I remember those dark days when I would check winehq before buying games because I didn’t know if they would work in Linux or not.

I realized recently that I stopped checking winehq or protondb, because I implicitly assume that everything will “just work”. Hard to say when this transition happened, but it feels at least a few years old.

Looking at latest stats, the only holdouts appear to be those games that explicitly ban Linux users with some quasi-malware anti-cheat.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/06/3500-games-now-steam-deck-verified-or-playable/

What a time we live in!

@marmulak
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Not all games, of course, but it’s getting that way, yes.

@sgtnasty
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No

Vostronix
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I recognize it because the most free PvP games are working now Linux also the new upcoming ones

两块五毛
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afaik some things like modding or anticheats for online games don’t work well but i’d say in general linux compatibility is getting better

I still encounter Software that doesn’t run or doesn’t perfectly run on Wine; one example would be Warcraft III that doesn’t install well after Blizzard “upgraded” the installer; and my friend who tried to play LBA under wine a few days ago encountered problems regarding the controller. However: Most things work well, and I even managed to run a few old and obscure games with that wouldn’t work under windows (a long time ago).

On the Malware-Question: It is possible, however I have yet to meet somebody who managed to get his Wine-Install infected. Native Linux-Viruses should have a much harder time, since the user privileges in Linux are - as far as I know - much stricter than those for windows.

it’s safe to assume that malware are coming to linux.

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How vulnerable does wine make one for windows malware?

comfy
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You can look up some in-depth responses, including people showing which malware works when run through Wine. It’s a pretty common question.

A relevant question and advice from the Wine FAQ: https://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ#Is_Wine_malware-compatible.3F

The bottom line is that you’ve asked a very open, broad question. ‘Windows malware’ covers all kinds of things: do you mean a group that has made a malware for Windows users, because that’s the biggest and often easiest target? Or do you mean someone repurposing a Windows malware intentionally targeting Wine users? One will of course have more chance at success than the other.

Gamers applying any kind of procedures or installing any kind of binaries to get their quick shot of gaming.

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Well, what you said applies to anything, you are just describing a way to get your PC infected. What if we just play from the official client with the same official tools we use on a Windows OS? There are so many ways to get infected, you just need to be careful and don’t run things you don’t know who did/coded, the same you should have been doing until today.

Gamers are not careful by definition.

@blkpws
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No, there are so many streamers gamers, I didn’t hear any of them got infected or any viruses. Depends on the user, if they are careful or not.

If you make a virus, you will probably make a virus for interesting people more than for kid gamers that get infected easily.

streamers pay their games.

@blkpws
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So if you pay for a game that makes you a non-gamer? o.o

Sound like you got confused gamer by piracy.

oh come on…

i stop here.

@blkpws
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Gamers applying any kind of procedures or installing any kind of binaries to get their quick shot of gaming.

So you think Linux gamers, that managed to install their Linux OS/Desktop/Environment/Proton/Steam/ETC that manages to run games on wine, will go for a quick shot and run any kind of binary?..

Those quick shot users are on Windows basically, not on Linux. But yeah, maybe one in one million will run a random binary found on the internet promising to be a game patch.

两块五毛
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afaik some things like modding or anticheats for online games don’t work well but i’d say in general linux compatibility is getting better

Gaming on the GNU/Linux operating system.

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