The WINE tool for Linux, which is a Windows Emulator, has finally shown its first signs of Direct3D 11 support in the new 1.7.50 release. In addition, the new release contains the new Gecko engine based on Firefox 40, amended font matching in DirectWrite, added support for OpenMP when run on ARM platforms, and a heap of bug-fixes.

Wine-1.7.50

The announcement that the developers were going to apply Direct3D 11 support came a while back, and while there is now Direct3D 11 support, it is in a very basic form. This means that there is not full support yet, and not all the characteristics have yet been enforced. Therefore, not all Direct3D 11 software is supported as of now. In the wine emulator, for various items that are completely implemented there is software that does not run smoothly.

It should be noted that Direct3D does not equal DirectX. Direct3D is part of DirectX, which handles the hardware access layer. It is therefore the most crucial component of the graphics API, but even full Direct3D support does not mean that all DirectX 11 applications will run perfectly. Developers from Codeweavers said just a week ago that these kinds of amendments were being made and it looks like it happened very quickly.

We do have to keep in mind that this DirectX 11 enforcement will take some time and that is why it was mentioned in the change-log as ‘First steps of the Direct3D 11.’ It is a complex piece of software and it cannot be done overnight.

Wine 1.7.50 brings bug fixes for the following Windows games and tools PowerPoint 2007, Winamp, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, PhotoLine 32, Hearts of Iron III, Xfire 2.0, Visual Studio Code, Schein, Nvidia Physx uninstaller, and Office 2013 installer. While we wait for the developers to continue their work, you can download the new version of WINE 1.7.50 here from SourceForge, and start playing around with it.

If you are looking for software that runs well, or want to contribute to the WINE community, you can help out by testing different software and letting people know how it runs at the WineHQ AppDB.

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