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Wine 1.7.48 offers better support for Windows games and apps

Wine has long been a useful tool for Linux users that want to run Windows games and apps. And now version 1.7.48 of Wine offers an even better experience.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

On July 28, Alexandre Julliard had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of a new snapshot of the 1.7 unstable branch of one of the world's most popular open-source projects, Wine.

Highlights of Wine 1.7.48, which is a development release, include better support for the OpenMP implementation, more support for OpenGL core contexts, support for pixel snapping in DirectWrite, as well as I/O stream support in the MSVCIRT C++ runtime.

Of course, there are also numerous fixes in Wine 1.7.48, for Windows programs like EssentialPIM, Notepad, FormatFactory, P2kCommander, Internet Explorer, Magnus 2011, Movie Collector v9.x, FoxitReader 3.0, GTA2 Manager, NeXTA, Starcraft Campaign Editor, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

...Wine 1.7.48 adds patches for numerous Windows games, among which we can mention Sid Meier's Railroads Demo, Achtung die Kurve, Quake III Arena, Chernobyl Terrorist Attack Demo, The Endless Forest 3, Starlaxis, Tesla: The Weather Man Demo, and Gothic 3 Demo.

More at Softpedia

KDE unleashes Plasma Mobile Linux OS for phones

Mobile is all the rage these days, and the KDE developers have been busy working on the Plasma Mobile Linux OS for phones. Plasma Mobile has finally been unveiled and should help Linux gain a foothold in the mobile arena.

Chris Hoffman reports for PC World:

Unveiled at KDE’s annual Akademy world summit, the KDE project pitches Plasma Mobile is unique—different from both the dominant mobile operating systems and even different from Ubuntu for phones.

Plasma Mobile is entirely free and open-source software, and the announcement argues the benefits of that. It can be distributed, modified, and re-used with no restrictions. It’s developed with an open development process anyone can get involved in. It’s privacy-focused, and you can choose “services from trusted sources” instead of relying on the ones the operating system developer chooses for you.

Unlike Ubuntu for phones, Plasma Mobile is trying to support as many different types of apps as possible. It “is designed as an inclusive system, intended to support all kinds of apps.” Native apps can be written in QT, KDE’s toolkit of choice. But Plasma Mobile will also support GTK apps, Ubuntu Touch apps, Sailfish OS apps, and even Android apps.

...Plasma Mobile looks promising. Linux offers many different desktop environments—it’s only fitting that there should be multiple competing interfaces for smartphones and other touch devices, too. The KDE community has had their eyes on convergence for a long time, so it’s good to see it jumping back into the ring.

More at PC World

Here's a peek at Plasma Mobile:

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