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Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator), a software which allows Linux users to run Windows applications, has reached version 1.7.47, bringing changes such as text drawing support in Direct2D or the introduction of an implementation for HID (Human Interface Devices).

The main changes in this release, according to the changelog:

  • Text drawing in Direct2D.
  • Support for the new thread pool API.
  • Toolbar state saving.
  • Beginnings of an implementation for proper HID support.
  • Support for file objects in device drivers.
  • Various bug fixes.

Among the bugs addressed there are some fixes which affect Battlefield 2/1942, valgrind, 3DMark06, Skyrim, Civilization 4 or the Quake Live launcher.

Install Wine 1.7.47 in Ubuntu 14.10/15.04 and Mint 17.x

The PPA currently only comes with Wine 1.7.44, so to install this version use:

sudo apt-get purge wine

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.7

To compile from source, download the source code from here, then install the dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep wine

Uncompress the source tarball, change the working directory to wine-1.7.47 and type:

sudo make install

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