The Wine developers have just revealed the new 1.9 development version of the Wine is now available for download, marking the launch of a new branch.
The Wine project changed gears a few months ago and announced that it plans to make some changes to the way the application is developed and released. As it stands right now, there will only be a major stable Wine release once a year and development versions throughout the year.
After the launch of Wine 1.8 just last week, it’s now time for Wine 1.9, which is the first development branch. It’s not a big one and it won’t draw any crowds, but it signals a new milestone for the project.
What’s new in Wine 1.9 Dev
Wine 1.9 is now ready for testing and it will be a while until it will make its way into repositories. According to the changelog, a number of fixes that were deferred during code freeze have been corrected, the WSAPoll implementation has been started, some font dialog fixes have been implemented, and a number of X11 drag & drop improvements have been integrated.
Wine 1.9 comes with changes to the following Windows games and tools: 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, Zararadio, and a few others.
This is very likely the last Wine release for this year and we should see the project fall into a nice cadence after the holidays have passed. As usual, only the source packages are available for now, so getting this installed won’t be an easy job.