This release represents a year of development effort and over 7,400 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that are listed in the release notes below. The main highlights are:
– Builtin modules in PE format.
– Multi-monitor support.
– XAudio2 reimplementation.
– Vulkan 1.1 support.
Wine allows me to run virtually any Windows game I use on Linux – including League of Legends, my most-played game – so it’s a pretty amazing tool in my book. Since many people no longer directly interact with Wine, using it through tools like Steam’s compatibility tools or Lutris, instead, it’s easy to forget just how important of a project Wine really is.
I’m always happily surprised when wine works, like the other day when windows software for a network KVM just worked. Although I make a point to not go in expecting windows software to run on linux because frequently it does not.
All progress is welcome though, it not only advances linux compatibility, but reactos compatibility as well.
I’ve been using only Linux on my daily driver computers all day every day during the past 13 years or so, and the main reason I can do so is thanks to Wine. For *one* program. It’s proprietary, it’s in maintenance mode, and it will never be ported to any other OS. And there are no alternatives. Fortunately it works 100% in Wine without jumping through hoops. So I’d say that Wine is what allowed me to switch to Linux, absolutely mission critical for me.