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winepak [Official Site] is another interesting Wine-related project. One that aims to package up an assortment of Windows-only games that work in Wine using the power of Flatpak packages.

I'm not going to get into the politics of Snap vs Flatpak, mostly because I don't care for the arguments surrounding it and end-users shouldn't care as long as they work and work well.

Much like today's previous post about Track Mania Nations Forever having an easy to use Snap package, winepak seems to aim a bit higher and offer a repository of games. The advantage of using such packages (Snaps or Flatpaks), is that it should come with everything you need to get the Windows game running on Linux, without having to mess around with configurations. It's a new project though, so there's likely a fair amount of kinks to work out.

Their listed goals are simple:

  • Package wine applications via flatpak
  • Make installing and running applications Just Work

Currently it seems to offer: League of Legends, Path of Exile, Blizzard's BattleNet client along with, Overwatch, Starcraft II and World of Warcraft, World of Tanks and more. The full list can be found on GitHub here, although some don't work like Fortnite. Obviously, it does depend on Wine and what Wine build they include with each game.

Testing it myself, it seems that both League of Legends and World of Tanks had no issues with their launchers downloading, logging in and updating using this Flatpak method.

For those wondering how legal this is, well, it doesn't have to include any of the installers itself. It will just download them for you, so it's not actually redistributing stuff it's not supposed to.

Curiously, it seems the mind behind winepak, Julian Richen, is the same developer who we chucked some bucks some time ago to help re-design our website (which turned into our current theme). Always nice to see more from someone you've worked with before.

Will be fun to see how far this project goes, as I said it's early days yet. If projects like this can help bridge the gap, for people moving over to Linux so they don't lose access to some of their favourite games and have an easy way to play them—I'm all for it. It can help ease the transition until they become fully fledged Linux gamers. A lot of potential here.

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Whitewolfe80 13 June 2018 at 3:56 pm UTC
Krogan86That's look really cool to not have to tinker with wine anymore.
Whitewolfe80There are three titles that work so far saw this on OMG ubuntu yesterday and mentioned it in the wine post but the games are overwatch fortnite and wow

Wait Fortnite is working on Linux ? I really want to play this one, i looked at winehq and its rated as "garbage".

However there is a lutris script works the only warning is that only save the world mode works
Ehvis 13 June 2018 at 3:59 pm UTC
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Krogan86Wait Fortnite is working on Linux ? I really want to play this one, i looked at winehq and its rated as "garbage".

Fortnite PvE used to work way back. Fortnite Battle Royal has (as far as I know) never worked due to BattlEye. And last time I checked, the Epic launcher stopped working, so I couldn't even check whether the non-BattlEye version for PvE was still a thing. Something may have changed, but I still doubt that it works.
Comandante Ñoñardo 13 June 2018 at 4:30 pm UTC
I have Bioshock DRMFREE from Humble, How to WINepak it?
PlutonMaster 13 June 2018 at 4:31 pm UTC
Would be nice if this has a graphical installer or it's added in Lutris.
Shmerl 13 June 2018 at 4:36 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoI have Bioshock DRMFREE from Humble, How to WINepak it?

Well, that's the point. If it's not already winepaked, why do you need to winepak it? Just install it in regular fresh Wine prefix, it will take less time for you.


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Kohrias 13 June 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
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Very nice! This could really make the life of less tech savvy users a lot easier.
shigutso 13 June 2018 at 5:23 pm UTC
TheSHEEEPThat's a good idea, but my hope is that such functionality should be made official and implemented within Wine itself.
After all, Wine's biggest problem is that is simply doesn't "just work". There's always some fiddling around required.
Not quite... all software from this page Just Works (tm):
https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&sTitle=Browse+Applications&iappVersion-ratingOp0=5&sappVersion-ratingData0=Platinum&sOrderBy=appName&bAscending=true
TimeFreeze 13 June 2018 at 5:24 pm UTC
Not bad. But i still prefer Lutris. Its mostly the Same has Installer everything just works and i can import my Steam Libary too for simple One Click install if there is a installer aviable.
evergreen 13 June 2018 at 5:35 pm UTC
simply genial solution! love it!!
buenaventura 13 June 2018 at 7:17 pm UTC
I love this, will definately try it out! Wow! wine is a hassle for impatient people like me.
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