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Wine 4.0-RC7 Released With Fixes For Video Player Crashes, Game Performance Issues


WINE --

Wine 4.0 should be officially out soon, but this weekend the latest test release of it is Release Candidate 7 that brings more than one dozen fixes.

Wine 4.0 remains in a feature freeze until its release, which will likely be within the next two weeks or so. Since last Friday’s Wine 4.0-RC6, the RC7 release has 13 known bug fixes. Catching our interest are some game performance regressions being resolved, including for Hot Pursuit, Project CARS, Gas Guzzlers, and others. There are also video player crash fixes when opening audio or video files.

Some of the other work in Wine 4.0-RC7 includes crash fixes for A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda, BurnPlot failing to start, Microsoft Money 2015 going “black”, the NVIDIA GeForce Experience installer failing, and Age of Empires II breaking when CSMT (Command Stream Multi-Threading) is enabled.

The complete list of changes for Wine 4.0-RC7 can be found via WineHQ.org.

More details on all that’s coming out of this annual Wine update can be found via our Wine 4.0 feature overview.


KDE Plasma 5.15 Beta Released With Some Grand Improvements


KDE --

KDE Plasma 5.15 is scheduled for release on 12 February while for a round of preliminary testing, KDE Plasma 5.15 is out today.

KDE Plasma 5.15 is bringing with it a wealth of usability improvements and polishing with some of the changes including:

– Bluetooth devices now indicating their battery status from the power widget.

– Screen reader support for desktop icons for the visually impaired.

– Much smarter devices notifier.

– Redesigned “virtual desktops” area to the system settings, including support for Wayland.

– Other system settings areas have also been improved upon, one of those areas is a much-improved login screen settings area.

– Firefox 64-bit can optionally use native KDE open/save dialogs.

– Sandboxed Snaps and Flatpak applications can now respect the Plasma configuration when using the new XDG KDE/Plasma integration modules.

– The global scale factor used by HiDPI displays is respected by GTK/GNOME applications. Also on the GNOME front are Breeze-GTK theme improvements.

– Plasma 5.15 on Wayland has received more protocol coverage, support for virtual desktops, touch drag-and-drop support, and other changes.

– Plasma now supports WireGuard VPN tunnels via the NetworkManager plug-in. Network connections can also now be marked as metered connections.

More details on all of the changes to be found in the Plasma 5.15 Beta can be found via today’s release announcement on KDE.org. Overall, Plasma 5.15 is shaping up to be a grand release when paired with the latest KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications.


KDE Frameworks 5.54 Released With KWayland Improvements, KIO Supports TLS 1.3


KDE --

The KDE project has released KDE Frameworks 5.54 as their monthly update to these complementary components to Qt5.

Some of the highlights out of the dozens of components making up KDE Frameworks 5.54 include:

– Various additions and updates to the Breeze icons.

– KIO now supports TLS 1.3 as part of Qt 5.12.

– The Android notification backend was added, contrary to the developer saying it would be in KF5 5.55, so that is now part of KNotification.

– KTextEditor has better performance of small editing applications.

– KWayland picked up support for the XDG Decoration protocol, touch drag support, and allowing multiple touch interfaces per client. There are also KWayland fixes.

– Solid now supports Bluetooth battery reporting.

– Updated PHP syntax highlighting support, highlighting of CUDA cu/cuh files, and other syntax highlighting updates.

More details at KDE.org.


SuperTuxKart 0.10 Beta Released With Initial Networking Support


LINUX GAMING --

The Tux-themed MarioKart-inspired SuperTuxKart animated racing game is out with its v0.10 Beta 1 release that delivers on initial LAN/Internet-based multiplayer support.

Today’s SuperTuxKart 0.10 Beta 1 release brings initial WAN/LAN networking support for being able to race against others with this preliminary networking implementation.

The networking implementation is light enough that a Raspberry Pi 3 is powerful enough to act as a SuperTuxKart game server.

More details on SuperTuxKart 0.10 Beta with its initial network gameplay support can be found via SuperTuxKart.net. Windows, Linux, and macOS binaries of this new beta release can be found via SourceForge.net.


Wine 4.0-RC5 Released With Only A Handful Of Fixes


WINE --

Due to Christmas and New Year’s, the latest Wine 4.0 release candidate is a petite bottle.

Wine 4.0-RC5 has just 14 bug fixes this round with just 14 patches in total for the week, which is much lower than we’ve seen in the prior weeks. This appears to largely be due to the holidays but, yes, Wine 4.0 development is winding down and the 4.0.0 stable release will likely debut before the end of January.

Fixes in Wine 4.0-RC5 include taking care of problems with LTSpice, MetaTester 5, Resident Evil 5, Delphi 7, Skyrim Special Edition, and a few other Windows games and applications.

More details on Wine 4.0-RC5 can be found via WineHQ.org.