Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD.

Want to run Microsoft Office or Photoshop on Linux? Or want to play Windows-only games on Linux? No problem, with Wine you can do that. Unfortunately it doesn’t support all apps and games, but supports a huge amount of them.

Photoshop running on Ubuntu with Wine
Photoshop running on Ubuntu with Wine

After a year of development and over 6000 individual changes the WineHQ team announced the availability of Wine 4.0.

What’s new in Wine 4.0?

The most notable changes are the following:

  • Vulkan support.
  • Direct3D 12 support.
  • Game controllers support.
  • High-DPI support on Android.

But there is a lot more. Find a complete list of changes in the release notes.