Wine 2.17 Released with DirectWrite Improvements & Various Fixes

Wine running Windows apps on Linux

The latest Wine development has reached the 2.17 release with DirectWrite, virtual memory improvements and various bug-fixes.

Wine 2.17 brings better support for grayscale mode in DirectWrite, per-application StartupWMClass in desktop files, virtual memory compatibility improvements, palette handling improvements in WindowsCodecs, reply messages improvements in WebServices, and a total of 20 bug fixes.

How to Install Wine 2.17 in Ubuntu:

The official Wine repository offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for it from app launcher, when it opens, run command:

sudo apt-add-repository

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.


For Linux Mint 18.x, use following command instead to add the wine repository:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb xenial main'

2. Download and install the repository key via command:

wget -nc; sudo apt-key add Release.key


3. Finally install Wine development release via command:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

For more details, see the official documentation.


To remove the latest Wine development 2.x, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove winehq-devel

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.