If you're like me, you play WoW in both Linux/wine and in Windows. Why? Because, like it or not, Windows does a better job of updating, and various addon managers just plain work in Windows, and not in Linux. Also, my son plays WoW in Linux. For those keeping track, in a 'normal' setup, that is 3 WoW installs of over 18GB each. While you can 'consolidate' a 'universal' WoW install in Linux to just one for everybody, that would leave at least a total of 2 installs, one in Linux, one in Windows. Since most Windows installs use the NTFS Filesystem, 'linking' your WoW/wine install to that leads to errors and VERY slow gameplay. What to do?
Have an 'extra' FAT32 Partition that both Windows and Linux can see and use. In my case, I just added a 100GB one in an extended partition. In Windows, that would be the end of it. But in Linux, you must have the correct options in /etc/fstab for the partition to be writable by all users.
My example fstab entry for my fat32 partition is like this:
Note the part in blue. That is the options that allow all users to read/write to the partition for Fat32. It mounts my partition to /Data32.
UUID=971F-167F /Data32 vfat user,rw,umask=111,dmask=000 0 0
Install the latest wine by typing (in a terminal)
After install, type (in terminal)
sudo apt-get install wine1.4
Wincfg sets up your 'basic' wine install, with the 'generic' dlls, registry, etc. At this time, you should set your default install as 'Windows XP' (that helps as far as sound in WoW goes), and then go to your 'Drives' tab.
In the Drives section, you have a bunch of drives in there. Personally, I do NOT want Windows programs (and possibly virus's) to have access to ANY part of my Linux install, so I delete all but the 'C:\' drive. After that, I create a "D:\" drive that points to my Fat32 partition. That comes in handy later.
If you have a Intel Chipset/Graphics, good luck. Search this forum on how to get those working. For ATi/AMD and Nvidia, make sure your "Additional Drivers" are installed for your graphics.
Install WoW as you normally would in Windows, except have it install to your Fat32 Partition (in my case, drive 'D:').
After it finishes in Windows, try it out, make sure it works.
That's it for initial setup.
Next part: Linking Linux/WoW/wine to your Windows WoW install