Bottles is easily the most simple way to manage installing and running Windows games and apps on Linux outside of Steam. A new release is out now with plenty of useful tweaks.
Version 2022.8.14 adds in support of vmtouch, a way to cache certain things. The Bottles devs say it "lends us resources to diagnose and control cache" and that you can enable it to possibly improve performance. Another one is a new UI for managing the Vulkan post-processing layer vkBasalt, along with the ability to configure vkBasalt individually per Bottle which sounds great.
A new dark mode switcher is in. Originally it was removed, but it has been added back as not all distributions are updated to do it properly automatically so now you can switch it yourself to your liking.
- New vkBasalt settings
- Support for vmtouch caching
- New dark mode switch as fallback for distributions not supporting the freedesktop Dark Mode
- Prevent programs from launching when clicking on the entry instead of the play button
- Windows can now be closed by pressing Escape
- The Library view now supports program settings overrides
- “Add to Steam” and “Add Desktop Entry” now supports integrations (Epic, Ubisoft, etc.)
- The bottles-cli “programs” option now list programs from integrations as well
- Gamescope is now compatible with FSR
- Minor UI improvements
- Lots of bug fixes
- Translations updated