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Using special runtimes to use older Wine versions prior to Wine 2.22 under most modern Linux distros.

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DrM1173 Saturday 25 July 2020 at 17:53

When using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS/Linux Mint 19.x or any another modern Linux distro, you cannot use the older Wine versions prior to Wine 2.22 due to the problem: "Wine cannot find the FreeType font library. To enable Wine to use TrueType fonts please install a version of FreeType greater than or equal to 2.0.5." But these older Wine versions are often necessary for running older Windows games/apps, because older Windows games/apps often cause problems when running with newer Wine versions. Lutris has overcome this problem by using special 32-bit runtimes which enables using older Wine versions under Ubuntu 18.04/Linux Mint 19.xx, see "What is the Lutris runtime?" at

Is it possible that PlayOnLinux can also use these compatibility runtimes? It would be great that PlayOnLinux combines the advanced features of Lutris and good compatibility with older games, combined with the ease of PlayOnLinux.

Quentin PÂRIS Saturday 25 July 2020 at 18:13
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous


In Phoenicis, we have indeed experimented the use of runtimes. Phoenicis-winebuild is able to  build runtimes

They are available for download, but not compatible with POLv4. I think it would be rather easy to make POLv4 compatible though

DrM1173 Saturday 25 July 2020 at 19:47

For those who have installed Lutris, it would be a good thing to set in PlayOnLinux for every single virtual station certain environment variables which command PlayOnLinux to use these runtimes provided by Lutris, in stead of using system-wide libraries. These runtimes are located at ~/.local/share/lutris/runtime. In Lutris you can set for every single runner, called virtual station in PlayOnLinux, whether it uses these Lutris runtime, or the system-wide libaries.

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