USB Support For Wine Is Being Discussed Again
Written by Michael Larabel in WINE on 11 May 2015 at 10:24 AM EDT. 22 Comments
Per the latest World Wine News (WWN), USB support for Wine is being discussed yet again but as of right now it's not clear if any new work will materialize as a result of the latest discussions.

There's been various USB efforts over the years in the Wine world for supporting different USB devices within Wine so that the Windows applications can communicate directly with devices from security dongles to storage devices to iPhones to other random devices that were designed for a Microsoft world. Sadly, while the Wine software is almost twenty-two years old and USB has been around for about eighteen years, USB support is one of the most significant sore spots for this open-source project.

Fortunately, Linux hardware support for various USB devices continue to improve so the need for USB Wine support to utilize Linux-unfriendly devices is diminishing, but there's still an apparent need by some users. Those interested in the latest Wine USB discussion can see the threads linked from today's World Wine News.

Do you have a need for USB in Wine? Let us know via the forums and what USB devices you're still having issues with under Linux.
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