As you may know, Wine (Wine Is Not An Emulator) is an open-source compatibility layer software app that enables the Linux and Unix users to run Windows software on their systems, via the Winelib software library.
At first, Wine was an acronym for WINdows Emulator, but later, the name developers have shifted to the recursive backronym, “Wine is not an emulator”, to highlight that no emulation occurs when running Windows software.
While the latest version available is Wine 1.8.x, you can also install and test Wine 1.9.19 (Dev), which is the under-development branch of Wine and brings the below changes:
- Initial version of a udev bus driver for HID.
- Various improvements in joystick support.
- Initial implementation of DC rendering in Direct2D.
- Improved metafile support in GDI+.
- Various bug fixes.
In order to successfully install Wine 1.9 on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems like Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, you need to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index, and install the wine-staging and winehq-staging packages:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging
$ sudo apt-get install winehq-staging
Optional, to remove wine and revert the changes, do:
$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:wine/wine-builds