Linux News Today: Wine 1.9.2 Lands with GStreamer 1.0 and Shader Model 4 Support
Wine (Wine is not an emulator) 1.9.2 has been released and it comes with some pretty major new features, including Gstreamer 1.0 support and more Shader Model 4 instructions.
We now know that new Wine stable releases will be done once a year, so upgrading to a new development version every other week seems like a reasonable goal. Even if it might seem that things have changed for the Wine project, they have remained pretty much the same for regular users, and from the looks of it, developers will continue to push changes all the time.
Wine users should expect to see smaller improvements with each new development release, although today’s is somewhat of an exception since it also comes with a few important new features that should make things really interesting.
Wine 1.9.2 is ready for download
The developers explained that GStreamer 1.0 support has been added, SHA hashes in Bcrypt are now supported, synthesizing bold glyphs now also works for bitmap fonts, underlines support has been added in DirectWrite, and more Shader Model 4 instructions have been added.
The list of supported games and apps has expanded with the following titles: Gyldendal, EasyPal, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, MSVC 2012, GLFont, Dungeon Keeper FX, Steam, Dirt 3, Cobra 11 – Burning Wheels, GTA IV, J-Link 1.3.0, Warhammer 40k, Wreckfest Server, Alien Shooter, LeapPadExplorer, Worms Armageddon, Cabal II, KeePassX, StarCraft II, EveOnline launcher, and many other
How to install the latest version of Wine in Ubuntu
Users can get Wine 1.9.2 from the source code, but Ubuntu users can install it from a PPA (it might take a while until it hits this repository, but it should only be a few days, maybe less). Just enter these commands in a terminal (root access is required):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel