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Where there's a will there's a Wine 5.0rc1

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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.

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Tags: New Release, Wine
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Grim_reaper 14 December 2019 at 1:27 pm UTC
I must say that an incredible job they do. And wine gets better when it gets older. A well known fact. So let us drink ourselves unconscious in as little time as possible tonight with wine! I mean a test what the latest wine can do!
The_Aquabat 14 December 2019 at 1:42 pm UTC
there's whiner, winer and winner, so confusing.

how much wine could a winning whinning winer, wine? if in a whine could wine winning wine?


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 14 December 2019 at 6:45 pm UTC
edo 14 December 2019 at 3:41 pm UTC
Does latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
BrazilianGamer 14 December 2019 at 3:42 pm UTC
Let's pour some wine fellas
Kimyrielle 14 December 2019 at 5:52 pm UTC
edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys

My information might be outdated, as I haven't been forced to use MS Office in over a decade, but as far as I know only the Codeweavers version can run it flawlessly.

Honestly, if there is a compelling need for it, you can just use Office 365 in a browser these days, which runs flawlessly on Linux. My daughter has to use it for school, and that's what she's doing, so I can confirm it to work.
Luke_Nukem 14 December 2019 at 6:35 pm UTC
Kimyrielle
edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
Honestly, if there is a compelling need for it, you can just use Office 365 in a browser these days, which runs flawlessly on Linux. My daughter has to use it for school, and that's what she's doing, so I can confirm it to work.

I only just realised that it's 365 because that's how many days there are in a year and...
Purple Library Guy 14 December 2019 at 7:31 pm UTC
edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
True, although IMO office stuff is a much more solved problem than Adobe stuff. For the most part I actually prefer Libreoffice to MS Office, because I still dislike the ribbon thing (and I like the way Libreoffice shows whether you've saved or not), and I think for most typical uses they're almost indistinguishable. Now and then I run across a feature in Word that's actually handy, and spreadsheet people who want to fiddle with graphs a lot may want Excel, but for most people the features of Libreoffice are fine. Things changing how they look when you send your document from one to the other can still be a problem, but not so much if you're careful with your fonts, and you can always publish your document as a .pdf to freeze how it looks.
But Adobe stuff is different. The GIMP is great and all, and so are various other Linux image-y programs, but it seems like there are a whole lot of pros and semipros out there who have serious functional reasons why changing from Photoshop is hard or at least significantly annoying. And .pdf . . . we can look at them fine, and maybe do one or two things to them, but as far as I can tell there's nothing remotely like Acrobat on Linux. Far as I can tell this is because Adobe are bastards who like fucking Linux up (Flash! Gah!), and I'd rather see them and everything they do consigned to the pits of Hell, but sadly it seems to me like it's a big deal for Wine to be able to run some of the key Adobe software.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 14 December 2019 at 7:33 pm UTC
Matombo 15 December 2019 at 9:43 am UTC
the wusa thing seems the most intresting to me
now we can install wpf without resorting to copy files from a windows instalation or downloadiung them semi illegally from github repos


Last edited by Matombo on 15 December 2019 at 9:43 am UTC
ajgp 16 December 2019 at 11:50 am UTC
Purple Library Guy
edoDoes latest MS office works flawlessly? That should be a goal for wine guys
True, although IMO office stuff is a much more solved problem than Adobe stuff. ...
spreadsheet people who want to fiddle with graphs a lot may want Excel, but for most people the features of Libreoffice are fine. ...


The thing I truely miss in libreoffice is compatibility between macro enabled spreadsheets. It is honestly the only thing I now need MS Office for; otherwise I could ditch it and run libreoffice for all my needs.
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