The Wine hackers have announced the first Release Candidate for the big 5.0, marking the beginning of the code freeze period where only bug fixes make it in and no new features after this.
Here's what's new as of Wine 5.0 RC 1:
- Gecko update, with support for running from a global location.
- Unicode data updated to Unicode version 12.1.
- Initial version of the MSADO (ActiveX Data Objects) library.
- Update installation support in the WUSA (Windows Update Standalone) tool.
- More progress on the kernel32/kernelbase restructuring.
- Support for signing with ECDSA keys.
As for bug fixes, they noted 37 fixed. Usual note applies: some are older bugs being re-checked that were fixed some time ago. Included in the list are issues solved with Midtown Madness 2, Multiple Microsoft installers should now work, FIFA Online 3, FXCM Trading Station II, multiple issues solved with Beat Hazard 2, UPlay failing to start was fixed and so on.
You can see the full release notes here.
As we come close to another major release of Wine, I just want to say I think the work they do is incredible. It's not easy having to get tens of thousands of applications and games working, it's often thankless but they keep on going and over years Wine has evolved into something essential. It helps people switch from Windows to Linux and not lose access to vital Windows-only applications and favourite games, it's a part of Steam Play Proton enabling even more people to not lose their favourites and over time it's going to keep getting better. Hats off to the Wine team.