Btw., I'm positively surprised that this topic is going on for three pages without having become a major flame war already. Hope it stays this way.
The GOG community is excellent. You guys are a great bunch. I really enjoy reading and communicating on these forums. I also appreciate very much that there is no moderation or censorship here. It's just one more thing GOG does right.
Back to the topic at hand, a wiki that could be updated and kept current would be awesome.
In other news, all the flavors of Quake III Arena I tried all failed in the server browser but this is NOT a Linux issue, it's just a Q3A issue. I'm wondering if after these many years that server is down or what. I had good luck running first Q3A in Wine but no joy in listing servers, then I tried the old ID binary but realized it was so out of date that it tries to directly access a sound device not even available by default in Linux Mint (/dev/dsp) so I then learned about ioquake3 and tried that which worked well but again no servers listed in the browser. To verify this was a Q3A issue, I ran it in Windows and sure enough, same problem. So while it isn't quite the same, I tried Quake Live in Firefox just for the hell of it and was happily surprised to find it installed and ran perfectly. The performance was excellent even on the laptop PC which I found with some testing is a little gimp to be running shooters with. Quake Live is pretty cool. It does take some things away but it also adds some nice things to the Q3A experience. So I can live with that. Just the same, if there is an external server browser that works well in Linux I'd try it. Anyone know of one?
So in one day of fooling around, I learned a lot and had fun tinkering with games on Linux. I got Warzone2100 and Wesnoth (native games) setup but haven't tried them out yet. I installed Wine and used Wintricks to get Steam working perfectly after some trial and error. I tested the Source engine on that older PC using Half-Life 2: Lost Coast which runs a video stress test and reports average FPS at the end of it. The HP laptop failed that miserably. It's a 2007 machine but a gimp one for gaming. I thought a dual core would do better but it's the low end Nvidia on board graphics that bring it down I think. It did run perfectly in Wine, just very slowly which I blame that PC for, not Linux or Wine.
I was most pleased at how well DOSBox worked! It was easy enough to install my GOG HoMM1 using Wine and then set it up to run with Linux DOSBox. That took a little tinkering too related to screen resolution and sound but those were relatively simple changes that would apply going forward to any DOSBox game run on that system. The game ran just beautifully! So I expect my Ultimas and other MS-DOS games should run well too.
It is funny how I started out bitching about not wanting to tinker and screw around with this and ultimately spending and entire day of doing it and having fun at it. For some reason I get off on making DOS and Windows games work in Linux, as if I am somehow getting away with something if that makes any sense.
One last thing and I'll shut up (for now). I found I like Firefox. I haven't used it in many years.