1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Wine 1.4 Officially Released After Two Years

WINE

Published on 07 March 2012 12:06 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in WINE
4 Comments

To finally replace the stable Wine 1.2 release after nearly two years is Wine 1.4.

The Wine 1.4 release comes just one day after CodeWeavers released CrossOver XI, which is their latest major step in their commercial-based Mac OS X / Linux software for running Windows applications. CrossOver XI is based on the Wine 1.4 code-base.

The Wine 1.4 release announcement can be found at WineHQ.org. Over the past 20 months there's been more than 16,000 changes. Among the many Wine 1.4 changes are a DIB engine implementation, JavaScript improvements, better performance, slightly better Direct3D, and X Input 2.0 support.

The 1.4 release announcement mentions, "The main highlights are the new DIB graphics engine, a redesigned audio stack, and full support for bidirectional text and character shaping. It also contains a lot of improvements across the board, as well as support for many new applications, notably Microsoft Office 2010."

On the graphics side, the Device Independent Bitmaps (DIB) engine is a huge improvement for many applications, Wine also now better uses the X RENDER extension, there is now support for multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA), an improved blitter, support for v-sync / swap intervals, performance improvements, OpenGL extension handling improvements, the DirectDraw implementation is much better, and the D3DX9 shader assembler is nearly finished.

There's also the completely re-designed audio stack that's drived from Microsoft's Windows Vista audio model (with re-written ALSA/OSS/CoreAudio drivers), support for animated mouse cursors, better internationalization, GStreamer support for audio and video playback, and support for system tray notification balloons. Again, see the release announcement for full details.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Acer B286HK: A 28-inch UHD LED 4K Monitor For As Low As $350
  2. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  3. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  4. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Mesa Git Yields Performance Improvements For Newer AMD GPUs
  2. Apple OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance
  3. Mesa 10.5-devel Brings Some Intel Haswell HD Graphics Changes Over Mesa 10.3
  4. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
Latest Linux News
  1. Devuan: Debian Without Systemd
  2. Wine 1.7.32 Updates Its Mono Engine
  3. Mesa 10.4 Release Candidate 3 Is Here For Weekend Testing
  4. GenodeOS 14.11 Now Supports Intel's Wireless Hardware
  5. Jolla Tablet Could Have Upgrades For MicroSDHC, Split Screen, 3.5G
  6. Intel Has Last Round Of DRM Changes For Linux 3.19, Starts Dropping DRI1/UMS
  7. Fedora 21 Release Candidate 1 Awaits Your Testing
  8. GCC 5 Adds Support For ARM's Cortex-A17
  9. KWayland Server Component Coming For KDE Plasma 5.2
  10. NVIDIA Posts Tegra Gallium3D Patch For K1+ Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Aliens vs predator for Linux
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Hurrican SDL Port
  4. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  5. how to configure module phoromatic ?
  6. PulseAudio 6.0 Is Coming & Other Linux Audio Plans For The Future
  7. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  8. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k