Wine Improves 3D and MAPI Support
This past weekend the Wine project released a new version of its Windows emulator. Apart from the numerous obligatory bug fixes, the release includes improvements to the Direct3D 10 API and an initial support for the Open Audio Library (OpenAL).
With help from Wine software, most Windows applications can also run under Linux. Unlike virtualization solutions such as VirtualBox, Wine translates the system and library calls to their Linux counterparts. This allows Windows applications not only to run in a Linux environment, but to do so somewhat faster.
Alexandre Julliard has now released version 1.1.30 of Wine. The major new features include:
- Support for OpenAL libraries for surround sound
- Enhanced Direct3D 10 API, which runs games as a counterpart to Microsoft's OpenGL
- Improved common controls
Many minor bugs were also fixed, especially those related to games. The .NET Framework 1.1 now installs flawlessly, the Bioshock game no longer crashes when loading the second level and the Steam client displays correct colors. Erratic behavior in the Myst 4, Prince of Persia and Flatout 2 games was also fixed, as well as a font problem in some games. Irregularities in Corel Painter X, Visual C++ and GNU Emacs were also eliminated. Finally, path problems in the Save dialog were fixed and Internet Explorer 7 startups no longer return
Cannot find '%ws'
Mozilla’s script blocker add-on could be putting malware sites on the whitelist.
The Internet community officially banishes the notoriously unsafe Secure Sockets Layer protocol.
Popular desktop environment continues the Gnome 2 legacy – with new support for the Gnome 3 toolkit.
The Obama White House has issued a memorandum telling all US government agencies they must use HTTPS for all websites and web communication.
New program will dial up security for the Firefox browser.
Red Hat's community distro embraces the cloud.
New partnership will bring more and better CS training to US schools
Criminals offer online help over Tor network
Sophisticated malware is still present on Joomla and WordPress sites around the world.
Future versions of Ubuntu's code service will support the popular Git version control system used with Linux and other open source projects.