Wine 4.16 Released with Improvements

Wine 4.16 released with enhancements. Here’s how to install in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Wine (i.e “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) 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.

Wine 4.16 Improvements

This popular Wine project released the latest development version 4.16 with improvements and bug fixes. This release brings – more reliable mouse grabbing in games, a improvement to the cross-compilation support in WineGCC. Wine 4.16 also improved compatibility with Windows debuggers along with bug fixes.

How to Install Wine in Ubuntu, Linux Mint

Wine installation at the moment in Ubuntu, Linux Mint is bit of tricky due to the recent key changes and the unavailability of the DirectX support audio package libfaudio0 in Ubuntu official repos. However, you can still install using below instructions.

Open terminal and run below commands sequentially to install Wine 4.16 in Ubuntu based derivatives or in Linux Mint.

1. Add the key for WineHQ.

wget -nc && sudo apt-key add winehq.key

2. Add the official repo for your distribution. If you are using Ubuntu 19.04 based distro, replace disco to bionic.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb disco main'

3. Now, to install the dependent packages including libfaudio0, add below repository which is prepared to ease the installation.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport
sudo apt update

4. Now, install the packages from the development branch of Wine.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

After installation, to configure Wine – run winecfg from terminal to check the version.

Wine 4.16 Running in Linux Mint

To remove the Wine, Open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab. Then remove the PPA, and Wine apt repository lines.

Alternatively, if you would like to manually install the deb files, grab them using this link for Bionic Beaver – Ubuntu 18.04 LTS