Wine 4.9 Released, Support for Installing Plug and Play Drivers

May 25, 2019

Wine Stable

The new development release Wine 4.9 was released today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Ubuntu 19.04.

Wine 4.9 release highlights:

  • Initial support for installing Plug and Play drivers.
  • Support for building 16-bit modules in PE format.
  • A lot of code moved to the new KernelBase DLL.
  • Various game controller fixes.
  • Use higher performance system clocks if available.
  • Various bug fixes.

How to Install Wine 4.9 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app menu. When it opens, run following commands to download and install the key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key && sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then add Wine repository for Ubuntu 19.04:

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

For other Ubuntu releases, replace disco in the code with:

  • bionic for Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x
  • cosmic for Ubuntu 18.10.
  • xenial for Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18.x

3. Install unmet dependence: faudio

The wine devel package requires libfaudio0 library which is not available in Ubuntu repositories.

As a workaround, run command to add the third-party PPA, which offers the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04.

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

4. Finally run command to install Wine 4.9, which will automatically install the required libfaudio0 libraries.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Once installed, run winecfg to bring up the configuration window and check Wine version.

Uninstall:

Open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab. Then remove the PPA, and Wine apt repository lines.

To remove Wine devel package, run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove winehq-devel

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