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Wine 8 runs Windows software on Linux

Following the release of Wine 7.0 last year, a new version of the excellent open source software that allows users to run Windows applications on Linux computers. Wine 8.0 is now available for download and provides another major software update that now allows all Wine modules to be built in PE (portable executable) format. Allows users to run Windows applications with copy protection, use 32-bit applications on host PCs with 64-bit chips, and x86 applications on host PCs with ARM processors.

Wine 8.0 runs Windows software on Linux

The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable version Wine 8.0 is now available. This release represents a year of development effort and over 8,600 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements listed in the release notes below. The main achievement is the completion of the conversion to PE format.

“After 4 years of work, the PE conversion is finally complete: all modules can be built in PE format. This is an important step on the way to supporting various features such as copy protection, 32-bit applications on 64-bit hosts, Windows debuggers, x86 applications on ARM, etc. However, some modules still make direct calls between the PE and the Unix part, instead of going through the NT system call interface. The remaining direct calls will be removed during the development phase of Wine 8.x.

“WoW64 thunks are implemented for virtually every Unix library, allowing a 32-bit PE module to call a 64-bit Unix library. Once the remaining direct PE/Unix calls are removed, it will be entirely possible to run 32-bit Windows applications without any 32-bit Unix libraries.

For the full Wine 8.0 release notes, visit the official Wine HQ website by following the link below.

Source: WineHQ: Liliputing

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