The new development version of Wine 3.18 arrives with several fixes

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There is no doubt that the team behind the development of Wine has done a lot of work this year And it is that from one moment to another without warning and without further ado, an increase and improvements in the development of Wine began to be noticed, when some months ago it had been thought that it was slow and it would even be about to be abandoned since branch 1 .xx we did not pass.

The Wine team recently announced the availability of a new development version, reaching version 3.18. For those who are still unaware of this utility, I can comment on the following.

Wine is a compatibility layer that runs Windows programs on Linux, MacOS, and BSD.

Wine itself does not require Windows support as it is a completely free alternative to the Windows API, but Wine can choose to use the local Windows DLLS if they are available.

In addition, Wine provides a development kit to port Windows source code to Unix, as well as a program loader that allows developers to easily modify many Windows programs that run on x86 Unix, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X. And Solaris.

Wine it's not like a virtual machine or simulator that mimics the same internal Windows logic, but the Windows API call translated into a POSI callDynamic X, removing performance and other behaviors from the memory footprint, so you can clearly configure the Windows application on your desktop.

About the new development version of Wine 3.18

Few days ago Wine's official website released a development version 3.18, in which FreeType 2.8.1 is used for rendering sub-pixel fonts.

Besides it OAEP algorithm is supported in RSA encryption, and DCOM array ordering issues and other bugs are fixed.

Unsurprisingly, the Wine team has kept updates roughly every two weeks to show what they've been working on. The progress over the course of this year has been quite amazing.

These are the highlights of what's new in Wine 3.18:

  • Subpixel font rendering with FreeType> = 2.8.1.
  • Support for OAEP algorithm in RSA encryption.
  • Fix by fixing fixes in DCOM.
  • Improved DPI scaling in the Wine console.
  • Error reports related to the operation of games and applications are closed: PVSYST 5, Microsoft Office 365, Cegid Business Line, Spreaker Studio 1.4.2, Age of empires 3, Black Desert Online, Life On Mars, Rise of Nations Extended, Baidu Wifi Hotspot, League of Legends 8.12+, Fifa 19, AnyRail 6.

As for bug fixes, they noticed quite a few this time with 46 marked as resolved.

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How to install the development version of Wine 3.18 on Linux?

To install this version of Wine 3.18 in Ubuntu and derivatives we are going to do the following, in a terminal we type:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Now we are going to add the following to the system:

wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key

sudo apt-key add Release.key

sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get --download-only install winehq-devel

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

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

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

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/debian/stretch main
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

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 https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/28/winehq.repo
sudo dnf install winehq-devel

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

sudo pacman -Sy wine

Yes yesOpenSUSE users can install Wine from the distribution's official 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

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  1.   George said

    David, from now on I appreciate the publication, I just installed Wine in ubuntu mate, according to the steps you indicate but it does not appear in the list of programs, do I have to restart the computer? or do something else to make that happen? I'm asking you because although I'm not new to linux, I'm not an expert either and I'm already 70 years old hahaha and I'm delighted with linux. Thanks.

    1.    David naranjo said

      Hi Jorge, good morning, just run the command "wine" in the terminal.
      If you want a "graphical" version then make use of Winetricks and Winecfg.
      sudo apt-get install winecfg && sudo apt-get install winetricks
      Now if you want to make the use of this even easier, I recommend you make use of PlayOnLinux which will help you a lot with the configuration of your applications in Wine.

  2.   Jose luis mateo said

    Hello friend:

    I want to give Wine another chance, although I have been very fed up with the poor installation of some applications that took forever and I had to give up.

    I don't know why but version 3.0 appears to me. Have we not agreed that it was 3.18?

    How farragosisimo is this of the installation of wine.

    1.    David naranjo said

      You must be in the stable version. I tell you there are two versions of Wine that can be installed.
      1.- Stable
      2.- Development version.
      3.18 is a development version. From my point of view it is better to be in a stable version, even if at the moment you do not have all the improvements that can be in a development version but you avoid problems in executions and especially if you use software that you use continuously.
      Now with a development version you gain all the updates and solutions that have been given so far, the disadvantage is that you can find instability and sudden closures.
      Each has its own pros and cons. But as I said, the Wine development team this year has been working hard and Wine updates have been presented more and more in shorter times.

  3.   leonardo ramirez said

    Greetings. The instructions put here do not work:

    sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel
    Reading package list ... Done
    Creating dependency tree
    Reading the status information ... Done
    E: The winehq-devel package could not be located

    Any solution?