A new development version of Wine, 1.7.24, has been announced by Alexandre Julliard and brings support for a couple of new features.
This development build of Wine is not a really big update, but there are a few changes that should prove to be quite interesting.
According to the changelog, a number of DirectWrite classes have been implemented, an innitial wrapper dll for the packet capture library has been implemented, a number of crypto improvements have been added, and other bug fixes have been implemented as well.
Every Wine version usually features lots of smaller fixes for various applications and games. They might not be as glorious as the main ones, buy they are usually the bulk of the release and many users will find many fixes for their favorite apps and games.
Wine 1.7.24 also brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools: Anarchy Online, DivX, AV Voice Changer, Letters from Nowhere 2, Magicka, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Serif WebPlus, Ccleaner, Jammer, WinUAE, Fallout 3, World of Warcraft, Excel 2007, .NET 3.5, Shogun: Total War, LEGO Digital Designer, Uplay, Thunderbird, Office 2013, World Of Tanks, Cube World, APB Reloaded, and a few others.
According to the changelog, a crash that occurred when launching Winning Eleven 8, FC_Edit no longer fails to initialize, Anarchy Online fullscreen now works as it should, the standalone version of DivX no longer fails to install, AV Voice Changer Software Diamond 7.0 (VcsCore.exe) no longer crashes on startup, Magicka no longer crashes a few seconds after passing the title screen, Ccleaner no longer fails to start, WinUAE "Browse for folder" now works correctly, Excel 2007 files password-protected in Wine can now be opened in Windows, and Uplay now allows users to buy games.
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 apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine
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.