Pages

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.13 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine development release 1.9.13 is now available for Linux and Mac.

The Wine development release 1.9.13 is now available.
What's new in this release:
  • New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 47.
  • More Shader Model 5 support in Direct3D.
  • Unicode data updated to Unicode 9.0.0.
  • Improvements to GDI paths and metafiles.
  • More progress towards the Direct3D command stream.
  • Joystick support improvements on Mac OS X.
  • 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 1.9.13 (total 34):

  12851  LEGO Rock Raiders amstream crash
  17524  K-Meleon 1.5.2 crashes on startup
  17887  Poor graphics (black squares) observed using Many faces of Go program
  18745  64-bit Mortal Kombat X crashes on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.GetLargePageMinimum
  21817  Demoscene 4K demos can't cope with Wine builtin d3dx9_xx dll functions being forwarded (Elevated, fr-057)
  22819  Some applications like Heroes of Might and Magic 2 display loopback.
  23725  Slow typewriting in IBExpert SQL Editor
  25458  Saints Row 2 (Steam) crashes when entering game.
  34046  GUIMiner crashes when trying to start mining.
  35228  RC Cars hangs when music changes
  35439  Blackguards demo (non-Steam) shows black screen after launch
  35847  wined3d does not recognize cards newer than GTX 770
  37128  Clang: Uninitialized variable in a condition in atl_ax.c
  37271  Applications get IP address of 127.12.34.56 when lo0 is up on OSX
  38962  expr.c:234 and 235 attempted computation of 1 << 31 should be 1u << 31
  39172  Fonts rendered as black blobs in StartWrite 6.0
  39185  GetPath fails to return the path when using Metafile DC.
  40310  Elder Scrolls Online D3D11 needs d3dx11_43.dll.D3DX11CompileFromMemory
  40404  Subterrain crashes on loading with wine: Call from 0x7b43c49c to unimplemented function d3dcompiler_47.dll.D3DLoadModule, aborting
  40484  Motocross Madness broken geometry on Intel card (works on LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE)
  40496  Copy/Past from file to registration bar not working
  40540  ReadIntervalTimeout is ignored if there is data in the buffer when ReadFile is called and no data arrives after that
  40581  Regression: dsound input recording from microphone lags with 2 seconds delay
  40747  Microsoft Expression Web 4 crashes on startup, needs gdiplus.dll.GdipGetImageAttributesAdjustedPalette
  40754  GOG Galaxy crashes with unimplemented function api-ms-win-crt-locale-l1-1-0.dll._lock_locales
  40755  GOG Galaxy crashes with unimplemented function ucrtbase.dll._lock_locales
  40756  GOG Galaxy crashes with unimplemented function api-ms-win-crt-heap-l1-1-0.dll._calloc_base
  40765  Python 3.5.1 interpreter crashes, needs __fpe_flt_rounds
  40770  Nvidia GeForce GT 730 not recognized properly
  40775  Emergency 3 crashes after starting
  40790  Necrovision demo crashes with unimplemented function d3dx10_43.dll.D3DX10FilterTexture
  40796  Python 3.5.1 interpreter crashes when importing pyqtSlot
  40806  AMD TressFX11 demo crashes with unimplemented function d3dx11_43.dll.D3DX11GetImageInfoFromMemory
  40853  WeatherSmart 1.8 needs hid.dll.HidD_GetAttributes

MacOS and Windows software bundles, save up to 90% off the normal retail price only at BundleHunt.
 

The WineHQ Wine stable release 1.8.3 is now available for Linux and Mac

The WineHQ Wine stable release 1.8.3 is now available for Linux and Mac.

What's new in this release:
  • Various bug fixes.
  • A lot of NVidia cards added to the GPU description table.
  • Updates to the National Language Support files.
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 1.8.3 (total 54):

  10063  wineconsole run fail on korean locale.
  17257  TeX2Word will not install
  20695  Cannot scroll documents being compared in winmerge
  23768  winhelp: Some images not shown in certain 16-bit Help files
  24421  MJ's Help Diagnostics crashes on startup (app provided MonitorEnumProc callback relies on ECX = lprcMonitor)
  25790  WM_SETTEXT handler for the user32 buttons generates WM_CTLCOLOR* inconsistent with Windows user32
  26978  tokenadmin.exe crash : Unimplemented function winscard.dll.SCardListReadersA
  27680  Multiple 64-bit applications crash on startup (violation of the Windows 64-bit ABI, stack pointer (RSP) must be 16-byte aligned when making a call to Win64 API)
  28082  OCCT Perestro├»ka needs hal.dll.READ_PORT_ULONG
  28177  Adventure games from Kheops Studio hang after the logo screen (Safecracker, Destination: Treasure Island, Nostradamus: Lost Prophecy, Dracula 3, Return to Mysterious Island 2)
  28825  Mystic Diary - Haunted Island: Multiple sprite-related bugs in hidden object scenes
  29979  ElsterFormular crashes when trying to print already sent income tax return
  31662  Office 2010 font embedding when exporting to PDF
  32451  Multiple GOG.com installer bundles show a broken/unresponsive dialog window during installation (installer process running out of wndproc slots)
  32979  Metal Gear Solid Crash
  34070  Simutronics 'StormFront.exe' runs out of wndproc slots (ActiveSkin control)
  34851  Multiple applications need kernel32 GetFinalPathNameByHandleA/W (64-bit Autodesk Fusion 360, Microsoft OneDrive)
  35054  Dragon Age 2 system diagnostics tool fails to recognize GeForce GT 425M
  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
  36031  GeForce 9700M incorrectly detected as 9400
  37087  Gothic 2 english demo fails with 'Conflict: a hook process was found. Please deactivate all Antivirus and Anti-Trojan programs and debuggers.'
  38102  Process Hacker 2.x needs winsta.dll.WinStationEnumerateW
  39092  Regression introduced with xaudio2_8
  39215  Nvidia GeForce GTX960M detected as GTX470
  39543  Multiple games and applications crash on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.FreeUserPhysicalPages (Microsoft Office 2007 diagnosis service, Eden Eternal)
  39657  Tencent QQ 7.6  crashes on unimplemented function ntoskrnl.exe.PsRemoveLoadImageNotifyRoutine
  39667  dinput: MotoGP 3 demo launcher crashes on leaving key configuration dialog.
  39681  Unimplemented function crypt32.dll.CryptMsgVerifyCountersignatureEncoded
  39730  FillRect() confuses 16bit brush handles with color constants
  39759  Add support for detect  Nvidia TITAN Black in wine3d/device list
  39786  GoodSync crashes, needs oleaut32.OleLoadPictureFile
  39796  SCP Containment Breach page fault
  39918  Mail.Ru GameCenter installer does not work
  39940  Stars! tooltips have wrong background color
  40048  Camtasia Studio 8 : crashes on unimplemented function dwmapi.dll.DwmSetPresentParameters
  40081  CLM Explorer needs fontsub.dll.CreateFontPackage
  40108  kernel32:process regression
  40135  msvcirt.c:1386:5: warning: comparison of unsigned expression < 0 is always false
  40244  PostThreadMessage with WM_NOTIFY message should succeed
  40246  Please document WINEBUILD in the winegcc manpage
  40286  Geforce 980 maxwell card is not properly detected
  40297  Multiple app crashes in macdrv_EnumDisplayMonitors
  40304  EveHQ2 crashes with builtin gdiplus
  40348  Nvidia 800 series cards not detected correctly
  40389  cmd.exe (native): Unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.GetConsoleAliasExesLengthW
  40396  Windows SDK DirectWrite sample crashes on uninitialized parameter
  40456  NFS MW + NFS Carbon: Car is flying above/under the track (D3DXVec3Transform needs arguments aliasing)
  40466  Midnight Commander needs KERNEL32.dll.GetConsoleFontInfo
  40473  wine fails to compile with >=glibc-2.23
  40487  3dmark Vantage Benchmark: unimplemented functions hal.dll.READ and WRITE PORT
  40493  Prison Tycoon 4 crashes on start up needing msvcp71.dll.??$?5DU?$char_traits@D@std@@@std@@YAAAV?$basic_istream@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@@0@AAV10@AAC@Z
  40517  Office 2007 shows error message "Unexpected error during export" when trying to export document as PDF file
  40525  schannel:main does not recognize package version 0x400000


MacOS and Windows software bundles, save up to 90% off the normal retail price only at BundleHunt.
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Running Mac OSX and Linux in a Windows world

Many IT shops don't give a second thought to supporting Mac and Linux OSes because they're concerned with standardization. Windows is the go-to, but alternative OSes deserve some love.

Windows 10 will likely become the most used desktop operating system at some point, but Apple's Mac OS X and Linux have their purposes and places in the enterprise, too.


Many servers around the world run Linux, but on the desktop, the OS is used mainly by academics, researchers and developers. Amazon and Google use Linux to support many business processes, and U.S. Department of Defense employees use a Linux-based operating system on a CD or USB stick to log in to secure networks from untrusted PCs while they are away from the office.

Macs have historically been preferred by graphic designers and digital artists, and today executives and frequent travelers join that list because Macs offer better security and seamless integration with Apple iOS devices.

Pretty much everybody else uses Windows. Mac OS X accounts for less than 10% of the overall desktop market share, and Linux desktops fall into the "Other" category. They're grouped with Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and old versions of Mac OS X. It's hard to believe that systems as feature-rich and robust as the latest Ubuntu, Fedora and Mint distributions fall into the collective crumb bin of overall market share.

Advantages of Mac OS X and Linux

 

It might look like Mac OS X and Linux fill too narrow a niche for enterprise use, but they're simply underrated. They have been forced out of the mainstream as many IT shops look to standardize OSes and hardware to streamline support and maintenance.

But Mac OS X and Linux are far less susceptible to malware than Windows. OS X in particular includes code-signing to prevent most types of malware. Because Windows is the dominant desktop OS, malware creators target it much more often than any other OS. Fortifying the Windows OS and cleaning up after an attack cost IT an enormous amount of money every year.

Mac OS X and Linux are much more stable and reliable than Windows, and Linux is hands down the most forgiving of older peripherals and legacy hardware. A modern Linux distribution runs reasonably well on a computer built for Windows XP. That same computer might not be able to run Windows 10, and drivers could be a major issue. Additionally, the productivity software packages available for Mac and Linux are comparable to Microsoft Office -- and in some cases compatible with it. Linux productivity suites are usually free.

Integrating Mac and Linux clients on a Windows enterprise network

 

Windows and Macs have built-in features that provide simple file sharing across a network. Samba is a software application that allows Linux and Windows to share files and printers. It works fine on smaller networks, but is quickly outclassed or becomes impractical on large networks that run Active Directory.

Recent releases of Mac OS X and Linux work with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which lets Mac and Linux PCs join Active Directory much like a Windows client. With the Clients for Additional Operating Systems module, IT administrators can use SCCM to discover, audit, enforce settings and push patches to Mac, Linux and Unix computers.

Admins can also use management software such as the Casper Suite from JAMF Software for Mac integration, which is similar to SCCM. Active Directory bridging is available from a number of companies -- such as Centrify and BeyondTrust -- to manage Linux and Mac systems in a Windows environment.

Another option to support Macs is to run OS X Server on the network. It doesn't include Active Directory components, as of this writing, but an admin can use the server's Profile Manager to set Mac policies based on Active Directory groups. The Mac clients served by OS X Server can communicate with Windows clients, share files, share printers and more.

Regarding email and Microsoft Exchange, Mac OS X's Mail and Calendar can connect, but will run with fewer hiccups if IMAP and POP3 are enabled in Exchange. Several Linux email clients provide support for Exchange.

Running Windows programs on Mac OS X and Linux

 

Companies that want to run Windows applications on certain Mac or Linux systems can look to the free open source program Wine for help. It's a compatibility layer that can run Windows applications on other OSes. CodeWeaver CrossOver Linux is a similar option for Linux distributions. Admins can also install a virtual machine, such as Oracle VirtualBox or Parallels Desktop for Mac, and then run a Windows OS and associated applications with full network connectivity.

MacOS and Windows software bundles, save up to 90% off the normal retail price only at BundleHunt.
 

Vineyard now has CrossOver support Wine Staging features and more

Vineyard for Ubuntu and Linux has seen some development during the past few weeks and has received bug-fixes and new features! Some of the more advanced functionality – Vineyard now supports CodeWeavers CrossOver – New support has been added for Wine-Staging !


Here are some of the changes from the last two weeks of development:

New Features:
  • Support for CrossOver.
  • Auto-detection of supported Wine features.
  • Support for a number of Staging features and common patches:
    • CSMT (both dll and patched versions, ie. Wine-Staging, CrossOver and custom Wine versions are all supported)
    • DXVA2 VAAPI
    • EAX Emulation
  • “Run in a terminal” option when launching Windows executables (with vineyard-launcher).
Fixes and Improvements:
  • Safer detection of installed Wine versions.
  • Support for user installed Wine versions in $HOME/.local/share/wineversions.
  • Better support for launching programs from desktop shortcuts.
  • Updated the Windows version information to match the latest Wine releases.
  • Added support for 64bit Windows XP configuration.

And since a picture is worth a thousand words:


The new prefix creation dialogue

New builds in the PPA

I’ve overhauled the packaging of Vineyard, and we now have builds back up for all LTS (long term support) Ubuntu releases going back to 12.04 (Precise) as well as for 15.10 (Wily) and 16.04 (Xenial). 16.04 deprecated the python-support package in favor of dh-python (in line with Debian), so Vineyard can now be built using both.

The name of the vineyard-testing PPA has also been changed to “PPA for Vineyard” as it really is the current stable PPA; the link is the same, so there’s no need to change your APT configuration.

MacOS and Windows software bundles, save up to 90% off the normal retail price only at BundleHunt.