Linux News Today: Wine 1.9.13 Introduces New Gecko Engine Based on Firefox 47, Unicode 9.0 Support
Today, June 24, 2016, the Wine development team has announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Wine 1.9.13 snapshot towards Wine 2.0.
Wine 1.9.13 arrives today, two weeks after the debut of the Wine 1.9.12 development version to bring a new version of the Gecko engine based on the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser, more Shader Model 5 support in Direct3D, brand new Unicode 9.0.0 support, as well as more improvements to the Joystick support for Mac OS X systems.
Additionally, Wine 1.9.13 ships with several enhancements to GDI metafiles and paths. It also looks like the Wine developers have managed to add more features to the Direct3D command stream. Of course, most of the bugs reported by users since the Wine 1.9.12 release have been addressed, which means that more Windows apps and games are supported.
Windows games and apps that have received improvements in Wine 1.9.13
According to the changelog, a total of 34 bugs have been fixed in Wine 1.9.13, bringing better support for Windows games apps like K-Meleon 1.5.2, IBExpert SQL Editor, GUIMiner, StartWrite 6.0, Microsoft Expression Web 4, GOG Galaxy, AMD TressFX11 Demo, and WeatherSmart 1.8. Also, it looks like there are more improvements to the Python 3.5.1 interpreter.
As for the Windows games that have received improvements in Wine 1.9.13, we can mention LEGO Rock Raiders, 64-bit Mortal Kombat X, Heroes of Might and Magic 2, Saints Row 2 (Steam), RC Cars, Blackguards Demo (non-Steam), Elder Scrolls Onlin, Subterrain, Motocross Madness, Emergency 3, and Necrovision Demo. And it looks like the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 graphics card is now correctly recognized.
Wine 1.9.13 is available for download right now via our website as a source package for distribution mantainers and advanced users who know how to compile and optimize a program. The rest of the world should monitor the main software repositories of their GNU/Linux distributions for the Wine 1.9.13 update, which should arrive in the coming days.