Following these steps
The installer provided in the post works just fine. It simplifies the installation.
The game works and performs just fine, with some very minor graphical glitches. *turning off particle effects gets rid of the glitches*
What does not
Character textures on login. It just shows a white shadow rather than the character.
What was not tested
The beta server AKA the dev test server.
I would give it a platinum if not for the graphical glitches. But then these issues are occasionally present in windows. The performance is better than Windows with SLI and no Saitek keyboard bug (which I happen to have) 8800s work just like any other nVidia card here. On windows there are a number of issues with them including crashes as a result of the game and the drivers. All in all with a little more work this game could run better and less buggy than on windows. In fact it already is on alot of levels.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||May 14 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Digital|
|Show||Arch Linux||Aug 08 2009||1.1.27||Yes||Yes||Gold||Tomek Åazarowicz|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 09 2008||0.9.61.||Yes||No||Garbage||Jon|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 13 2008||0.9.54.||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Current||Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 10 2007||0.9.40.||Yes||Yes||Gold||Paradexes|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|8762||PlanetSide often crashes||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|10888||Planetside displays some textures as pure white||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|10889||Planetside ground textures flicker between high detail and low detail||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|11602||Planetside preformance issues at high population / complex scenes.||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|13075||Planetside crashes Character selection screen||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
On Gentoo systems, PlanetSide will not work out of the box due to a missing Mesa library (note: if you are using proprietary AMD or NVIDIA graphics drivers, you probably won't need to worry about this) . Here are the steps and triage I used to debug the issues I was having.
Upon start, the PlanetSide window would launch, sound would be heard, but nothing would get drawn. The console was being spammed with messages similar to:
This search led me to this bug which says that libtxc_dxtn.so is required for PlanetSide to load textures. To verify that this was in fact the missing library, I ran:
MESA_DEBUG=1 wine LaunchPad.exe and looked for the error:
Mesa warning: couldn't open libtxc_dxtn.so, software DXTn compression/decompression unavailable. This appeared and I resolved the problem by running
emerge -va media-libs/libtxc_dxtn (for Debian/Ubuntu run
apt-get install libtxc-dxtn-s2tc). I hope this resolves most people's problems with this specific issue.