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Wine 3.0 RC1 should be out in early December, final release likely in January

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Alexandre Julliard has put out his plans for the release of the next major version of Wine and it's going to be quite soon.

The next release, due around December 8th, will be the first Release Candidate for Wine 3.0. From there, they will be doing weekly RC releases and he estimates this will last 4-6 weeks. So the final Wine 3.0 release should be due in January if all goes well and no major release blockers are found.

Since the Wine 2.0.x release, there has been 22 development releases to make up Wine 3.0, with some pretty sweet new stuff to come for those sitting on the stable release. For most, none of it will be news, since they announce everything with each new development release.

Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from Wine 3.0 (since Wine 2.0.x that is):

  • Multi-threaded command stream in Direct3D, which improves game performance.
  • Support for tesselation shaders in Direct3D
  • Shader improvements for Direct3D 11
  • Improved DPI support
  • More Shader Model 5 instructions
  • Windows version set to Windows 7 for new prefixes
  • Direct2D rendering improvements
  • Lots of work towards Android support
  • Lots more bug fixes and general improvements to existing features

See the release plan here.

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Julius 29 November 2017 at 12:25 pm UTC
In before Android support questions:
Running Windows apps on x86 Android, which already works quite well even though they seem to have refocussed on x86 chrome books lately.
Ehvis 29 November 2017 at 1:07 pm UTC
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I can't help but feel that Wine is not yet ready for a major release and that the freeze is an arbitrary choice based on the date instead of actual milestones.
TheRiddick 29 November 2017 at 4:13 pm UTC
Well its never really a finished project, they could spend the next year messing with fixing DX11 and it still wouldn't be ready.
Kimyrielle 29 November 2017 at 4:14 pm UTC
I don't know why they feel they need to release a major version either. Most people don't care. They just download each new release, because every new release is an improvement over the previous.

That being said, I really like where DX11 support has been going lately, and there is some hope that we will be able to play more recent AAA games soon. I even got back into GuildWars 2, because it now runs really nice in WINE, when it produced single digit FPS rates for the longest time.
slaapliedje 29 November 2017 at 10:04 pm UTC
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KimyrielleI don't know why they feel they need to release a major version either. Most people don't care. They just download each new release, because every new release is an improvement over the previous.

That being said, I really like where DX11 support has been going lately, and there is some hope that we will be able to play more recent AAA games soon. I even got back into GuildWars 2, because it now runs really nice in WINE, when it produced single digit FPS rates for the longest time.

I still remember when Wine barely ran notepad and nothing outside of that worked at all. I also recall when Wine finally had version numbers instead of dates, then when it hit that 1.0 version, but by that time it was already quite usable.

I do find it funny that I have been able to get some games working flawlessly in Wine that are utterly broken in Windows 7+.

And the compatibility layer in newer Windows versions doesn't help much.
14 30 November 2017 at 1:30 am UTC
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After decidedly not installing Wine on my system for the past four years or so, I finally did it a few day ago for WoW. I have WoW installed on my Windows 7 drive but I got too tired of rebooting into Windows. I was only booting to Windows about every 20 days or so, but I've been doing it more frequently due to ESO, PUBG, and now WoW. After setting up WoW in Wine on the family computer that doesn't have Windows, I convinced myself to do the same on my tower. Sure, it's not a win for Linux gamers to play in Wine, but it's a win for me to boot into Windows less. Besides, booting into Windows isn't a win for Linux gamers either.

Anyway, now that I'm a consumer of Wine (at least until I let my WoW sub run out), update news is nice to see.
gustavoyaraujo 30 November 2017 at 6:26 am UTC
I think they should focus just on the Linux, trying to get wine running on android is too much work for a few users. I can not imagine any windows app I would like to use on my cellphone.
slaapliedje 30 November 2017 at 9:12 am UTC
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gustavoyaraujoI think they should focus just on the Linux, trying to get wine running on android is too much work for a few users. I can not imagine any windows app I would like to use on my cellphone.

Yeah, I wasn't even aware Wine ran on Android until today. I don't even like running anything on my cell phone outside of a web browser, my email and the occasional dumb time waster. Granted, I'm one who angrily hates mobile gaming too
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