Ok, before I start the guide I'm going to give you a little background about how my Linux gaming journey started.
I woke up the morning of February 24th, the day of headstart, to discover my hard drive had epically failed itself into oblivion. Forced to find a replacement, I got a new hard drive at the local BestBuy but I had one big problem: No windows Install discs came with my laptop (Thanks Dell!).
Fortunately, I had a spare Ubuntu 10.10 install disc I had made a while back for some reason.
Then began my frustratingly complicated journey of Linux gaming.
I knew about WineHQ but I knew nothing of how to use it. I searched high and low for guides on how to install DirectX 9 on Wine to no avail. Finally, after learning some command lines and getting familiar with Terminal, I found a solution at 4am last night. Here it is:
Note: This is for UBUNTU 10.10.
BEFORE YOU START: I would highly recommend you uninstall previous Wine and Rift installs. Make sure you delete your .wine folder in your Linux home folder. We want no records of past installs.
1. Go to this website: http://www.winehq.org/download/deb , follow the instructions and then "click download version 1.3."
2. Once 1.3 is installed open up your Terminal window.
Type these commands:
and then...Code:winetricks d3dx9
A log should appear in Terminal after you issue the command lines to confirm that these programs are installed.Code:winetricks vcrun2008
3. Go to the rift Headstart page and download the Rift Patcher and install like you would on Windows. Note: some of the text in the installer my not show but this is normal.
4. Update and run Rift to patch, once patched play the game, everything should be in working order. IF the installer asks you for some reason to install directx, ignore it and play anyways.
This is what worked for me, hopefully, it will work for you too.
The performance is a little slow sometimes (i get around 15-20 fps). But I won't be playing on Linux for long. I've got a Windows 7 CD on it's way