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03 August 2010, 10:40

Wine 1.3.0 kicks off new development cycle

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Wine Logo The Wine Project development team have announced the arrival of version 1.3.0 of their Windows API implementation, the first new development branch release since Wine 1.2. Wine (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 replacements for Windows DLLs.

Wine 1.3.0 addresses more than 110 bugs found in the previous stable version and features the beginnings of a user interface for the built-in Internet Explorer. Other changes include support for cross-process Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) drag & drop, a new built-in wscript.exe (Windows Script Host) program, various translation updates and open / save dialogues now remember the last used directory.

The 1.3.0 development release is the first step in building towards a future stable 1.4 release. Based on the time lines for the previous 1.0 and 1.2 releases, it will likely take approximately two years before the next major stable release, version 1.4, is ready. However, a stable point update, version 1.2.1, is expected to arrive in the coming weeks to close any bugs and major issues discovered in Wine 1.2.

Additional information about the release can be found in the official release announcement and in the shortlog. Wine 1.3.0 is available to download from one of the project's mirrors and documentation is provided. Wine source code is available from SourceForge and is licensed under the LGPL. The latest stable release is version 1.2, the second major release of Wine, from mid-July.

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