[Wine] Question about running SecuROM under WINE

Austin English austinenglish at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 01:12:53 CST 2008

On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 1:05 AM, Elliander <wineforum-user at winehq.org> wrote:
> I am new to WINE, and Unix-based systems in General. I have up until recently been using Windows XP Home, but after installing Spore, SecuROM was also installed onto Ring 0 of the Kernel and has pretty much fried my computer. Apparently, because of where it installed itself, it interfered with other programs and now I can't get anything to work right.
> So I switched to Ubuntu 8.10 for 64-bit desktops, fully updated. And I must say I am liking it more than windows.
> From what I understand, Ubuntu doesn't have a Registry, But WINE makes a kind of Registry to run windows programs, right?


> So here is my concern. If I install a windows program that happens to include SecuROM, where will SecuROM go? Will I get the same kind of system instability in Ubuntu as I did in windows?

It will install in your WINEPREFIX (by default ~/.wine). Unless you
run as root, it shouldn't interfere with anything else. To be safe,
you might run Spore in its own prefix so that it doesn't hurt other

> I read the FAQ, and the list of WINE Apps, but I couldn't find any information about it beyond that it appears to run Spore and SecuROM.
> After my last experience with SecuROM on windows (and current lawsuit with EA) I want to make sure and understand what difference exist, if any, in the way SecuROM will be allowed to run.
> For example, in windows, SecuROM has higher rights than me. Will SecuROM take administrative control in Ubuntu too?

Not unless you run as root.


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