Wine 9.9 has already been released and these are its news

Wine on Linux

Wine is a reimplementation of the Win16 and Win32 application programming interface for Unix-based operating systems.

A few days ago it was announced release of the new development version of Wine 9.9, version in which, since the release of version 9.8, 38 bug reports have been closed and 246 changes have been made.

In this new version of Wine 9.9 that is presented, one of the most important new features is the Introducing support for the new WoW6 Mode mode, with this the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) library is now compatible with WoW64 mode, allowing 32-bit Windows applications to run on 64-bit Unix systems.

Another novelty that stands out is the improvement in the CPU detection on ARM, plus the WineD3D implementation has been cleaned up by removing obsolete features such as the offscreen_rendering_mode setting
ARB shader backend, an old method of rendering on screen (render_offscreen) and ARB_texture_rectangle textures.

In addition to this, the Vulkan graphics API support has been updated to version 1.3.285 and bug reports have been closed. errors with the operation of the following games:

  • Shadowgrounds Survivor crashes after viewing the map
  • Crysis2: Red color in Bumpmap/Specular Highlights
  • The window is too big with the Batman and Head Over Heels remakes
  • Assassin's Creed Unity not running
  • Fixed an issue in Syberia Gog after a cutscene
  • Cybernoid 2 comes out but x window drawing updates are frozen
  • Performance regression in Prince of Persia 3D
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate (AC Unity; AC Odyssey) broken graphics
  • Feature Request: Restore previous resolution when an app crashes
  •  High volume of repainted labels causes freezing
  • Total War: Shogun 2 crashes on unimplemented function d3dx11_42.dll.D3DX11LoadTextureFromTexture
  • Moorhuhn Director's Cut crashes after entering the game
  • Exact Audio Copy installer fails
  • Final Fantasy XI Online: The opening movie activates a 'GStreamer-Video-CRITICAL'.
  • FlatOut 1 screen resolution options limited to current desktop resolution using old wow64
  • Fixed issues with Fallout 3 causing it to be slow
  • Steam: no tray icon starting in wine 9.2
  •  X11 driver not loading
  • Project Diablo 2 fails
  • Disney Ratatouille demo renders backwards on Intel graphics
  • Spelunky does not start (GLSL version 1.20 is too low; 1.20 required)

As for the Fixed problems with applications:

  • Paint.NET 3.5.11 runs unstable on Wine 8.x (and later) due to bug in Mono
  • Some .NET applications throw an unhandled exception: System.NotImplementedException: 'System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher.Get' when using Wine-Mono
  • Password Memory 2010: title bar color reproduction error
  • regedit: Usage message arrives too late to Wine console
  • Mouse pointer is laggy/slow in Dweebs and Dweebs 2 when virtual desktop mode is enabled
  • Unexpected Femap failure when rebuilding the database (or any command involving it, i.e. import)

If you are interested in learning more about it, you can consult the launch details In the following link.

How to install the development version of Wine 9.9 on Ubuntu and derivatives?

In order to install this development version of Wine 9.8, some adjustments must be made to the system. The first and most important of them is Enable 32-bit architecture support. It is worth mentioning that, even if your system is 64-bit, enabling this support will save you many problems that usually occur, since most of the Wine libraries are focused on the 32-bit architecture. To do this we write about the terminal:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Now we must import the keys and add them to the system with this command:

sudo mkdir -pm755 /etc/apt/keyrings
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/keyrings/winehq-archive.key https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key

Done this now we are going to add the following repository to the system, for this we write in the terminal:

sudo wget -NP /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/dists/$(lsb_release -sc)/winehq-$(lsb_release -sc).sources
sudo apt update 
sudo apt --download-only install winehq-devel
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel
sudo apt --download-only dist-upgrade

We can verify that we already have Wine installed and also what version we have on the system by executing the following command:

wine --version

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