Phoronix has been reporting
for a while a now that it looks like Wine 1.4 would be released by April of 2012. This looks like it will all pan out with Wine 1.4 now entering a code freeze and 1.4-rc1 was released this Friday rather than a Wine 1.3 development point release.
Replacing the bi-weekly Wine 1.3 development point release is now the release candidates for Wine 1.4. As of now, Wine is under a code freeze period to ready this major release; it's been nearly two years since Wine 1.2 was released
in July of 2010.
As far as what's new since the Wine 1.3.37
release two weeks ago, there is:
- Improved crash dialog with support for saving the backtrace.
- Support for the Back button in built-in Internet Explorer.
- Keyboard accelerators can now be translated through po files.
- A number of installer fixes.
- Many translation updates and tweaks.
- Various bug fixes.
There are the release notes on WineHQ.org
for those interested in 1.4-rc1. As said on that page, "Please give this release a good testing to help us make 1.4 as good as possible."
With Wine 1.4 being the first major release in two years, there's a hell of a lot of changes to look forward to with this next stable version. Among the changes are better Shader Model 4.0 support
, some ARM support
, lots of fixes
, an OpenCL wrapper
, DOSBox integration
, browser updates
, X Input 2 support
, better Direct3D 9.0 support
, a better Internet Explorer
, faster performance
, and the DIB engine
, among many other improvements and at least hundreds of bug-fixes.
When Wine 1.4 is officially available, CodeWeavers will release CrossOver 11
(along with their CrossOver Games edition).