On December 20, Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which brings assorted bug fixes and improvements.As usual, the number of new features and bug fixes in the development version of Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is quite large, even if we don’t take the important changes into account.
The current Wine version doesn’t brings anything major. According to the changelog, the window moving/resizing in the Mac driver has been improved, a few DirectDraw palette fixes have been implemented, code duplication between C++ runtime versions has been reduced, and various bug fixes have been implemented.
Wine 1.7.9 also brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools: Need for Speed 2, foobar2000, Firefox, Combat Arms, Runscape, Rome Total War, Heroes of Might and Magic V, Need for Speed Shift, Grand Ages: Rome, Brothers in Arms Road to Hill, Deus Ex Invisible War, The Settlers: Rise of Cultures, Worms Forts Under Siege, World of Warplanes, Populous: The Beginning, L.A. Noire, and much more.
Highlights of Wine 1.7.9:
• NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit v5.5 installer no longer fails;
• DirectInput joystick timestamps have been corrected;
• The incorrect translation of D3D asm instruction "expp" has been fixed;
• Rome Total War loading screen no longer has incorrect colors;
• Platform SDK 2003 web installer download is now reliable;
• Heroes of Might and Magic V now works correctly;
• Need for Speed Shift is now working properly;
• Language macros are now defined during an .rc file compilation;
• Worms Forts Under Siege no longer crashes on startup;
• Tomb Raider is now running properly.
More details about this release can be found in the official changelog. Download Wine 1.7.9 right now from Softpedia.
Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.