Linux News Today: Wine 1.9.17 Improves Joystick Support, Gun Metal and Multiple DirectX9 Games
Today, August 19, 2016, the Wine development team announced the release of Wine 1.9.17, a new milestone towards the next major stable branch of the open-source software that lets Linux users run Windows apps and games, Wine 2.0.
The biggest new features implemented in Wine 1.9.17 since the previous development snapshot, Wine 1.9.16, are better exception handling on 64-bit platforms, more improvements to the built-in joystick support, additional stream support in the C++ runtime, font embedding improvements, and metafile support in GDI+.
There’s no new Wine development release without the usual bugfixes, and, according to the changelog, Wine 1.9.17 fixes a total of 53 issues reported by users since Wine 1.9.16. Among these there are improvements for various Windows games and applications that we’ve listed in the next paragraphs.
CAPCOM games improvements, better DirectX9 support
Among the Windows games that received improvements in Wine 1.9.17, we can mention Scrapland, Gun Metal, Perfect Cherry Blossom, Geneforge 1, Shadow Vault, Fury 3, Don’t Starve 2.4.0, Lucius, X Rebirth, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Alan Wake, Alan Wake American Nightmare, Shadow Warrior 2013, and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge.
There’s also improvements for many CAPCOM games that use gamepads, as well as for the King Arthur II Demo, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Dead by Daylight, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, Adventure Lamp, Worms 2 (GOG version), Worms 2, Spellforce 2: Demons of the Past, 8-bit Armies, and Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer games.
As for the Windows apps that should work much better with Wine 1.9.17, we can mention Microsoft Chat, VisualFEA, Total Commander, VirtualDJ Home Free, PlotSoft PDFill 10, Hauppauge Capture, Buhl Tax2016, E-Sword Search, and CPU-Z. Wine 1.9.17 is now available for download via our website and will soon land in the main repositories of various GNU/Linux distributions.