Saturday, 28 July 2007

WINE releases 0.9.42

What's new in this release:
- Support for activation contexts and side-by-side assemblies.
- Many more gdiplus functions.
- More messaging support in crypt32.dll.
- Many HTTP protocol handling fixes.
- Lots of bug fixes.

Official Release h3r3
For those who don't know what is WINE, please read below
Some Screenshot for Windows Applications (yak) running on our beloved Linux, please click h3r3
for a List of Window$ application$ that runs on WINE , please click h3r3

Binary Compatibility

  • Loads Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, Windows 3.x and DOS programs and libraries
  • Win32 compatible memory layout, exception handling, threads and processes
  • Designed for POSIX compatible operatings systems (eg. Linux and FreeBSD)
  • "bug-for-bug" compatibility with Windows

Graphics

  • X11-based graphics allows remote display to any X terminal
  • X11, TrueType (.ttf/.ttc) and Windows Bitmap (.fon) Fonts
  • DirectX support for games (limited Direct3D support)
  • Support for OpenGL based games and applications
  • Printing via PostScript driver or legacy native Win16 printer drivers
  • Enhanced Metafile (EMF) and Windows Metafile (WMF) driver
  • Desktop-in-a-box or mixable windows
  • Windows MultiMedia (WinMM) layer support with builtin codecs

Allows Windows program to interface with:

  • Sound devices via ALSA, OSS, ARTS, JACK, and libaudio etc
  • Multi-lingual keyboards and CJK input method support via XIM
  • Modems, serial devices
  • Networks (TCP/IP and IPX)
  • ASPI Scanners
  • Windows Tablets via XInput (eg. Wacom)

Wine API

  • Designed for source and binary compatibility with Win32 code
  • Win32 API test suite to ensure compatibility
  • Compilable on a wide range of C compilers
  • Permits mixing of Win32 and POSIX code
  • Permits mixing of ELF (.so) and PE (.dll/.exe) binaries in one address space
  • Win32 compatible header files
  • Automatically generated API documentation
  • Resource compiler
  • Message compiler
  • IDL compiler
  • Extensive Unicode support
  • Internationalization -- Wine supports 16 languages
  • Built-in debugger and configurable trace messages
  • External memory checker support using Valgrind
  • Sample programs

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