Wine 1.4 Stable Version Has Been Released and Ready to Install in Ubuntu

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Wine 1.4 Stable Version Has Been Released and Ready to Install in Ubuntu

Wine 1.4 Stable Version Has Been Released – Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows software without a copy of Microsoft Windows

In this release wine 1.4 come with new DIB graphics engine, re-written audio stack which can make use of Gstreamer, full support for bidirectional text, ARM support and more. There are also many new supported applications, like Microsoft Office 2010.

Here’s Highlight of Wine 1.4:

  • Wine now compiles on ARM
  • Full support for bidirectional text
  • Dynamic device management can use the new UDisks service in addition to HAL
  • New graphics engine for rendering into Device Independent Bitmaps (DIB). DIB can also be used as a fall-back for some graphics primitives, like alpha blending, when the driver doesn’t supports it
  • The Jack, NAS, AudioIO, OSS3 and ESD audio subsystems are no longer supported
  • Wine can now make use of GStreamer for audio and video playback
  • More image codecs are implemented, including support for TGA and CMYK JPEG decoding, as well as BMP, TIFF, PNG, and ICNS encoding.
  • The audio stack is completely redesigned, based on the Vista model
  • The Alsa, OSS, and CoreAudio drivers have been rewritten to use the new model
  • Joystick action mapping is supported, including a configuration dialog
  • New Vista style file dialogs
  • Implemented system tray notification balloons
  • The built-in (Gecko-based) web browser engine supports ActiveX

Found complete changelog of wine 1.4 @Announce wine 1.4

Install Wine 1.4 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

If you are still using (Ubuntu Oneiric, Ubuntu Natty, Ubuntu Maverick and Ubuntu Lucid) wine 1.4 cannot installed via Wine Team PPA because Wine 1.4 is not yet available in the Official Wine Team PPA, but it should be available soon. You can install Wine 1.4 RC 6 by using the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.3

Note: The package name is “wine-1.3” because that’s the development build for Wine 1.4

Wine 1.4 will be available in the Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin repositories (currently, Precise has Wine 1.4 RC6), So there’s no need to add a PPA if you’re using Precise. Installing the “wine” package should install the latest Wine 1.4 (RC6)


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