What you need to know
- Wine 7.0 adds support for several GPUs, improves theming support, and includes thousands of changes.
- Wine is a compatibility layer that allows people to run Windows applications and games on Linux systems.
- The update implements 64-bit Windows-on-Windows architecture, which supports running 32-bit apps inside a 64-bit Unix host process.
- Apple Silicon is also supported with Wine 7.0, including running x86-64 binaries with Rosetta 2.
Wine 7.0 recently rolled out, and the update includes over 9,100 changes. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows people to run a large library of Windows apps and games on Linux. It's a popular way for gamers to enjoy the best PC games on non-Windows systems.
Wine 7.0 includes over 9,100 changes and improvements. Here are the highlights of what's new:
- Most modules converted to PE format.
- Better theming support, with a bundled theme for a more modern look.
- Vastly improved HID stack and joystick support.
- New WoW64 architecture.
You can read the complete changelog on the WineHQ website.
The update to Wine 7.0 adds support for some of the best GPUs to the Direct3D graphics card database. Among the newly supported graphics cards is the AMD Radeon RX 6800. Here's the complete list of the GPUs that were recently added to the Direct3D graphics card database:
- AMD Radeon RX 5500M
- AMD Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT/6900 XT
- AMD Van Gogh
- Intel UHD Graphics 630
- NVIDIA GT 1030
By implementing 64-bit Windows-on-Windows architecture, Wine 7.0 supports running 32-bit Windows applications inside a 64-bit Unix host process.
In addition to the improvements that will benefit Linux users, Wine 7.0 adds support for Apple Silicon, including running x86-64 binaries through Rosetta 2.
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