As expected on their biweekly development cycle, the Wine hackers released the latest development version with Wine 5.5 out now with new features and fixes.
Quick reminder: Wine is the software that can help run Windows games and applications on Linux.
Here's the highlights of what's new:
- Builtin libraries use the new UCRTBase C runtime.
- Compatibility mode used when reporting Windows version.
- Better support for debug information in PE files.
- Support for linguistic case mappings.
- More attributes supported in WebServices.
They also mentioned 32 bug fixes, some of which were fixed in previous releases of Wine that eventually saw some retesting. These noted bug fixes include issues solved for: Call of Juarez, Death to Spies: Moment of Truth, Adobe Flash Player, Might and Magic VI, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Audiosurf, Dark Souls 2, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem (no more blob heads) and more fixes for games went in.
You can see the release notes here.
I've also been hearing lately about a lot of work going on to help with Media Foundation in Wine, as this is needed for quite a lot of Windows games to work properly on Linux with Wine. The Media Foundation API is used on Windows for various video and audio purposes and it's been another pain-point for people using Steam Play Proton (which uses Wine). You might find some games have no intro video, or a static background instead of a video and more—all of it getting slowly fixed up so it will be good to see that eventually done.