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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Wine 0.9.42 Released

Wine 0.9.42 was released yesterday, with the following main changes:

- Support for activation contexts and side-by-side assemblies.
- Many more gdiplus functions.
- More messaging support in crypt32.dll.
- Many HTTP protocol handling fixes.
- Lots of bug fixes. Binary packages are in the process of being built and it may take a few days for them to appear, but the source is available now.

Check out our download page for packages for your distribution.

Check the release announcement

About Wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix.

Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

The Wine project started in 1993 as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux.

Wine is still under development, and it is not yet suitable for general use. Nevertheless, many people find it useful in running a growing number of Windows programs. Please see the
Application Database for success and failure reports for hundreds of Windows programs, as well as the Bug Tracking Database for a list of known issues, and the Status page for a global view on Wine's implementation progress.

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