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    Phoronix: Wine 8.16 Restarts Work On Implementing Microsoft's Deprecated DirectMusic API

    Wine 8.16 is out as the newest bi-weekly development release for this open-source software to enjoy Windows games and applications under Linux and other platforms...

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    Back during the 2000s, I have used DirectMusic Producer to produce a song called "Like a Rock" and my family loved it. When I was at Test Track during that time, my dad said "Grayson, here comes the song." I've had lots of fun using DirectMusic Producer and I even explored the samples that came with DirectX 6.1 SDK (and probably DirectX 7 SDK if I remember correctly).

    I believe it was this commercial that inspired me to create that song. I just love the 80s. I'm an 80s fanatic.

    A commercial for Chevrolet's Silverado HD, with the slogan "Like a Rock," from 2001.


    Good times, man. Good times.

    Alas, time moves on and I'm not interested in motor vehicles anymore. I envy people driving their vehicles, but not anymore. And despite my visual impairment, I have no desire to purchase a driveless vehicle due to privacy concerns. Of course, I digressed.

    And it's great that Wine developers are getting DirectMusic API implemented! Maybe I could use DirectMusic to produce music for fun! Of course, I do see DirectMusic providing some interactive musical experiences for games. I felt bad when Microsoft deprecated DirectMusic. But I could see creating a 1-hour loop of an overworld music for a JRPG game. Makes for a much smaller file size with MIDI compared to OGG. Of course, MIDI is just a language for providing instructions on what key to press at what velocity and be able to control the expressiveness of each instruments.
    Last edited by GraysonPeddie; 15 September 2023, 04:48 PM.

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    • #3
      In this wine version, I can think about music on rise of nations

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      • #4
        As soon as I read 'DirectMusic' my brain started playing the demo tune from DxDiag.

        What has Windows done to my brain?!

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        • #5
          Awesome, it's great to see WINE going and targeting missing components of old DirectX. This is exactly what I've been hoping would happen. WINE is the basis for a lot of compatibility layers not just WINE. It will be interesting to see how the progresses.

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          • #6
            I guess WINE is trying to be "More Windows Than Windows" ?

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            • #7
              There is a small to mid-size chance that WINE will replace windows... and then Linux will take over

              In all honestly though this is awesome. I can play legacy games on Linux better than windows!

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              • #8
                But can it run iTunes yet?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NotMine999 View Post
                  I guess WINE is trying to be "More Windows Than Windows" ?
                  WINE supports games that you cannot play anymore in Windows 11

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                  • #10
                    Why "alas"?

                    The #1 reason I care about PCs over macs or consoles is backwards compatibility, and I currently have dedicated airgapped gaming boxes running Windows 98SE, Windows XP, and Windows 7 because Wine is such a crapshoot for games like Dungeon Keeper 2, The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, etc.‚Äč

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