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Wine 8.20 brings DirectMusic improvements and preparations for Wine 9.0

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We're getting close to the end of 2023 now and so the preparations for the Wine 9.0 release are starting and the Wine 8.20 development release is out now.

From the release notes:

  • More DirectMusic implementation.
  • Protocol associations exported to the Unix desktop.
  • Code cleanups in preparation for code freeze.
  • Various bug fixes.

20 bugs were noted to be solved this time including one from 2010 which was for "Register URL protocol handlers under Linux". Other bug fixes mention Max Payne (2001), the UndertaleModTool, Warframe, Neverwinter Nights 2 Complete from GOG and other miscellaneous bug fixes.

With the freeze approaching for Wine 9.0, we can expect more bug fixes to arrive over the next few weeks to get Wine 9.0 ready as the next stable release. Then eventually we should see Proton from Valve upgraded and rebased on the more recent code too.

In case you missed it: CodeWeavers are also hiring for a Wine developer.

Want help managing Wine on Linux? You can try Bottles, Lutris and the Heroic Launcher.

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mrdeathjr Nov 13, 2023
In this wine version have more work with dxmusic according changes max payne must be have music but i cant confirm that in my case for now

max payne music works

however steam also works but stay using now xubuntu 24.04 development build and cause system freeze, this dont happen on xubuntu 23.04

Last edited by mrdeathjr on 13 November 2023 at 7:36 pm UTC
tpau Nov 13, 2023
With every release a little bit more works and i should do my periodic Mafia 3 test to see if it lost its black textures already when not using VKD3D and DXVK as translation layers
fenglengshun Nov 14, 2023
QuoteProtocol associations exported to the Unix desktop.
That seems... big. This should be for stuff like Spotify and Steam URL, right?

Huh, this might finally make DMM Games work since they use custom uri/protocol for launching games.
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