Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 5.0 is now available.
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.
This release is dedicated to the memory of Józef Kucia, who passed away in August 2019 at the young age of 30. Józef was a major contributor to Wine's Direct3D implementation, and the lead developer of the vkd3d project. His skills and his kindness are sorely missed by all of us.
Previous release notes:
This release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that are listed in the release notes below. The main highlights are:
- Android version updated to 4.16
- Various bug fixes
- Sinhala and Tamil translation updates
- Vulkan support.
- Direct3D 12 support.
- Game controllers support.
- High-DPI support on Android.