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Don't blaze it too hard for the release of Wine 4.20

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Wine, that wonderful software that enables you to run Windows-only software and games on Linux has a new release out with Wine 4.20. Nice.

Here's the highlights of the release:

  • New version of the Mono engine with an FNA update.
  • Code persistence in VBScript and JScript.
  • Vulkan spec updates.
  • Improved support for LLVM MinGW.

They also noted 37 bug fixes, some fixed recently and some a while ago. These include problems solved with the Epic Games Launcher, multiple games had .NET issues, improvements to the virtual desktop feature and various others.

See more on the official Wine website.

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da_habakuk 16 November 2019 at 11:50 am UTC
still on 4.12.1~buster wine-staging on debian stable but i started to move to steam+proton(-GE) anyways
for gaming sometimes i wonder if it wouldnt be better to be more bleeding edge with archlinux etc..
my mesa is still on 1.8.
Patola 16 November 2019 at 12:47 pm UTC
da_habakukfor gaming sometimes i wonder if it wouldnt be better to be more bleeding edge with archlinux etc..
my mesa is still on 1.8.
It definitely would.
However, you have alternatives without ever leaving debian, while I think in this case it would be better to change distributions altogether.
The alternative are to enable unstable/testing repositories with lower priority to install the more recent packages you want/need, and install them "by hand" with apt.
Avehicle7887 16 November 2019 at 1:26 pm UTC
Another alternate route to stay on bleeding edge would be to compile from source. The learning curve goes up a bit here but the end result allows for better flexibility. While compiling is related to programming, you're not required to be one to compile software (I can't even write a Helloworld program in C), so don't let it discourage you.
dpanter 16 November 2019 at 1:52 pm UTC
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da_habakukstill on 4.12.1~buster wine-staging on debian stable but i started to move to steam+proton(-GE) anyways
for gaming sometimes i wonder if it wouldnt be better to be more bleeding edge with archlinux etc..
my mesa is still on 1.8.
No need to do anything drastic.
While Debian Stable isn't really the best choice for gaming, there's a quick fix for mesa and amdgpu, just pull them from Testing. You can grab Wine directly from WineHQ repo.
Stable has some very specific use cases and I would really think about upgrading to Testing fully for a gaming rig.
axredneck 16 November 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC
PatolaThe alternative are to enable unstable/testing repositories with lower priority to install the more recent packages you want/need, and install them "by hand" with apt.
I don't recommend to do this.
qptain Nemo 16 November 2019 at 4:21 pm UTC
QuoteDon't blaze it too hard for the release of Wine 4.20
But moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!
chris.echoz 16 November 2019 at 8:22 pm UTC
QuoteDon't blaze it too hard for the release of Wine 4.20
Oh I will
chris.echoz 16 November 2019 at 8:25 pm UTC
da_habakukstill on 4.12.1~buster wine-staging on debian stable but i started to move to steam+proton(-GE) anyways
for gaming sometimes i wonder if it wouldnt be better to be more bleeding edge with archlinux etc..
my mesa is still on 1.8.
Sid is nice for gaming. You do get issues sometimes, like how Gnome 3.34 (or more specifically mutter) has been a nightmare recently. But this was exactly the same on Arch, obviously.
Most importantly you get up-to-date drivers and vulkan.
mrdeathjr 16 November 2019 at 8:48 pm UTC
This wine version fix virtual desktop issue and non affect games allow use more higher resolution in windowed mode than virtual desktop resolution

Example: use 720p or more resolution in 1024x768 virtual desktop

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Pangaea 16 November 2019 at 10:27 pm UTC
Wine on a Saturday. What has the world come to.
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