Making Wine 1.2 Fresh
Those of you who have been using the Wine 1.2 betas may have noticed it looks better.
Giving Windows applications their own Icon
Today, however, I want to show you another kind of icon that until now has been represented by a boring default diamond with a question mark.
The small numbers in the corner show the version of the program when it’s available. This is a piece of metadata that Windows has supported for years, but since it’s not visible in the user interface no one’s really known about it.
The new icons will be available tomorrow in the next Wine 1.2 release candidate package from my PPA. My intention in Maverick is to include them by default, before Wine is even installed.
I’ll be honest: Wine needs your help. The above work was heavily based on community input (and code by Jan Nekvasil). I’ve got some more visual and UI changes in store for Maverick as well, but what Wine really needs is help testing its release candidate.
We need to hunt down every application that worked perfectly in older versions of Wine and make sure they haven’t broken. Literally millions of people will be using Wine’s 1.2 release for at least the next year, and if we allow even one major regression it’ll be the digital equivalent of the vuvuzela.
But while we’ve already found and fixed hundreds of regressions, there are a whole mess of applications we still haven’t tested. Wine doesn’t really have a QA team to handle this kind of thing – it’s just you and me, folks.
So please, join the Platinum Regression Hunt. It’s as simple as running your applications in Wine and telling us if they don’t work anymore.