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Wine manager Bottles brings easy app installers, tons of other improvements

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Bottles is the very promising free and open source application to help you directly manage installing things with Wine, the compatibility layer to run Windows apps and games on Linux. It's going through constant change right now, with lots of big new features being added in.

Release "2022.2.14-trento" is now live. Some highlights include:

  • Install programs in one-click using our community installers
  • Change default bottles location from preferences
  • New repositories manager makes fewer requests and takes less time to load
  • Runtime is now also available for non-Flatpak packages
  • Search in bottles list if there are at least 10 items
  • Automatically fallback to another runner if the system doesn't support Caffe 7+
  • Installers can now declare their architecture, so incompatible installers will not be shown
  • Dependencies can now be re-installed if something goes wrong
  • Programs can now be launched trough terminal right from the context menu
  • Task manager can now terminate processes
  • WINE Explorer now available from utilities
  • New userdir/ placeholder for installers to access sandboxed user directory
  • Improved Windows version switch, other keys are updated to ensure that programs detect the correct version
  • Improved health check dialog with syntax highlighting
  • General UI improvements for consistency
  • Introducing SystemComponents to handle unpackable components for non-Flatpak packages
  • Support DXVK-async as a component
  • Using XDG_DATA_HOME for default Bottles paths (Thanks @nanonyme)
  • Gamescope support in Flatpak (Thanks @BigmenPixel0)

Ready for growth, there's also a new dedicated section on their website for finding installers. You will also find their own bundled version of Wine named "Caffe", has been upgraded to Wine 7.2. Plus, plenty of the usual bug fixes sprinkled right in.

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9 comments

MayeulC Feb 16, 2022
I still wish winepak (expired https, but accepting that is better than http anyway) had caught on

It seems like the lack of an automated infrastructure made the project not sustainable.


Last edited by MayeulC on 16 February 2022 at 3:58 pm UTC
Raaben Feb 16, 2022
Bottles is starting to catch my eye. It seems a bit cleaner and straightforward compared to Lutris dealing with manual configs/installs and now that they implemented their own installers... well, I'm definitely going to start playing around with it at least. If they keep adding features at this rate, it should be a great choice in no time.
Purple Library Guy Feb 16, 2022
But if you don't update your Wine version, it'll be old Wine in new Bottles.
mirkobrombin Feb 16, 2022
Quoting: Purple Library GuyBut if you don't update your Wine version, it'll be old Wine in new Bottles.

Ya, not. You can use wine from your system but Bottles will still install its (constantly updated) own and will always default to that.

Edit: Oh wait, maybe that was a joke :S


Last edited by mirkobrombin on 16 February 2022 at 6:26 pm UTC
Anza Feb 16, 2022
Quoting: mirkobrombin
Quoting: Purple Library GuyBut if you don't update your Wine version, it'll be old Wine in new Bottles.

Ya, not. You can use wine from your system but Bottles will still install its (constantly updated) own and will always default to that.

Edit: Oh wait, maybe that was a joke :S

According to history books, oldest Wine is 28 years old. I wonder if you can put it into Bottles anymore...
Purple Library Guy Feb 16, 2022
Quoting: mirkobrombinEdit: Oh wait, maybe that was a joke :S
Yup.
Comandante Ñoñardo Feb 16, 2022
I wonder if, someday, We can have The PC GAME PASS Xbox Client running on Linux...
That would be the maximum PC gaming compatibility achievement.
MayeulC Feb 17, 2022
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoI wonder if, someday, We can have The PC GAME PASS Xbox Client running on Linux...
That would be the maximum PC gaming compatibility achievement.

xbox gaming* ? :P
stud68 Feb 21, 2022
Much better than Lutris! Less faffing and easier to use.
Even though I have always made my own Wine Prefixes for everything and is just as easy.
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