Sunday, April 3, 2016

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.7 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.7 is now available Linux and Mac OSX.

What's new in this release:
  • More work towards the WineD3D command stream.
  • More support for Shader Model 5 shaders.
  • C++ exception handling on x86-64.
  • Support for Windows-style static import libraries.
  • Performance fixes in the XML writer.
  • Various bug fixes.
The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

 Bugs fixed in 1.9.7 (total 42):

  10063  wineconsole run fail on korean locale.
  10156  oleidl.h has OLECONTF_ONLYUSER misspelled
  12400  Display problems in Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb with vertex shader enabled
  15537  Game "PURE" shows black screen
  19081  Force closing winhlp32 without a file loaded pops up an error dialog (appinstall)
  19171  Powerpoint viewer 2003 & 2007 show weird characters (appinstall)
  19538  Microsoft Publisher 2007 and 2010 crash when opening documents/templates (TSF manager 'ITextStoreACPSink' must support QI with 'IID_ITextStoreACPServices')
  19585  Water is red in Settlers: Heritage of Kings demo
  20695  Cannot scroll documents being compared in winmerge
  26767  U-he Tyrell, Uhbik and ACE vst plugins: GUI Knob bug (image files files not being sorted correctly)
  26942  CSPRO 4 editing : context menu on grid header not working properly
  26978  tokenadmin.exe crash : Unimplemented function winscard.dll.SCardListReadersA
  28172  Civilization II crashes on startup
  29319  Internet Explorer 8 fails to start an InPrivate Browsing session
  29979  ElsterFormular crashes when trying to print already sent income tax return
  30488  IE8 shows corrupted previews on the quick tabs screen
  31393  Nvidia force antialiasing no longer works
  32347  Alien8 and Head Over Heels crash when window is moved partly off-screen
  35092  Multiple 64-bit applications need __CxxFrameHandler implementation (Ableton Live 9.1, Adobe Cloud apps)
  35711  Winelib: compile error in wincon.h if NOGDI is defined before #include
  36136  oleaut32/tests/vartest.c test shows a couple leaks with valgrind
  36297  valgrind shows uninitialized memory in msxml3/tests/domdoc.c
  36383  valgrind shows several uninitialized values in ddraw_CreateSurface() in ddraw/tests/dsurface.c
  36748  valgrind shows two possible leaks in d3drm/tests/d3drm.c
  38347  Canon PIXMA MP495 driver setup needs setupapi.dll.SetupDiSetDeviceInstallParamsW
  38670  advapi32/registry tests shows several uninitialized values
  38971  Allied Telesis Smart Switch Management Utility v1.0.0.7 crashes on unimplemented function mgmtapi.dll.SnmpMgrTrapListen
  39215  Nvidia GeForce GTX960M detected as GTX470
  39435  The 64 bit mshtml:xmlhttprequest fails on Windows 8/10
  39667  dinput: MotoGP 3 demo launcher crashes on leaving key configuration dialog.
  39681  Unimplemented function crypt32.dll.CryptMsgVerifyCountersignatureEncoded
  39786  GoodSync crashes, needs oleaut32.OleLoadPictureFile
  40048  Camtasia Studio 8 : crashes on unimplemented function dwmapi.dll.DwmSetPresentParameters
  40081  CLM Explorer needs fontsub.dll.CreateFontPackage
  40113  mshtml:xmlhttprequest regression
  40135  msvcirt.c:1386:5: warning: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always false
  40182  Elder Scrolls Online: Login connection issues
  40297  Multiple app crashes in macdrv_EnumDisplayMonitors
  40304  EveHQ2 crashes with builtin gdiplus
  40306  Overexposed/wrong gamma? on The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky SC
  40319  VerbAce Dictionary does not install correctly
  40331  The Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky SC crashes on start with runtime error R6025

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Q4Wine 1.3.0 has been released for Linux and OSX

Q4Wine is a Qt GUI for Wine. It will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications. It currently supported on Linux, FreeBSD and OSX platforms.

Q4Wine was initially written by Alexey S. Malakhov aka John Brezerk. General idea comes from WineTools scripts which were initially written by Frank Hendriksen.

 General features are:
  • Can export Qt color theme into wine colors settings;
  • Can easy work with different wine versions at same time;
  • Easy creating, deleting and managing prefixes (WINEPREFIX);
  • Easy controlling for wine process;
  • Autostart icons support;
  • Easy cd-image use;
  • You can extract icons from PE files (.exe .dll);
  • Easy backup and restore for managed prefixes;
  • Winetriks support;
  • And more: Explore it!;
Version changes since v1.3
  • Taiwan translation (thx 2 Jeff Huang);
  • Use icons from the system icon theme where possible BUG-22;
  • Replace default raster icons with SVG analogs BUG-21;
  • Extend App icons zoom sizes up to 512px BUG-21;
  • Allow to choose .svg and .svgz images for icons BUG-21;
  • Add an app option to switch default/ambiance-light/ambiance-dark icon BUG-21;
  • Use ISO country codes for translation files (required for: pootle, gentoo ebuild);
  • Use native language name for language selection;
  • WineLibs paths are no longer strictly required BUG-68;
  • Process explorer is broken BUG-70;

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Sourceforge Community Choice Project of the Month Wine

For our April “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the community elected Wine, an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix. Marcus Meissner, longtime developer of Wine, shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the Wine project please.
Marcus Meissner (MM): The Wine project was launched with the goal to run Windows applications on the Linux operating system and also to provide a porting environment for Windows applications to Linux.

As it was launched around 1993 these were mostly Windows 3.1 applications.

SF: What made you start this?
MM: We started this project because a commercial vendor (WABI) alternative has shown it feasible to do and we wanted to provide an opensource implementation.

SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
MM: Yes, its original vision has been achieved after 15 years of development we had declared a Wine 1.0 release in 2008.
It took very long as Windows itself is a moving target.
Various commercial products embed Wine or are actually Wine in a commercial offering. Nearly every Linux user [has] heard of Wine.

Full interview

Codeweavers CrossOver 15.1.0 for Linux and Mac OSX has been released

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 15.1.0 for both Mac OSX and Linux.  CrossOver 15.1.0 has important bug fixes for both Mac and Linux users.

Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to CrossOver 15.1.0 the next time they launch CrossOver Mac.  Linux users can download the latest version from

Change Log For CrossOver Mac and Linux :

 15.1.0 CrossOver - March 31, 2016
  • Mac OS X:
    • Improved some confusing behavior in CrossOver's Software Installer.
    • Fixed a bug where CrossOver's Software Installer would hang while looking for compatible bottles.
    • Improved our resilience to custom Python installations. We now refrain from loading custom Python module installed in system directories, which prevents crashes when incompatible modules are present.
    • Improved security for Sparkle updates.
  • General Improvements
    • Fixed a problem initializing some fonts with dwrite, which could cause Steam to fail.
    • Fixed a bug in setting CrossOver's anti-virus scanner from a configuration file.
  • Application Support:
    • Fixed a bug which caused Heroes of the Storm to freeze.
    • Fixed a bug which prevented login to World of Warcraft.
    • Fixed some graphical problems in Alekhine's Gun on Intel graphics hardware.
    • Fixed a bug which caused Microsoft Excel to hang when accepting non-English input via an Input Method Editor.

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