Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Q4Wine 1.3.9 has been released for Linux and Mac 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 Mac OS X 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!;

Changelog for 1.3.9 :

  • Fixed build with Qt >= 5.11 BUG-125;
  • Error: wrong or broken XML data. Try again later. BUG-132;
  • winetricks: Proxy settings are used even if proxy type set to 'none';
  • Custom virtual desktop resolution size BUG-131;
  • gui_sudo missing in Ubuntu 18.04 BUG-120;

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lutris 0.4.19 has been released

Lutris helps you install and play video games from all eras and from most gaming systems. By leveraging and combining existing emulators, engine re-implementations and compatibility layers, it gives you a central interface to launch all your games.

The client can connect with existing services like Humble Bundle, GOG and Steam to make your game libraries easily available. Game downloads and installations are automated and can be modified through user made scripts.

Download this version of Lutris from here.

Changelog :

  • Prioritize winetricks from the runtime
  • Populate DXVK versions with github releases
  • Add support for DirectX 10 with DXVK
  • Fix detection of xgamma
  • Add 24BPP option for Xephyr
  • Restore Alsa option for Wine
  • Prepend additional system paths to runtime

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Valve Changes Everything: Windows Exclusive Games Now Run On Steam For Linux

I had to blink a few times at today's news from Valve HQ. While we knew it was working on something special to run Windows games on the Steam for Linux client, I didn't expect an announcement this huge, and I didn't expect it so soon. Let's not draw out the suspense. Here's a quote directly from Valve: "Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support."

Valve just dropped what's arguably the biggest and most exciting news to hit Linux in years, and that includes SteamOS and the (admittedly failed) Steam Machines movement. This is a different animal. For folks who've wanted to ditch Windows and cite gaming as their biggest reason not to, this could change a lot of minds. Let's get into the details.

For the past two years, Valve has been funding and working on improving existing solutions for Linux that offer compatibility layers for Windows games, such as WINE. WINE, maintained by CodeWeavers, is by far the most widely used tool that allows most -- but not all -- Windows games and software to run on Linux with varying degrees of success. But it's often tricky to get them running smoothly, if at all, even with more elegant software front-ends like Lutris.

Valve is seemingly taking the headaches out of the equation. No more tinkering, no more dependency nightmares, no more guesswork. They've developed their own libraries and a custom version of WINE called Proton. It's open source, meaning anyone can contribute to it and use their own versions within Steam. All of this is being released inside a new Beta version of Steam Play.

Fans of Vulkan, the "close to the metal" graphics API used in games like DOOM, will certainly love the next bit of news: Valve has also made significant contributions to DXVK, and VKD3D, projects that essentially convert DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 (respectively) API calls to Vulkan on the fly. With the Steam Play update on Linux, all DX11 and DX12 implementations are now based on Vulkan. This means a dramatic performance boost compared to OpenGL.

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The WineHQ Wine development release 3.15 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

The WineHQ Wine development release 3.15 is now available for Linux FreeBSD and macOS

What's new in this release:
  • Support for DPI scaling on Android.
  • HID device support in Raw Input.
  • Many more new icons in Shell32.
  • WinHTTP converted to use Windows Sockets.
  • Syntax fixes in the command line interpreter.
  • 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 3.15 (total 44):

   5610  psexec from pstools doesn't work (needs mpr.WNetAddConnection2W implementation)
  19182  Allow to completely disable MIME-type and application integration
  22333  Total Commander: Application freezes when the current directory field is editable, and you right-click a regular file and click Properties
  28037  cmd: sharing violation when using redirections
  30185  SuperPower 2 demo crashes on launch
  30487  Add icons for 'My Network Places', 'My favorites'
  31744  Multiple GFWL (Games For Windows Live) 3.5 games crash on startup due to incomplete Windows LiveID install (Street Fighter X Tekken)
  36884  Drakensang: The Dark Eye demo crashes on startup (needs d3dx9_36.dll.D3DXCreateTeapot implementation)
  37525  Bionic Commando: No shadows mapping
  37636  u-center from u-blox crashes when attempting to add a log to screen
  37834  RtlSetCurrentDirectory_U prepends "UNC\" for network paths; the resulting path is invalid
  38565  Total Commander fails to redraw long list with Source: Filename setting
  39754  Multisample resolve is not implemented for typeless resources (EVE Online, Hearthstone, Just Cause 2, Outcast Second Contact, VRChat)
  39906  ODB++ Viewer fails to install due to improper bat file handling (quoting or delimiting problem)
  41376  Firefox Ver 49 will not run on Wine 1.8
  41652  Uplay cannot connect/login to Server
  41914  incorrect execute path within nested if (else) statement
  42870  CurrentBuild registry value is missing
  42998  HeidiSQL requires IDispenserManager implementation.
  43036  SetNamedPipeHandleState returns ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED when setting PIPE_NOWAIT
  43911  Invisible menus in Rise of Nations Extended Edition
  44356  Neverwinter: some ingame objects don't render properly
  44369  cmd's %0 path variables (e.g. %~dp0) wrong inside subroutine call
  44653  Everquest Titanium (Project 1999): Significant performance regression from 3.1 to 3.2
  44879  Multiple games crash on unimplemented function api-ms-win-core-timezone-l1-1-0.dll.GetDynamicTimeZoneInformationEffectiveYears (Universe Sandbox 2, Phoenix Point, Trailmakers)
  45084  winebus blocks startup for several seconds when HID devices are detected via udev
  45317  updating wine mono does not change version in uninstaller.exe
  45365  Multiple .NET XNA 3.x/4.x games using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Media classes crash due to IWMPCore3::newMedia stub
  45366  A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda 1.x (.NET 2.0, XNA 3.1 game) crashes during intro ('quartz' BasicAudio_put_Volume must return E_NOTIMPL if audio renderer filter not present)
  45468  Phase Shift: tails on sustain notes not visible unless GLSL is disabled
  45475  XM6 Type G: Can't type a specific symbol key on Japanese keyboard.
  45478  World of Warcraft: graphical artifacts since 8.0 (BfA)
  45506  Waves Central: Plugins don't install anymore
  45568  League of Legends 8.12+ fails to start a game (anticheat engine, validation of loaded DLLs)
  45646  chromium 64-bit sandbox >=win8 needs NtCreateLowBoxToken
  45654  CreateNamedPipeW fails when pipe name starts with \\??\\
  45655  Acronis Storage Filter Management Driver 'fltsrv.sys' crashes on unimplemented function 'ntoskrnl.exe.DbgQueryDebugFilterState' in trace mode
  45660  SuperPower 2 demo fails to install
  45663  Multiple 64-bit MSI installers fail with 'err:msiexec:custom_action_server Failed to create custom action server pipe' (MS .NET Framework 4.x, Python 2.7, PSIM 11)
  45671  Wine build: can't write value of type 12 yet
  45681  SDL2 Game Controller API not working anymore with Wine 3.14
  45689  Quik 7: Combobox is not populated properly
  45694  WinHttpOpenRequest: unsafe characters are not escaped
  45726  Firefox 61.x crashes on unimplemented function KERNEL32.dll.GetApplicationRestartSettings

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