After more than a year in development, the Wine 8.0 open-source and cross-platform compatibility layer for running Windows applications and video games on GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, or macOS systems is now available for download.
The biggest change in the Wine 8.0 is the completion of the conversion to PE format, which took more than four years. This allows the developers to build all of Wine’s modules in the PE format, which offers many great features like copy protection, support for 32-bit apps on 64-bit systems, Windows debuggers, x86 apps on ARM systems, and more.
This major change in Wine 8.0 also comes with a special syscall dispatcher that’s used for PE to Unix transitions to minimize the performance impact of the new architecture, especially for the OpenGL and Vulkan libraries.
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