Wine 1.7.16 Brings DirectX Video Acceleration

The developers have started to work on DirectX Video Acceleration

Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which features some very important changes, besides the large number of fixes that have been implemented.

The Wine developers are still bringing important improvements for the development version and it seems that they are no ready yet to release a stable build.

Besides the normal fixes for various applications and games that are usually uploaded in the new releases, more regression test fixes have been implemented, string arrays are now better supported in the IDL compile, and some stubs for DirectX Video Acceleration have been added.

Just like the previous Wine release, the developers have also added some smaller fixes for a number of apps and games. They might not be as exciting as the major features, but some users might find that their favorite software is finally working.

Wine 1.7.16 also brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools: World in Conflict, Commandos 3, Anarchy Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Empire Earth, R.U.S.E., Windows Movie Maker 2.6, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, Dead Space, Dead Space 2, Panzer General 3D, Miranda IM, MS Works 9.0, Final Fantasy XI, Broken Sword - The Sleeping Dragon, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Metro: Last Light, Age of Empires, L.A. Noire, Drakan Demo, Corel PaintShop Pro X6, and Horizon.

According to the changelog, World in Conflict no longer gives the "No appropriate 3D graphics card detected" message, an Anarchy Online bug has been fixed, Dead Space 2 no longer crashes with an error, the Miranda IM group chats are now working properly, Final Fantasy XI no longer crashes when it’s unfocused in windowed mode, the Batman: Arkham Asylum demo should work, L.A. Noire 1.3 should now start without any error messages, and Regedit is no longer displayed badly in letter view, in the title bar.

Wine (which stands for wine is not an emulator), can be usually found in every major repository, but only the stable version. You can easily install the development build of Wine with the help of a PPA. All you need to do it to open a terminal and enter the following commands (you will need to be root in order for it to work).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine

More details about this release can be found in the official changelog. Download Wine 1.7.16 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.

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