Wine 1.4 Released 2 comments

Wine 1.4 has been released today and includes support for a wide range of applications, including Microsoft Office 2010.  This release represents 20 months of development effort and over 16,000 individual changes. The main highlights are the new DIB graphics engine, a redesigned audio stack, and full support for bidirectional text and character shaping. There are some major architectural changes and a new audio stack designed around the newer Vista / Win 7 system and integrated into the native audio system. Almost every other subsystem received substantial updates, including Direct3D, the Gecko-based web browsing components, and better internationalization.


Open the terminal and type the following ppa for installation –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.3

and exit.

What’s New

  • Added support for Microsoft Office 2010.
  • There is a new graphics engine for rendering into Device Independent Bitmaps (DIB). DIB rendering no longer requires access faults or round-trips to the X server, which yields large performance gains in DIB-intensive applications.
  • The audio stack is completely redesigned, based on the Vista model. WinMM and DirectSound are implemented on top of the new MMDevAPI library.
  • Bidirectional text rendering is fully supported.
  • The new Vista style of file dialogs is supported.
  • System tray notification balloons are implemented.
  • Icons are displayed for the Unix desktop “Open with…” menu entries.
  • WineD3D supports multisample anti-aliasing. – D3D8 and D3D9 properly support v-sync / swap intervals.
  • The WineD3D blitter code is improved both for correctness and performance.
  • The WineD3D graphics card database has been updated to recognize new graphics cards and Mesa drivers.
  • OpenGL is used by default for DirectDraw as well, just like D3D8 and D3D9.
  • DOSBox is used to run DOS applications on platforms that don’t support vm86 mode.
  • Wine compiles on ARM platforms.
  • XML support is improved, including support for schemas, namespaces, MSXML version 6, and an XML file writer. This is particularly useful for the new Microsoft Office XML-based document formats.

For more details, see Release Notes.

Njoy Wine !

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  • Gregory Hamnett Fry

    Hi all, I’m new to all this wonder if you can help?  Not long installed wine1.4 then spotify app problem starts as soon as I log on, it appears for a brief moment then all I’m left with is a black screen!!! Anyone Please!

  • hello, can you help me, i cant install office 20102 on my ubuntu 12.04 with wine 1.4
    that say, there’s some error on it, anyone can help me?