Brief: A new major release of Wine is here. With Wine 5.0, running Windows applications and games on Linux is further improved.
With some efforts, you can run Windows applications on Linux using Wine. Wine is a tool that you may try when you must use a software that is available only on Windows. It supports a number of such software.
A new major release for Wine has landed i.e Wine 5.0, almost after a year of its 4.0 release.
Wine 5.0 release introduces a couple of major features and a lot of significant changes/improvements. In this article, I’ll highlight what’s new and also mention the installation instructions.
What’s New In Wine 5.0?
The key changes in 5.0 release as mentioned in their official announcement:
- Builtin modules in PE format.
- Multi-monitor support.
- XAudio2 reimplementation.
- Vulkan 1.1 support.
- Microsoft Installer (MSI) Patch Files are supported.
- Performance improvements.
So, with Vulkan 1.1 support and multi-monitor support – Wine 5.0 release is a big deal.
In addition to the key highlights, you can also expect better controller support in the new version considering thousands of changes/improvements involved in the new release.
It is also worth noting that this release is being dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia (lead developer of the vkd3d project)
They’ve also mentioned this in their release notes:
This release is dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia, who passed away in August 2019 at the young age of 30. Józef was a major contributor to Wine’s Direct3D implementation, and the lead developer of the vkd3d project. His skills and his kindness are sorely missed by all of us.
How to install Wine 5.0 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint