2, if you have it), which you can find here. Then replace the AnarchyPatcher.exe found in your Anarchy Online folder.
Then cd to the Anarchy Online folder, then run the command: wine AnarchyPatcher.exe VERSION_ID | Where VERSION_ID is the version of anarchy you need to patch to. However, whenever you run the client, it will see that your patcher is out of date and update it, so I suggest backing up the 17.5.1 patcher up somewhere you wont forget. You must do this every time you patch.
Windowed mode also does not work. Fog does not work (disable it in the preferences menu). I believe these two are related problems.
What was not tested
Any expansion packs. Installing from CD.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 07 2021||6.0||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Jonathan Neufeld|
|Show||openSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)||Jan 28 2021||6.0||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Maik Wagner|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Sep 22 2019||4.16||Yes||No||No||Garbage||Steffen Rilk|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 02 2019||4.4-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||malic|
|Show||Fedora 29 x86_64||Jan 21 2019||4.0-rc7||Yes||Yes||No||Bronze||Chris Kuperstein|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|13685||Anarchy Online is very slow in certain areas (< 3fps or 0)||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|43169||Anarchy Online crashes when using /petition to contact an adviser of Rubi-Ka (Awesomium.dll)||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|43251||Anarchy Online Login Window Play and Settings button disapper after minimising and maximising window||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|44516||Anarchy Online doesn't start in Windows7 prefix||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|47339||Anarchy Online crashes when in game browser opens||UNCONFIRMED||View|
This step-by-step guide will help you install and run AO in Linux (including fully working patcher and launcher). Note that this guide is COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED.
Funcom support staff will NOT help you with anything related to this
guide, or any problems you might encounter with the install while
playing using this setup.
1) Download the Wine source
3) Compile and install Wine
4) Install IE6 using winetricks (this step is needed for patching and for the launcher content to render correctly):
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks sh winetricks ie6
5) Download the 18.1.1 full AO installer.
6) Run the AO installer. Accept the default install path.
7) Create a startup script (optional). Save it with whatever name you want (ao.sh, for example).
ÂÂÂÂ#!/bin/bash export WINEPREFIX=~/.wineÂ cd $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program\ Files/Funcom/Anarchy\ Online WINEDEBUG=-all ÂÂÂwine Anarchy.exeÂÂÂ chmod a+x ao.shÂ
8) Run the script (if you followed step 5).ÂÂ