The stable version of Wine 4.0 arrives with support for Direct3D 12 and Vulkan


Si are new to Linux and want you really want to use a Linux-based operating system, but yesContinue using your Windows applications, one of the only solutions left is Wine.

Wine ("Wine Is Not an Emulator" recursive acronym) is a program capable of running a Windows compatibility layer on Linux, MacOS and BSD.

Wine is an excellent completely free alternative to the Windows API for GNU / Linux systems and you can also optionally use native Windows DLLs, if available.

Please note that while some applications and games work fine with Wine on a Linux distribution, others may have bugs.

Unless a specific Windows program is essential for you, in general it is advisable to try to find an alternative to the desired program in Linux first or choose a cloud solution.

In addition, Wine offers a development kit as well as a Windows program loader, so developers can easily modify many Windows programs that run under Unix x86, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

The team behind WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) recently announced the availability of version 4.0 of their software.

Wine 4.0 is now stable

With this new release its developers inform us that this version of Wine has benefited from many improvements (more than 6000 changes).

Main relate to the addition of support for Direct3D 12, the Vulkan API, various game controllers and graphics cards, as well as High-DPI on Android.

Among the improvements that characterize this new stable version of Wine, we can also mention the improvements made in the implementation of Direct3D 10 and 11, the Kernel, the user interface and the network environment.

How to install Wine 4.0?

Si are users of Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives, it is necessary that they follow the following instructions to be able to have a Wine installation and run it on the system without problems.

Those who use a 64-bit version of the system, we are going to enable the 32-bit architecture with:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Now to install Wine on any architecture we are going to add the following to the system:


sudo apt-key add Release.key

We add the repository, for Ubuntu 18.10 and derivatives:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb cosmic main'

For Ubuntu 18.04 and derivatives:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main'

Ubuntu 16.04 and derivatives:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb xenial main'

Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb trusty main'

Then we update the repositories

sudo apt-get update

Done this, We proceed to install the essential packages for Wine to run smoothly on the system:

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

sudo apt-get --download-only dist-upgrade

While for those who are users of Debian and systems based on it, should do the following.

They must first enable 32-bit architecture on the system

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

We proceed to download the Wine public key:

wget -nc

We add it to the system

sudo apt-key add Release.key

Now We must edit the sources.list and add the Wine repository to the system, we do this with:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

If they are Debian 9 users add:

deb main

Or if are Debian 8 users:

deb main

We update the list of packages with:

sudo apt-get update

Y finally we install with:

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

For In the case of Fedora and its derivatives, we must add the appropriate repository to the version we are using.

Fedora 28:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo

Fedora 29:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo

And finally we must install Wine with:

sudo dnf install winehq-stable

In the case of Arch Linux, Manjaro, Antergos or any distribution based on Arch Linux We can install this new version from its official distribution repositories.

The command to install it is:

sudo pacman -sy wine

Si are openSUSE users can install Wine from the official distribution repositories, although at the moment the development version has not been updated within the repositories.

We will only have to wait for the packages to be updated, this will be in a matter of days.

The command to install Wine is as follows:

sudo zypper install wine

Or if you prefer, you can check the community packages where you can get the Wine rpm, you just have to go to the following link. 

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