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Wine 0.9.44 Released 201

Posted by kdawson
from the in-old-bottles dept.
jshriverWVU writes to let us know about the release of Wine 0.9.44. Wine is a free implementation of Windows on Unix/Linux. New in this release are: better heuristics for making windows managed; automatic detection of timezone parameters; improvements to the built-in WordPad; better signatures support in crypt32; still more gdiplus functions; and of course lots of bug fixes.
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Wine 0.9.44 Released

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  • Wine 1.0? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by lobiusmoop (305328) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @05:24AM (#20352403) Homepage
    What ever happened to the impending release of Wine 1.0? I seem to remember it was coming very soon 6 months ago. It would be a great publicity boost for the software if it reached that point.
    • by alba7 (100502) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @06:36AM (#20352645) Homepage
      Imagine Duke Nukem Forever running under Wine 1.0 on GNU Hurd.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Circlotron (764156)
      Wine 1.0 needs a working fusion reactor to operate it, hence it will always be 6 months away.
    • At least at the moment. It would be like marking a half-built car (WARNING! car-analogy) as ready for use. I think it would be pointless to push such a product because it is simply not ready yet. Users would also have higher expectations of the product than what should be realistic. That said, Wine has come a long way. Playing opengl games works great. The same can't be said for directx. Some installers does not function at all. And there is a lot of other issues as well. Wine 9.64 seems more realistic than
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by AJWM (19027)
        I think it would be pointless to push such a product because it is simply not ready yet. Users would also have higher expectations of the product than what should be realistic

        You missed it. Think about it, this is a Windows (non-)emulator. Releasing a not quite ready for primetime version as 1.0 (or even 2.0) fits perfectly with providing the whole Windows experience.
    • With this release, it seems we've only got 56 more minor release to go!
  • by ketilwaa (1095727) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @05:32AM (#20352439) Homepage
    Wine releases every 14 days, see http://winehq.org/ [winehq.org] Are we now going to see these kinds of news on /. every time there's a trivial update? I can think of a couple of apps and releases that are a little more important...
    • by QuantumG (50515) <qg@biodome.org> on Saturday August 25, 2007 @05:35AM (#20352451) Homepage Journal
      The fact that they have 5 major improvements every 14 days is kinda impressive.

      But yes, good point.

  • WordPad? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I'm sure there are some great new features, but mentioning improvements to WordPad is some serious flamebait...
  • by baadger (764884) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @05:59AM (#20352533)
    I've been thinking of starting to ./configure --prefix a Wine install into a subdirectory of my home directory and applying a script wrapper to the wine binary.

    Pretty much every application or game I use under Wine requires either a patch against wine or some app specific hack to get it working properly, and often they don't work in the next Wine version.

    Wine is great but setting up multiple apps or games to work under it is horrible.
    • by QuantumG (50515) <qg@biodome.org> on Saturday August 25, 2007 @06:11AM (#20352573) Homepage Journal
      So, err, just so I've got this right.. you're applying app specific patches to Wine to get it to work and then when you upgrade you're reapplying all those patches and finding that some of them don't apply anymore?

      Ya know, Wine uses this revision control system that some Finnish guy wrote.. it's really good at helping you maintain a fork with your changes in it if that's what you want to do. I think it's called "git" or something. :)

      • by NickFortune (613926) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @08:13AM (#20352975) Homepage Journal

        To be fair, Wine does suffer quite a lot from regressions. Don't take my word for it - look up a few of your favourite games on the AppDB [winehq.org] and notice how the playability level varies from one release to the next.

        That's not so likely to be a problem with the major apps. World of Warcraft and MS Office are likely to be rested between releases, so they tend to be fairly stable. On the other hand, it's pretty much a crap-shoot whether Deus Ex (my favourite use for Wine) will work with any particular release.

        Don't get me wrong; I think Wine is a fantastic project, and the number of apps they can handle has risen steadily over the time I've been using it. But being realistic, the do have a problem with regressions. Once it gets out of beta, that will hopefully change.

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Shulai (34423)
          I think they should try to raise their profile between Windows developers, in order to encourage them to do some testing on Wine. I guess they already does testing on half a dozen Windows environments, they'll add Wine to the list if they think it's a viable platform and a part of their potential market.
    • by paskie (539112) <pasky&ucw,cz> on Saturday August 25, 2007 @06:20AM (#20352599) Homepage
      Actually, this was my experience in the past as well, but during the 0.9 series this got a lot better for me and now for a long time already I didn't need to change any actual wine settings for specific application at all (and I'm messing with relatively wide variety of applications and games. At most I have to tweak (e.g. graphics) settings of the application itself. New versions don't break apps that previously were working that much either (though it happens sometimes; I still have bisecting what broke SC3000 in my long TODO list ;).
    • by Laur (673497)

      Pretty much every application or game I use under Wine requires either a patch against wine or some app specific hack to get it working properly, and often they don't work in the next Wine version. Wine is great but setting up multiple apps or games to work under it is horrible.

      This is a known problem, and the tools Wine-Doors [wine-doors.org] and Winebot [sandbox.cz] are working to address it. These tools make installing Windows software in Linux as easy as using a native package manager (apt, rpm, etc). They also track the specif

  • Finally! (Score:5, Funny)

    by MarkByers (770551) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @07:29AM (#20352807) Homepage Journal
    improvements to the built-in WordPad

    That's been one thing that really bugs me about Linux. I'm fed up of having to use horrible outdated editors like emacs and vi. Now finally I can use a decent editor without having to dual-boot.
    • by QuantumG (50515)
      hehe.. I have been known to use windows calculator under Wine.
      • by EvilRyry (1025309)
        qalculate is freaking awesome! I especially love the conversions so you can do stuff like 15m/s = x mph and it just works.
      • I've been known to wish that 'dc' was available on Windows :-)

        Sure I could install it on cygwin but I'm just saying I much prefer RPN to the Windows calculator app.
  • Has anyone ever managed to get Office 2003 fully working under WINE yet? I spent a week trying once. Never got it right. Probably something to do with the fact that it doesn't have the ability to run as a Win98 program.
  • by edxwelch (600979) on Saturday August 25, 2007 @08:15AM (#20352987)
    I would love to use Wine, but unfortunately I don't have Linux. Are there any plans to port Wine to Windows?
  • Call me when I can Install and run at least MSOffice 2k3 using wine.
  • You can find all that you need on Linux nowadays, even decent office products. If Wine keeps taking up your time to install/configure/troubleshoot then what is that time worth to you (classic cost vs time)? If you really need those Windows apps for some reason then push the money into a Windows license. Better yet get your business to buy it for you. If it's just for personal use then you really have to ask yourself what the hell you're doing.
    • Well, video editing and all the Adobe tools...
      • by icepick72 (834363)
        video editing on linux http://www.robfisher.net/video/ [robfisher.net]

        If Adobe and video editing companies have chosen not to jump on the Linux bandwagon yet, then why would you (or the proverbial "we") accept the pain for them? Grab a Windows license and be editing and using Adobe tools and whatever else in no time at all. Or grab MacOSX if Windows is not ideal. This isn't directed to you but in general I have a rant: people would often rather whine and complain than do something about it. When options exist to do somet

        • I am looking for a video tool, I installed everything but it doesn't work as it should. Windows is no solution to the problem.
    • The only problem I have that keeps WIndows fragments alive is that all the phones I have require Outlook for diary and contact management. I hate Outlook as a mail client (I use Thunderbird) but it is still one of the few things where MS has at least got some integration right if you overlook problems such as timezones and other real life use.

      I have a Motorola RAZR (V3i) and a Sony Ericsson phone, and I need these to have their contacts synched. I hope to have the remote sync working at some point so it s
  • Well, ok fine, 0.9.97882.6.
  • Last time I tried using Civ II under Wine, it crashed as soon as it was actually time to play.

    Oh, and if you are about to mention FreeCiv, don't. You don't give a chocoholic carob.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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