Wine 1.5.14 Brings Optimizations and Fixes for many Windows Games

In a recent development release 1.5.14, Wine has announced a number of new features. Wine is a popular application for Linux, which provides a Windows compatibility layer. It has been used to run games, applications, and a number of tools which are unique to Windows. In a survey conducted in 2007, over 30% of Linux users were found using Wine for running Windows applications.

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Wine is a compatibility layer. It duplicates functions of Windows by providing alternative implementations of the DLLs that Windows programs call, and a process to substitute for the Windows NT kernel. This method of duplication differs from other methods that might also be considered emulation, where Windows programs run in a virtual machine. Wine is predominantly written using black-box testing reverse-engineering, to avoid copyright issues.

The latest development version has brought improved GIF support, JavaScript optimizations and URL caching. However, the two most notable changes are improvements in the shader compiler, and bug fixes for many Windows games. The Wine shader compiler is an emulation of the Direct 3D compiler (d3dcompiler) from DirectX. This ensures better DirectX performance in Wine, especially for video playback. Apart from this, there are numerous bug-fixes for games like Alan Wake, StarCraft and Oblivion. A Teamviewer crash issue has been fixed and the installer for Opera 12 does not crash anymore.

Valve recently announced a native Steam client for Linux and a native port of Left4Dead 2. As Valve releases more native ports, Wine will see a sharp decline in usage as most Wine users use it solely to run Windows games.

Install Epic Browser In Ubuntu With Wine

If you read Techie Buzz regularly, the Epic web browser will need no introduction. It has gotten  a great review from Pallab and I was curious about it. I decided to try it out, but unfortunately there is no Linux version available; not even the source was available (I don’t know if it is open source or not.)  If you want to try out Epic, but are restricted to Ubuntu for whatever reason, read on.

First, download Epic for Windows. You can go to the website and download it or if you like console, here is the command: (I  recommend  the console.)

cd ~
wget http://http.cdnlayer.com/href/epic-setup.exe

We are going to use Wine to run it in Ubuntu. The latest version of Wine is Wine 1.2, but the stable version is not available in the PPA yet. However, Wine 1.2 RC 7 is already available. I have been using it and it is quite stable. So add the Ubuntu Wine PPA, ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa, and install Wine.

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

After you have installed Wine, to install Epic, execute the commands below:

Note: Change the argument of cd to the appropriate download location if you downloaded it from the browser.

cd ~
wine epic-setup.exe

You will get the installation options. Finish the installation as you would if you were in Windows.

After the installation is finished, you will find Epic under  Applications ->  Wine ->  Programs ->  Epic.

Epic runs very well under Wine. I have been using it for almost one day and have not encountered any problem while using it. Being based on Firefox, it is a bit slow for my liking. Another complaint that I have is the background pictures – they are very distracting. Otherwise, it is a fine browser and those used to Firefox should have no problem using it under Wine in Ubuntu.

Wine 1.2 Officially Released

For those of you who still miss the Windows applications in Linux, there is good news.

After some delay, the stable version of Wine 1.2 has finally been released. This the first major Wine update in two years, and with 3000 bug fixes and 23,000 changes from the  previous  stable release, it is indeed a major release.

Here are some of the more important  improvements/new features in Wine 1.2:

  • Support for 64-bit applications.
  • New icons based on Tango for better integration with the Unix look.
  • Applications Control Panel to manage installed applications.
  • Subpixel font rendering is now supported. This will make texts look better.
  • Digital playback of audio CDs is supported.
  • Many new OpenGL extensions are now supported.

You can view the release note with the list of changes here.

Unfortunately it is not available for Ubuntu yet, but if you want to compile from the source, here is the link to it.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu And Some More Ubuntu News!

Welcome to FOSS Friday, where we look at what has been happening in the world of Free and Open Source Software.

News

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 has been released. It does not differ much from the first alpha visually but it came with some new features underneath. One big feature that it came with is the support for Btrfs. It also has a new application and file menu with the Unity interface.

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Ubuntu Installed In Nexus One and HTC HD2

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net  have installed Ubuntu in Nexus One without destroying the Android system. And in a related news, the hackers at the XDA Forums have succeeded in installing Ubuntu in HTC HD2. Looks like everyone want to have Ubuntu on their smartphone.

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Wine 1.2 Reaches Its Sixth Release Candidate

The release of Wine 1.2 is long overdue. However, the developers are working hard on it and they have released the 6th release candidate. It features a lot of bug fixes and is quite usable.

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Kubuntu Netbook Remix Discontinued

The Kubuntu Team have decided to merge Kubuntu Netbook Remix into Kubuntu Desktop. This means that the Kubuntu Netbook Remix brand has been discontinued although, netbook support will still continue.

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New Ubuntu Fonts To Be Available For Public Testing On 8th August

Canonical Design has released new fonts for Ubuntu 10.10. It is currently in a private beta and only Ubuntu members have access to it. However, it will be available for public testing from 8th August.

Read More Here

Tips & Tricks

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client for Ubuntu. Transmission 2.0 has been released with new features. Click on the link below to learn how to install it.

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Get Faster Download Speeds for Ubuntu Packages with Synaptic

Ubuntu has a great network of mirrors all over the world, allowing you to download updates from a server geographically close to wherever you are. However, in the age of broadband, the speed of your connection and ….

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How To Compile rekonq 0.5 In Kubuntu

rekonq, the KDE web-browser which is going to replace Konqueror in Kubuntu 10.10, has just got its first stable release as rekonq 0.5. Right now, it is available only as a source and binaries are not yet available …..

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With this we conclude this week’s FOSS Friday.

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate 6 Released

The sixth release candidate of Wine 1.2 has been released. This release bring about a number bug fixes and some translation updates.

Wine is an application which allows Microsoft Windows programs to run in Unix-like operating systems (Linux, BSD, Solaris etc.).

Wine 1.2 was originally scheduled for release last month but it ran into a number of troubles in the way. Since the fifth release candidate, Wine 1.2 RC6, includes 42 new bug fixes. However there are still 48 other known bugs still left. Unless all these remaining bugs are fixed, the final release is unlikely. You can see the list of remaining bugs here.

You follow the instructions given here to install Wine 1.2 RC6 in Ubuntu 10.04.

If you are using Fedora, install instructions can be found here.

Wine 1.1.36 Released, More Bugs Fixed

Wine Windows Emulator for Linux

Wine is a Windows emulator for Linux OS, which enables you to run various native Windows programs and applications, like games, mp3 players, torrent clients and so on inside Linux, without the need of any technical knowledge. Linux enthusiasts use Wine to run those Windows applications inside Linux, for whom Linux counterparts are tough to find.

The new development release of   Wine, Wine 1.1.36 is now available for download. You can download it from the official development site.

The source for this development release is available from these locations:

http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2

The new features in this release include:

  • Completion of the 16-bit separation.
  • Improved Shader Model 4 support.
  • A ton of memory leak fixes.
  • Improved debugging support for MinGW.
  • A number of MSHTML fixes.
  • Various bug fixes.

You can find more about complete list of bug fixes and change log from here.