Wine 4.0 is Here with Significant New Features

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Not everyone prefers to use Wine. But, if you have a favourite app/service that is not yet available for Linux, you can try Wine in order to run Windows apps or games.

For those who are not aware of Wine, it’s a software that lets you run Windows-only applications and games on Linux. Want iTune on Linux, Wine is your best bet.

Don’t get too excited. You cannot run all Windows-only software and games flawlessly with Wine. Some software works fine while some won’t start at all or crash way too often.

Even though Wine isn’t perfect – it is making some significant improvements. At least it tries to provide you with a way to use the popular Windows applications that are not available for Linux.

Wine 4.0 stable release has officially landed and you can get started installing it.
The key changes that comes with Wine 4.0 as stated in its official announcement are:

  • Vulkan support.
  • Direct3D 12 support (Direct3D 12 support requires the vkd3d library, and a Vulkan-capable graphics card).
  • Game controllers support.
  • High-DPI support on Android.

So, this is a very important list of upgrades – at least if you are gamer, Vulkan support and Direct3D 12 support is a big deal. Although, you need a GPU which supports that.

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