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10 May 2010, 09:45

Wine 1.2 release plans announced

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Wine Logo The Wine Project has announced that version 1.2 of its Windows API implementation, the next planned stable release of Wine, is expected to arrive "sometime in June". According to a mailing list post by Wine project leader Alexandre Julliard, barring any major problems, the latest development release of Wine, version 1.1.44, will be the last of the 1.1.x series.

Julliard says that 64-bit support is now "more or less complete" and that many of the new icons are now finished. The next version of Wine, a first release candidate for Wine 1.2, will mark the beginning of the code freeze and focus on addressing bugs found in the previous releases.

Wine, which is an acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator, is free open source software that allows users to run Windows applications on Linux and Unix by providing its own native versions of Windows DLLs. The latest stable release is Wine 1.0.1 from the 17th of October, 2008. Wine is available to download from SourceForge and user guides and a application compatibility list are provided.

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