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.