I want to use wine without Gecko, as I only want to run simple applications, no HTML stuff at all. Is there a way to skip the gecko check when configuring a (new) Wineprefix?
You can override
mshtml to prevent wine from installing gecko.
WINEDLLOVERRIDES=mshtml=d wine somewineapp
To prevent both mono and gecko:
WINEDLLOVERRIDES=mscoree=d;mshtml=d wine somewineapp
And to keep all other possibly existing
WINEDLLOVERRIDES=mscoree=d;mshtml=d;$WINEDLLOVERRIDES wine somewineapp