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Wine 5.5 development release out with new features and fixes

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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.

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kaiman 28 March 2020 at 12:39 pm UTC
The ongoing MediaFoundation work is the current highlight for me. Apparently, a lot of modern Unity-based games without native support rely on that for video playback. I have set up a prefix with native (Windows 7) mf dll overrides, which plays these games just fine, but getting it to work was nontrivial and required grabbing the dlls from an actual Windows 7 installation. So I am looking forward to this work being complete.

Mostly though, I'll hope that developers using Unity will export their games for Linux as well :-).


Last edited by kaiman on 28 March 2020 at 12:41 pm UTC
massatt212 28 March 2020 at 2:16 pm UTC
kaimanThe ongoing MediaFoundation work is the current highlight for me. Apparently, a lot of modern Unity-based games without native support rely on that for video playback. I have set up a prefix with native (Windows 7) mf dll overrides, which plays these games just fine, but getting it to work was nontrivial and required grabbing the dlls from an actual Windows 7 installation. So I am looking forward to this work being complete.

Mostly though, I'll hope that developers using Unity will export their games for Linux as well :-).

Who is working on MediaFoundation so we dont have to use MFplat anymore ?
Avehicle7887 28 March 2020 at 2:23 pm UTC
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massatt212Who is working on MediaFoundation so we dont have to use MFplat anymore ?

The Wine github page often gets commits related to mf and mfplat.
massatt212 28 March 2020 at 2:35 pm UTC
once we get media next can be easy anti cheat lol
mrdeathjr 28 March 2020 at 3:02 pm UTC
​This wine version show progress in some cinematics

In my case case chaos legion (mpg files in low resolution) working for first time



Some xseed cinematics affected too in my case



legluondunet 28 March 2020 at 3:29 pm UTC
I tried to install mfplat for Darksiders Warmestered Edition and it works great!
Kimyrielle 28 March 2020 at 4:57 pm UTC
Good to see them working on getting Wolcen to run. That was one of the last games I backed on Kickstarter, under the promise that it will have a Linux version.

/sarcasm

I wonder why I even care if WINE can run it, since it got promised a Linux version!

/endsarcasm
Anarus 28 March 2020 at 10:34 pm UTC
legluondunetI tried to install mfplat for Darksiders Warmestered Edition and it works great!
Could I ask you exactly what setup you are using? I have tried to get it to run using wine-staging (just tried 5.5, clean wineprefix with DXVK 1.5.5), and it runs horribly slow on my system:
Spoiler, click me



legluondunet 28 March 2020 at 11:10 pm UTC
@anarus, it recently works stable and enough fast on my old computer:
Ubuntu 19.10 64 bits - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - Nvidia drivers 435.21 - 1920x1080 - Processor Intel i5-3570 3,4 Ghz - 16 Go RAM - resolution: 1920x1080 - fps: 60 (limited by my tv)

Spoiler, click me

I saw you are using DXVK 1.5.5, you should try 1.6, there is a performance boost for this game in this more recent version.

I wrote a Lutris script for the GOG edition, you could test it here:

https://lutris.net/games/darksiders-warmastered-edition/


Last edited by legluondunet on 28 March 2020 at 11:17 pm UTC
Avehicle7887 29 March 2020 at 11:51 am UTC
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This release fixes the intro video in Grim Dawn where it was playing only the first frame and had to be skipped.
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