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
- 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 !