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What a grape day, Wine 4.9 is officially out

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I know, that pun attempt hurt my head too. You try and keep this going for months! Today, the Wine team have put out the Wine 4.9 development release as expected with new features and assorted bug fixes.

Release highlights:

  • Initial support for installing Plug and Play drivers.
  • Support for building 16-bit modules in PE format.
  • A lot of code moved to the new KernelBase DLL.
  • Various game controller fixes.
  • Use higher performance system clocks if available.

As for bug fixes, this time around they noted 24 now marked as solved. As per usual, some may be bugs fixed in previous releases only now being found. These include World of Tanks, Osmos, Grand Prix Legends, Spellforce 3, Rogue Squadron 3D and more.

You can see the full release notes here.

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etonbears 25 May 2019 at 4:21 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy
gradyvuckovic
iwantlinuxgames
QuoteInitial support for installing Plug and Play drivers.

anyone who can explain what this means?

Likewise would love to know what this implies.
I'm no expert, but I'm old so I remember the term. So, back in the day, if you had peripherals for your computer you'd have to have a driver for it; peripherals often came with CDs that had a driver for you to install. The internet was barely a thing and didn't have that kind of useful stuff on it--or a little later, it did, somewhere, but actually finding it would be a massive pain. I believe plug-and-play was Windows' marketing term for their first attempt to have pre-built drivers for various stuff already in the OS so you could plug in a thing and have it supposedly Just Work. Something like that. This was back in the Windows 95/98/like that era.

Mostly this. Early PC OS iterations assumed that all hardware was present at boot time. As more technology appeared that allowed hardware to be connected at runtime, there needed to be a mechanism for the OS to recognise changes without a reboot and install/remove a driver as necessary. Plug and Play did this, checking local and remote repositories and offering the user the option to provide a driver from disk.

Most apps don't rely on this OS capability, so Wine has probably just got around to adding the facility.

It is probably of interest to gamers mainly if you like to suspend Linux with games running, which often causes problems. Some games may work better if they know the hardware has been stopped and restarted. I suspect most games will still hate suspend, regardless of any changes, and this is just the first steps, so it probably means nothing in the short term.
Dedale 25 May 2019 at 5:44 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy
gradyvuckovic
iwantlinuxgames
QuoteInitial support for installing Plug and Play drivers.

anyone who can explain what this means?

Likewise would love to know what this implies.
I'm no expert, but I'm old so I remember the term. So, back in the day, if you had peripherals for your computer you'd have to have a driver for it; peripherals often came with CDs that had a driver for you to install. The internet was barely a thing and didn't have that kind of useful stuff on it--or a little later, it did, somewhere, but actually finding it would be a massive pain. I believe plug-and-play was Windows' marketing term for their first attempt to have pre-built drivers for various stuff already in the OS so you could plug in a thing and have it supposedly Just Work. Something like that. This was back in the Windows 95/98/like that era.

In my neck of the woods it was quickly nicknamed "Plug and Pray".

I gathered somewhere else that some anti-cheat software on windows come into the form of drivers and that is where the PnP on WINE could prove useful.
aislan 25 May 2019 at 7:39 pm UTC
legluondunet
aislanOffice 2016, when is it officially supported ???

Oh please, support OSS instead, LibreOffice is a very nice MS Office replacement.

I'm trying to expand OSS bringing more users to Linux, but sometimes OFFICE is a requirement for them.
Actually I do use Libreoffice already, so this is for the people in general.
massatt212 25 May 2019 at 9:36 pm UTC
check Mortal Kombat 11 & Injustice 2 to see if they launch now
Killer Instinct has been giving trouble Lately
TheRiddick 26 May 2019 at 3:06 am UTC
Many of the anti cheat software uses drivers but I'm not sure if that fits under pnp.
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