Software Update: Wine 2.4

A new development build of Wine has been released with version number 2.4. Wine is an open source implementation of the Windows API and allows you to run DOS and Windows programs on Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris. A large group of developers contribute to Wine and it has been decided to release a new so-called development version every two weeks instead of waiting for a number of new functions to be ready. A stable edition is published a few times a year. The database with applications that work under Wine, with or without the help of minor adjustments, contains 24,367 titles at the time of writing. Since version 2.1, the following changes and improvements have been made:

What’s new in version 2.4:

  • Built-in implementation of cryptographic hashes.
  • Mono engine updated with upstream fixes.
  • More Direct3D command stream work.
  • Simulated bold and italic in DirectWrite.
  • Improvements to the XML reader.
  • Various bug fixes.

What’s new in version 2.3:

  • Obsolete wine install script removed.
  • More Direct3D command stream work.
  • A few more Shader Model 5 instructions.
  • Better underline rendering in DirectWrite.
  • Improved ODBC support on 64-bit.
  • Various bug fixes.

What’s new in version 2.3:

  • Windows version set to Windows 7 for new prefixes.
  • More steps towards the Direct3D command stream.
  • Still more Shader Model 5 instructions.
  • Initial support for double buffered theme painting.
  • Various bug fixes.

Version number 2.4
Release status unstable
Operating systems Linux, BSD, Solaris
Website Wine HQ
License type GPL