WINE 6.0-rc1 now available, arrives with updated Gecko engine and more than 450 changes

WINE 6.0-rc1

After released two weeks agoWe already have a new development version of the software to run Windows apps on other operating systems, such as Linux. But what can be proven now is WINE 6.0-rc1, something more important and for which WineHQ has published two notes. In the first, shorter, they speak to us of this landing, mentioning that «WINE 6.0 marks the beginning of the annual code freeze period", while second It is the usual one where they give us many more details.

Since v5.22 last week, 53 bugs have been fixed and a total of 457 changes. They are many more than the average of the usual 300 and practically double than on other occasions, but no less was expected from a release in which, although it is true that it is not a stable version, it is also that it changes in number.

WINE 6.0-rc1 highlights

As usual, WineHQ details all the changes in its note (the second one), but only mentions a few as highlights:

  • Gecko engine has been updated.
  • The WindowsCodecs and QCap libraries have been converted to PE.
  • Faster font startup in the startup process.
  • Support for named pipes with empty names.
  • Various bug fixes.

Interested users can now install WINE 6.0-rc1 from its source code, available in this y this other link, or from binaries that can be downloaded from here. In the link from where we can download the binaries there is also information to add the official project repository to receive this and other future updates as soon as they are ready for systems like Ubuntu / Debian or Fedora, but there are also versions for Android and macOS .

The next development version should be WINE 6.0-rc2 and, if there are no surprises, which I dare to advance, it will not happen seeing how punctual they are in WineHQ, it will arrive on December 18. Among the improvements that it will introduce, the only thing we can assure you is that will come with hundreds of small improvements and corrections as usual.

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