Wine 1.5.5 Supports Mono As An Add-On
Written by Michael Larabel in WINE on 26 May 2012 at 07:47 AM EDT. 8 Comments
Wine 1.5.5 was released on Friday as the latest bi-weekly development snapshot. This latest release provides some Mono and .NET improvements.

Key features of Wine 1.5.5 include:

- Support for installing Mono as a Wine add-on package.
- Dithering of pattern brushes in the DIB engine.
- Support for installing the .NET 4.0 runtime.
- DDS files supported in D3DX9.
- Various bug fixes.

The main items are support for Mono as a Wine add-on and the .NET 4.0 run-time installation support. On a related note, Wine-Mono was recently updated.

The DDS files in Direct3D/DirectX 9.0 are important, but it's unfortunate that the level of support for this Microsoft graphics API continues to lag behind -- similar to the Mesa support lagging behind a great deal in terms of support for the latest OpenGL specifications. DDS files for Direct3D are used for storing compressed/uncompressed DXTn textures.

More information on Wine 1.5.5 is available from WineHQ.org.
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