As you may know, Wine Staging is a special version of Wine that provides support for projects like Pipelight. The Pipelight developer forked wine into wine-staging and included some Pipelight-specific enhancements and some other features not present in the regular wine software.
Among others, it brings support for Nvidia graphics cards with support for CUDA, PhysX and NVENC plus CSMT to improve graphics performance and a few others.
The latest version available is Wine Staging 2.4, which has been recently released, :
What’s new in this release:
- Implementation of more System/Process/Thread information classes and values.
- More complete object type implementation.
- Improved GDI+ scaling performance.
- Various smaller improvements.
In addition, Wine Staging users will also benefit from the following changes merged in the development branch:
- Mono engine updated with upstream fixes.
- More Direct3D command stream work.
- Simulated bold and italic in DirectWrite.
- Improvements to the XML reader.
- Various bug fixes.
Up to date Wine Staging packages are available via the developer’s PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu is easy. Just add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the wine-staging package:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging
If you want the 64 bit version of wine-staging also install the wine-staging-amd64 package:
$ sudo apt-get install wine-staging-amd64
Wine Staging can be used along wine because it installs in /opt/wine-staging, while the regular wine can be found in /opt/wine.
The installation instructions should work on all the supported Ubuntu systems and derivatives: Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 18.x, Linux Mint 17.x Elementary OS 0.3 Freya and Elementary OS 0.4 Loki.