Another year is coming to a close and so the team behind Wine, the Windows compatibility layer, are readying up for another major stable release with version 8.0. For those just joining us: Wine is one of the big parts of Steam Play Proton to run Windows games on Linux desktop and Steam Deck.
They do regular development releases usually every two weeks with new features and fixes. However, with a new Release Candidate out, they're going into a code-freeze so they focus on just bug fixing and polishing now.
Included highlights of Wine 8.0 are:
- Bundled vkd3d upgraded to version 1.6.
- Vulkan and OpenGL thunking optimizations.
- More support for print processors.
- Improved joystick control panel.
- Long types printf format conversion finished.
- Various bug fixes.
Their own vkd3d, not to be confused with Valve's VKD3D-Proton, had its 1.6 release only recently that included:
- Initial support for HLSL compute shaders.
- More support for HLSL features and intrinsics.
A number of bugs were noted to be solved including issues for: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, The Void, Ragnarok Online, installers for various games and plenty of fixes to all the miscellaneous parts of Windows the Wine has to translate.