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Install Wine 2.21 Released on Ubuntu OS & Linux Mint

Wine 2.21 recently released, is a piece of software that allows you to run Windows applications on several operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD. It makes a Windows API calls into POSIX, hence allowing you to easily integrate Windows applications into your desktop. Before we look at how to install wine on Linux, lets take a quick look at its features and release update.

install winehq

WineHQ Features

  • Support for running Win64, Win32 (Win 95/98, NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2012/10), Win16 (Win 3.1) and DOS programs
  • Optional use of external vendor DLL files (such as those included with Windows)
  • X11-based graphics display, allowing remote display to any X terminal, as well as a text mode console
  • Desktop-in-a-box or mixable windows
  • DirectX support for games
  • Good support for various sound drivers including OSS and ALSA
  • Support for alternative input devices such as graphics tablets.
  • Printing: PostScript interface driver (psdrv) to standard Unix PostScript print services
  • Support for Modem, serial device, as well as Winsock TCP/IP networking
  • ASPI interface (SCSI) support for scanners, CD writers, and other devices
  • Advanced Unicode and foreign language support
  • Full-featured Wine debugger as well as configurable trace logging messages for easier troubleshooting
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Wine 2.21 Changelog

  • Still more metafile support in GdiPlus
  • Also indirect draws support in Direct 3D
  • Calling convention fixes on ARM
  • Improved serial port detection on Linux
  • Services fixes on WoW64
  • Better DPI scaling in the Shell Explorer
  • Various bug fixes.

See announcement for complete lists

How to install Wine 2.21 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

  • First of all, remove any exiting installation
sudo apt remove wine* && sudo apt autoremove
  • Next start by importing the key for the repository
wget -nc sudo apt-key add Release.key
  • Now use the following command to add the repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file
sudo apt-add-repository ''
  • Update the package cache and install Wine Dev
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

How to uninstall Wine from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get purge wine-stable winetricks && sudo apt autoremove

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