One of the biggest hurdles for people wanting to switch from Windows to Linux or macOS is reliance on software that requires Microsoft’s operating system. However, this is becoming less and less of a problem, as more and more programs become cross-platform. Not to mention that many software solutions are web-based these days, which means they can run on any operating system with a compatible web browser.
If you’re someone who relies on software that only runs on Microsoft’s operating system, you should probably stick with Windows. I mean, why bother with headaches? But hey, if for some reason you prefer to use macOS or a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu, there is a solution – Wine. This is a compatibility layer that can be used to run Windows software on other operating systems. That said, it’s not perfect – it can be a frustrating experience.
“This release represents over a year of development efforts and approximately 6,600 individual changes. The main highlights are support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit support on macOS. It also contains many improvements. at all levels, as well as support for many new applications and games â, said The Wine team.
The team further explains: âThis is the first release made under the new time-based annual release schedule. This implies that some features that we are working on but could not be completed on time have been postponed to the next development cycle. This specifically includes Direct3D command flow, full HID support, Android graphics driver, and message mode channels. “
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The Wine team shares the following download links with descriptions. You can also retrieve and compile the source found here.
- Ubuntu – WineHQ binary packages for development and staging branches for Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04, 15.04, 15.10, 16.04
- Debian – WineHQ binary packages for development and staging branches for Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Stretch and Sid
- Felt – WineHQ binary packages for development and staging branches for Fedora 22 and 23
- Mageia – WineHQ binary packages for development and staging branches for Mageia 4 and 5
- macOS – WineHQ binary packages for development and staging branches for macOS 10.8 and above
It’s a very big outing with numerous changes – far too many to list here. Before upgrading or installing for the first time, you should definitely read the full changelog found here. If you try it, be sure to share your experience – good or bad – in the comments section below.