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Wine 2.17 Development released with improved Palette handling

Wine 2.17 recently released, is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop. Before we install winehq on ubuntu, lets take a look at the changelog.

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Winehq 2.17 Changelog

  • Better support for grayscale mode in DirectWrite.
  • Per-application StartupWMClass in desktop files.
  • Virtual memory compatibility improvements.
  • Palette handling improvements in WindowsCodecs.
  • Reply messages improvements in WebServices.
  • Many games fail to start, or run without audio
  • Terris Universal Remote UFB 234 – update database does not work
  • Text in Deletion Confirmation MsgBox has wrong background colour
  • Steam Store/Uplay/Epic Games Launcher no longer display text in Windows 7 mode
  • [See changelog for complete list]
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How to install Winehq 2.17 on Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.04

Note that Rico Tzschichholz currently maintains an updated copy of WineHQ release in this PPA. If ppa is not updated yet, then compile using method 2

Method 1: Install Wine via PPA Repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/unstable
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine-stable winetricks

Method 2: How to compile Wine on Ubuntu

tar xjf wine-2.17.tar.xz
cd wine-2.17/

# install required dependencies
sudo apt-get build-dep wine

# For 32bit OS
sudo ./configure

# For 64-bit OS
sudo ./configure --enable-win64

# If encounter Xlib/Xfree86 error, then run the following commands and repeat configure
sudo apt-get install libx11-dev:i386 libfreetype6-dev:i386

# Update and Install Wine
sudo make
sudo make install

How to uninstall Winehq from Ubuntu

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

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