Linux News Today: Wine 1.7.51 Adds XAudio2 Implementation via OpenAL Soft, Sonic Generations Bugfixes
Just a few minutes ago, September 4, Alexandre Julliard, maintainer of the Wine project, had the pleasure of announcing the release of a new milestone towards Wine 1.8, version 1.7.51, which brings new features and adds better support for many Windows apps and games.
Prominent features of the Wine 1.7.51 release include support for the new Universal C Runtime DLL, an XAudio2 implementation via OpenAL Soft, support for drop-down menus in the standard Open Dialog, the addition of a grayscale rendering mode in the DirectWrite implementation.
According to the changelog, Wine 1.7.51 addresses a total of 37 issues with Windows apps and games that had been reported by users since the release of Wine 1.7.50. Among the Windows applications that received improvements, we can mention CNET Download App, 4th Dimension 6.5.4, Heredis 9, Project64, LTSpice, Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, PunkBuster, IVONA Voices, FlipViewer, Notepad, and TP Link CPL.
“The Wine development release 1.7.51 is now available. Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. You will find documentation on http://www.winehq.org/documentation. You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check http://www.winehq.org/git for details,” says Alexandre Julliard.
Numerous Windows games now work better with Wine
Wine 1.7.51 also brings improvements to numerous Windows games, among which we can mention SimCity2000, Diablo 2, Sonic Generations, Afterburner 3D, Tales of Pirates II, Bioshock Infinite, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, GRID, DARK (2013), El Matador, Exodus from the Earth, Stranded II, SpaceRace, O2Jam, Guild Wars, and Guild Wars 2.
You can download Wine 1.7.51 for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems right now from Softpedia or directly from the project’s website, whichever suits you best, but please try to keep in mind that it is a pre-release software, not suitable for production use.