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08 February 2011, 15:15

Wine 1.3.13 adds tools for creating MSI installers

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Wine Logo Less than two weeks after the previous release integrating DOSBox, the Wine project development team has issued another development branch version of Wine, 1.3.13, for what will become Wine 1.4. 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 1.3.13 features the addition of tools for creating MSI installers and support for PO files in the message compiler. The Wine debugger, known as "winedbg", has also received improvements. Other changes include improvements to the clipboard and fixes for more than 60 bugs affecting applications such as Notepad++ and Acrobat Reader, as well as games, including Starcraft II, Mirror's Edge and Anarchy Online.

More details about the development preview can be found in the release announcement and in the short log. Wine 1.3.13 can be downloaded from one of the project's mirrors. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

Wine source code is available from SourceForge and is licensed under the LGPL. The Wine Project is sponsored by CodeWeavers, which also shares its own code updates with the Project and recently released version 10 of its CrossOver products. The latest stable release of Wine is version 1.2.2, a bug fix update to the 1.2 branch from mid-October.

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