Wine (Wine Is Not An Emulator) is an open-source compatibility layer software app that enables the Linux and Unix users to run Windows software on their systems, via the Winelib software library.
At first, Wine was an acronym for WINdows Emulator, but later, the name developers have shifted to the recursive backronym, “Wine is not an emulator”, to highlight that no emulation occurs when running Windows software.
With one week after the release of Wine 1.8, the developers have announced that the Wine 1.9 development has started and it will be developed one year from now.
Among others, Wine 1.9 brings the below changes:
- A number of fixes that were deferred during code freeze.
- WSAPoll implementation.
- Standard font dialog fixes.
- X11 drag&drop improvements.
- Various bug fixes.
And better support for the following Windows games and software:
CorelDRAW 9, Pazuru Alfabet, Origin Pro, Liquid Story Binder, MinGW, Restricted Area, Windows Media Player, Eclipse Indigo SR1, Call of Duty 4, Phantasy Star Online: Ambition of The Illuminus, Alpha Centauri, FlashDevelop, HeeksCAD & HeeksCNC, PowerPoint Viewer 2010, Jade Empire Special Edition, Planetary Annihilation and Zararadio