When people switch from Windows to Linux, they often experiment with Wine. If you are not familiar, this is a compatibility layer that can sometimes make Windows software work on Linux and BSD. I say “sometimes” because it’s not a seamless experience. In fact, it can be quite frustrating to use. I suggest using native Linux software as an alternative, but naturally that is not always possible.
If you depend on Wine, or want to start trying it out, I’m happy to say version 3.0 is finally out. This is also a pretty big update, as it has over 6,000 changes!
“Again, due to the annual release schedule, a number of work-in-progress features have been carried over to the next development cycle. This notably includes Direct3D 12 and Vulkan support, as well as OpenGL ES support to enable Direct3D on Android, ” said The Wine team.
The team shares the following substantial changes.
- Support for Direct3D 10 and 11.
- The Direct3D command flow.
- The Android graphics driver.
- Improved support for DirectWrite and Direct2D.
If you want to try Wine 3.0, you need to read the release notes first here. Once you’re ready to download the Compatibility Layer, you can grab it here.
Before I start tinkering with Wine, however, I will say once again that I suggest trying the native Linux software first. For example, instead of Microsoft Office, try LibreOffice. Instead of Photoshop, try GIMP. You might be surprised at the quality of the free and open source alternatives.