mkienenb, don't you consider moving to SE? I believe that it is more robust, with a lot of bugfixes. Compatibility with the latest mod versions is another its advantage.
I'm considering it, but I'm not willing to pay full price for it since SE linux compatibility is supposed to be worse for SE than for oldrim. So if I can't get oldrim (which I own) working well, I'm not excited about spending a lot of money to get something else that probably will work worse. I have put SE on my watch list, though.
I just tried reinstalling everything after making a backup of common/Skyrim, but the uninstaller didn't ask me to keep my saved games, and SURPRISE!, the saved games weren't in my backups; And the reinstall didn't fix the issue.
My saves are located in ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/489830/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/My Documents/My Games/Skyrim Special Edition/Saves, and yours?
Yes, my saves would have been in a similar location, but the saves were deleted due to the following Steam/proton bug. It's frustrating that it's a known issue but there's no warning where a user might see it.
It might be important to note that uninstalling a game launched via
proton that uses personal folders like My Documents to store saves
leads to those saves getting wiped as the prefix is deleted
completely. This might be an unexpected behavior for some people as
saves are usually preserved when a game is uninstalled in steam.
I now have my saves directory symbolically linked to a different location so I won't lose them this time.
As an update, I did finally get oldrim installed and working with SkyUI again last night. I had to reinstall it and SKSE several dozen times -- hours wasted.
I hit all kinds of odd issues, such as the WASD movement keys not working with SkyUI installed until after you get past the starting tutorial sections.
I also finally determined that part of my dual-wielding mouse button issues are that when both left and right buttons on my Logitech Trackball are clicked, they are converted into a single middle button click, either by the trackball itself, (which would be unlikely) or by the evdev kernel driver. The driver does have random settings for this, but I've yet to find one that works. I did find another mouse that doesn't emulate a middle button.
xorg.conf.d Option "Emulate3Buttons" xinput property "Middle Button Emulation" xinput property "Evdev Middle Button Emulation" xinput property "libinput Middle Button Emulation" xinput property "libinput Middle Emulation" xinput property "libinput Middle Emulation Enabled"