Wine 6.6 released with updated Mono, improved Plug and Play driver support

Wine 6.6 was released a few days ago as the latest development release for the Windows compatibility layer.

In the new release, the Mono engine will be updated to version 6.1.1 and the upstream will be updated. The DWrite and DnsApi libraries are now converted to PE. Also, improved support for Plug and Play drivers.

Other changes Wine 6.6 Contains various bug fixes for Windows applications and games. For example, Evil Twin, Half-life, Breath of Fire IV, Google Drive, Legends of Runeterra.

How to install Wine 6.6 on Ubuntu:

The official Wineapt repository now offers new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 20.10.

Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or searching for “Terminal” from the System Applications menu. Once open, do the following steps one at a time:

Installing the Wine Development version using the following command replaces the latest stable Wine release package, if installed.

1.) Run the command to enable the 32-bit architecture (if you don’t have one).

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Enter your user password (without asterisk feedback) when prompted and press Enter to continue.

2.) Execute the following command to install the repository key.

wget -O - https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Add the wine repository using the command.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'

Important: This command requires you to replace the focal with:

  • Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20.x focal
  • Groovy for Ubuntu 20.10.
  • Bionic for Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x

Don’t know the edition of the system?Run lsb_release -a Run the command in the terminal to check out.

4.) For Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x only, you need the libfaudio0 library to run the following command to install from a third-party repository.

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

5.) Finally, use the command to install Wine 6.6.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

If the dependency issue is not met, try the aptitude command instead.

sudo apt install aptitude && sudo aptitude install winehq-devel

Uninstall wine.

Launch the Software & Updates utility and[Other Software]You can remove the PPA by navigating to the tab.

To remove wine 6.6, run the command in your terminal.

sudo apt remove --auto-remove winehq-devel

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