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Wine 2.9 released

 

The Wine 2.9 development release was announced today for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users who want to run Windows games and apps on their personal computers.

 

Coming about two weeks after the release of Wine 2.8, which improved support for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III that'll be ported to Linux and SteamOS platforms by Feral Interactive on June 8, Wine 2.9 is here to introduce support for tesselation shaders in Direct3D, binary mode support in WebServices, RegEdit UI improvements, and clipboard changes detected through Xfixes.

 

However, as with any new Wine release, numerous apps and games received improvements. Among the Windows games that have been improved in Wine 2.9, we can mention The Witcher 3, Need for Speed: The Run, Grandia II, World of Warships, World of Warplanes, World of Tanks, Tomb Raider 2013 (Steam), 1nsane (GOG), Way of the Samurai 4, League of Legends, Banished, and Soul Reaver (GOG).

 

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes and GT Challenge received fixes


The Rise of the Tomb Raider, GT Challenge, FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, and WAtomic games were improved as well, along with the GOG.com and Battle.net installers, as well as various Uplay games. Explorer++, Acoustica Mixcraft 6, WeChat, Terragen 4, and GMATPrep 2.4.323, and the Avast Antivirus are among the Windows apps that received attention in Wine 2.9.

 

The Wine 2.9 source tarball can be downloaded right now from our website if you fancy compiling it on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version not suitable for production use. We recommend installing the stable Wine branch if you want to have a reliable and bug-free experience. Wine 2.9 will also be installable from the software repos of your operating system in the coming days.

 

Changelog

 

Spoiler

 24698  Explorer++ doesn't show file icons
  32473  Acoustica Mixcraft 6 crashes when loading project containing video (DirectShow Editing Services missing 'AMTimeline' class, '{78530b75-61f9-11d2-8cad-00a024580902}', 'qedit.dll')
  33844  Grandia 2 whiteout.
  34850  Improve commctl32 TaskDialogIndirect stub to show "content" part in task dialog box (more detailed error messages for various apps/games)
  35529  Uninstaller: application list doesn't fit
  37405  The entry "My Computer" in regedit is handled like a registry key
  38980  World of Warships/Planes/Tanks client in torrent download mode crashes spuriously on high bandwidth load (i/o completion ports)
  39153  Tomb Raider last edition  2013 (Steam version) crashes while starting
  41091  1nsane (GOG.com) crashes after launch
  41184  DX11 Tesselation tutorial doesn't work correctly
  41837  Way of the Samurai 4 has black blocks in the main menu without native d3dx9
  41908  WeChat can't display and send emoticons.
  42080  Listview does not draw correctly in some conditions.
  42186  Uplay games don't work anymore since latest update
  42292  The Witcher 3 fails to render correctly after starting a new game
  42296  avast installer doesnt start (needs LdrEnumerateLoadedModules)
  42348  League of legends installer: "Invalid command line"
  42410  Banished (DX11) renders broken geometry (regression)
  42673  Battle.net no longer runs after Wow Legion update
  42708  Soul Reaver GOG Cinematics stopped working
  42783  Terragen 4 needs function KERNEL32.dll.GetActiveProcessorGroupCount
  42846  GT Challenge (Boxrun) crashes
  42873  Need for Speed: The Run crashes when reacquiring query context
  42900  The Testament of Sherlock Holmes rendering issue
  42922  GMATPrep 2.4.323 fails to install
  42937  Multiply games stuck with stack overflow when using OffscreenRenderingMode=backbuffer
  42940  WAtomic: White labels that show name of elements hidden by GL components
  42966  World/models are upside-down in multiply games when using ORM=backbuffer
  42985  Rise of the Tomb Raider needs unimplemented function USER32.dll.GetPhysicalCursorPos
  42993  wine can't be compiled by gcc-2.95.4 (gdiplus/metafile.c)
  43005  secur32/tests/ntlm.ok crashes in DeleteSecurityContext
  43012  FFXIV (Realm Reborn) requires patch list primitive type support
  43019  redefinition of typedef 'QWORD' (wine compilation fails with gcc 4.2.1)
  43023  Applications using Windows Script Host Shell Object crash due to added IProvideClassInfo support
  43026  SP+ maker won't run.
  43039  Rise of the Tomb Raider needs unimplemented function USER32.dll.PhysicalToLogicalPoint
  43048  regedit crashes exporting any HKEY_* entry
  43062  Installer from GOG.com displays black rectangles

 

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