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It's Friday, and usually every two weeks it means a new Wine development release is bottled up and ready to go. Today we have Wine 5.6 which brings in more of the recent Media Foundation work.

This ongoing Media Foundation code work is what will help even more games and applications run their video/audio on Linux, when run through Wine. As currently, it's a bit of a blocker for certain titles. As for the rest, the highlights are below:

Improvements to Active Directory LDAP support.
A few more modules converted to PE.
Improvements to gdb proxy mode.
Various bug fixes.

In regards to the bit about Wine modules being converted to PE, looking back this is something Proton (Valve's build of Wine) started doing the same back with Proton 4.11-1 where they said it will "eventually help some DRM and anti-cheat systems"—so it's interesting to see more of this in upstream Wine. Hopefully these are more small steps towards it all.

For the bug fixes marked off as of Wine 5.6, they noted 38 in total. As a reminder though: some bugs are often found fixed in previous versions but still noted as of this release. Apps with fixes include: Warframe, Magic The Gathering Online, Panzer Corps 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rockstar Games Launcher, Dead Space, Diablo 3, Roblox Studio and more.

Release notes for the Wine 5.6 development release can be found here.

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PublicNuisance Apr 10, 2020
I'm looking forward to hopefully being able to play Late Shift when Manjaro gets this version of Wine.
Pangaea Apr 10, 2020
Quote[Valve] said it will "eventually help some DRM and anti-cheat systems"—so it's interesting to see more of this in upstream Wine.

Yuck!!! x10000000 :><:
legluondunet Apr 11, 2020
You would think Wine doped with amphetamines since Valve participated in its development.
Comandante Ñoñardo Apr 11, 2020
I wonder if this version will be integrated in Proton 5.0-x RC
Torqachu Apr 11, 2020
I wait for the day I can play Darksiders Warmastered Edition without workaround and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine without "alternative" exe
gradyvuckovic Apr 11, 2020
Loving it, work being done on the three things Proton needs most, MF, DRM and AntiCheat. I'm sure it's all adding up to something bigger, these three challenges are no doubt too big for a single change to occur to make them possible, they're probably chipping away at the problem with each update like this. Would love to know what their plan is, how far along they are with it.
TheSHEEEP Apr 11, 2020
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Does that mean that eventually we'll no longer have to use mf-install or similar things to be able to run some games?
Chronarius Apr 11, 2020
Quoting: PublicNuisanceI'm looking forward to hopefully being able to play Late Shift when Manjaro gets this version of Wine.

Use PlayOnLinux and you are independet from your Distribution
rustybroomhandle Apr 11, 2020
Proton/Wine's purpose is to make Windows software run on Linux, warts and all. It's not there to solve civil issues. DRM is an issue that needs to be taken up with the developers/publishers, since they love it so much.
ziabice Apr 11, 2020
Seems that things with MFplat are going well. The brave between us can give a try to latest Proton GE 5.5-1 which includes all the recent work on this media library
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