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21 March 2011, 11:07

Wine 1.3.16 includes Firefox 4 based engine

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Wine Logo The latest development version for what will eventually become Wine 1.4, version 1.3.16, has been released and includes several new features and updates. 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 1.3.16 integrates version 2.0 of the Mozilla Gecko engine found in version 4 of the Firefox web browser (the Firefox 3.6 branch uses Gecko 1.9.2) and features improvements to the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) driver infrastructure, as well as animated cursor handling. Other changes include a number of MSI fixes for .NET installers, several GdiPlus improvements and fixes for various bugs found in the previous version. The developers also note that GnuTLS is no longer required on Mac OS X.

As with all development releases, use of Wine 1.3.16 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.

More details about the development preview, including a full list of bug fixes and download links, can be found in the official release announcement and in the short log. The latest stable version is Wine 1.2.2, a bug fix update to the 1.2 branch from mid-October of last year.

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.

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