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Wine Staging has released their 2.8 build of Wine with their usual assorted enhancements. This release should fix Starcraft 1 support and also run Star Wars: The Old Republic better.

In addition to the features pulled in from the Wine 2.8 development release, Wine Staging 2.8 adds:
  • Improved fake dll generation.
  • Implement updating shared data time fields.
  • Reset debug registers on thread creation.
  • Added basic ACL viewer in file properties.
  • Various smaller improvements and bug fixes.


In regards to the two games mentioned, Star Wars: The Old Republic should now work better thanks to their implementation of a mechanism to "update the time fields inside the used shared data block periodically". This is done in a new thread and only when required.

They also say Starcraft I should now work in a default Windows 7 prefix thanks to some of the new features implemented.

Stellar work as always! Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Cmdr_Iras 17 May, 2017
Nice to see the work as always. Im just waiting on Witcher 3 to become playable decently, i mean obviously would prefer it to be ported but at this point im not optimistic!
rkfg 17 May, 2017
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Starcraft I works, played only one singleplayer mission but it's really flawless. Thanks, Wine devs!
Urgick 17 May, 2017
How it goes with GTA V? Does someone tried it?
PlutonMaster 17 May, 2017
Quoting: UrgickHow it goes with GTA V? Does someone tried it?
I have tried with Wine-Staging 2.7. Launcher starts, it logs me in the Social Club and then gives me error message and I can't start it.

I'm waiting here Wine-Staging 2.8 when it arrives in Manjaro repos.
I tried to install wine-gaming-nine 2.8 but it gave me error about incorrect package.
StackMasher 17 May, 2017
Quoting: UrgickHow it goes with GTA V? Does someone tried it?
It's been working since like wine-staging 2.2, but not a lot has improved since that release. Performance sucks, there's quite a few graphical bugs, and you need a controller to play because the keyboard freezes the game. Newer versions don't work due to DRM, you have to either crack the game or run offline to skip updates. I have version 2 if I remember correctly

I made a video on it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5jyk9a


Last edited by StackMasher on 17 May 2017 at 3:10 pm UTC
Shmerl 17 May, 2017
Quoting: ajgpNice to see the work as always. Im just waiting on Witcher 3 to become playable decently, i mean obviously would prefer it to be ported but at this point im not optimistic!

The way it could have been "ported", could clearly only have been a wrapper. In this sense, I'd prefer Wine to support it properly.


Last edited by Shmerl on 17 May 2017 at 4:30 pm UTC
PJ 17 May, 2017
did anyone tried starcraft2 (or any battle.net game) with it? A while back I've tried to launch it, but it seems Blizzard did something which prevent me from even getting into launcher.
Urgick 17 May, 2017
Quoting: StackMasher
Quoting: UrgickHow it goes with GTA V? Does someone tried it?
It's been working since like wine-staging 2.2, but not a lot has improved since that release. Performance sucks, there's quite a few graphical bugs, and you need a controller to play because the keyboard freezes the game. Newer versions don't work due to DRM, you have to either crack the game or run offline to skip updates. I have version 2 if I remember correctly

I made a video on it here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5jyk9a
My ISP blocks it
Shmerl 18 May, 2017
Quoting: UrgickMy ISP blocks it

VPN can help.
throgh 18 May, 2017
Which StarCraft? The classic one? This is working long before: Had it running even with WINE 1.6. Or is it the new StarCraft with builtin Blizzard-DRM (called Battle.net-Launcher)?
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