I dread, really dread asking this question as the past five and a half hours of reading endless squabbles on the internet about how LOTRO can be run on Linux? - has proved frustrating and fruitless.
I am NO programer or NASA scientist and since my Windows XP is no longer going to be supported my Microsoft after April 2014 I have decided to use Linux Ubuntu the recent version 12.04 LTS or something which supposedly has support until 2017. It has everything I need and I understood runs LOTRO via something called WINE a windows thingy for old microsoft programs.
I know I know *sigh LOTRO runs best natively on Windows but it is possible to run on Linux indirectly. So say many others. I just would like to be able to do the same like many other families on a budget.
Linux and Open source is a wonderful concept but for just a simple person who has no computer programming language knowledge (but willing to try to learn). Is there anyone just anyone who can write a simple list of instructions of how on earth to run LOTRO and who has done this recently on Linux so that others too who may want to enjoy Linux and play and spend money on LOTRO like they have done for several years on windows continue to do the same. Please.
The frustrating LINUX language of #$- symbols and things is maddeningly complex to fathom out solo with only an internet browser to help and no one to ask questions. Linux is a complete change from Windows I know but it seems like a good thing, I can see the possibilities and LOTRO ought to be able to run on it.
It's also annoying when you read smart replies like, 'You need to download that and then type this (insert hyroglyphics and numbers) add sudo???? apt-get blah blah and other peculiar Linux words' So off I go download things and then type it all in and nothing. Okay type it all in again. Nothing. Rattle the keyboard and type it all in yet again. Back to the internet page to write, did that and it didn't work. Only to be given a clever reply by someone who knows what they are doing and smugly happy about it (they're probably very pleasant!) to tell me to type something new in to see if that works. Doing this for several hours is just wearying.
SO I have wiped my Lord of the Rings online game from my computer (16Gb!!!) and installed Linux. I don't really want to find my old discs and re-install Windows XP again (goodness knows where they might be...and not really even sure how now). Installing and running Linux WAS infact very simple. And quite pretty too.
I just want life to be simple like everyone says Linux is - well on the surface yes sort of. It is until you want to do something that SHOULD be simple like install an old favourite game. In fact the only game I really enjoy. Why must I need a computer science course to load a game??? I haven't the enthusiasm for that and I have a career a world away from computers and also need to do chores and run a home! Others (most likely fashionable young things born with tablets instead of digital watches) seem to be able to do this but there is so much conflicting information on the web how to do this. Surely some kind soul in the LOTRO community who is good with computers can try doing this not just for me but anyone who wants to try linux and play LOTRO and write out the steps below to achieve this. Then at least the information will be clear and precise and here for everyone.
At the moment as I have no access now to play the game I feel like just giving up. Goodby LOTRO. Do I really want to do that? Can I? I don't know. At least the frustration I guess would end. It'll be a sad day. And Turbine will have lost someone who enjoys the game very much. So I shall never see Helm's Deep I purchased. Oh well that's 'progress' I guess. 'I must think positively!!! I must I must!'
I hope someone can usefully help everyone. Thank you.