Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of Wine, 1.7.18, featuring a number of improvements and fixes for numerous applications and games.The development build of Wine is still getting updated with some pretty important features, but the developers haven’t forgotten about the users who want various games and applications to work, and they've also made lots of fixes.
According to the changelog, the OLE Accessible Object support has been improved, Window sizing improvements have been implemented in the Mac driver, a number of fixes for various memory issues have been implemented, a few more MSHTML functions have been added, some DirectDraw cleanups have been performed, and other bug fixes have been implemented.
Every Wine version usually features lots of smaller fixes for various applications 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 1.7.18 also brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools: IBM Lotus Notes, Grim Fandango, Magic: The Gathering Online, SmartDraw, Rosetta Stone Online Spanish, GPS Utility 5.02, Gothic 2, Football Manager 2010, Steam, El Matador, Might & Magic VI Heroes, Battlefield 3, Saints Row the Third, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Crysis 2, Path of Exile, SimCity Societies, Wolverine, Planetside 2, Adobe Reader, Ankh 2, Steel Beasts, Symantec Norton 360, and Sybase PowerDesigner 16.5.
According to the changelog, Grim Fandango no longer hangs if X is in 24bpp mode, Rosetta Stone Online Spanish no longer hangs at “5” during startup, a problem with starting of Wine or Winecfg has been corrected, Spotify no longer crashes in the middle of a song, Steam games no longer crash because of GameOverlayRenderer.dll, Battlefield 3 no longer crashes on installation, and Dishonored no longer crashes on startup.
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 is 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. You can download Wine 1.7.18 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.