Install Wine 1.8.5 Stable in Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 LTS via PPA

Wine Stable 1.8.5 is now available with various bug fixes - Wine development has released 1.9.21 with initial version of the HID minidriver, support for lists in the RichEdit control, system tray improvements in October 14, 2016. However, the 1.8.5 is the latest stable so far.

Wine stands for Wine is not an emulator. It's an open source software that lets Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows.

Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.

What's New?

This update contain 58 bug fixes including :
  • Windows Movie Maker 2.x needs ole32.dll.StgOpenPropStg
  • Microsoft Publisher 2007 and 2010 crash when opening documents/templates (TSF manager 'ITextStoreACPSink' must support QI with 'IID_ITextStoreACPServices')
  • Use-after-free in DdeClientTransaction in user32 dde tests
  • Windows utility 'relog.exe' crashes on unimplemented function 'pdh.dll.PdhGetLogFileTypeW'
  • PDF Factory 3.x/4.x installer fails to install printer drivers (winspool.SetPrinterW lacks support for level 8, global default printer settings)
  • CAPCOM games using gamepad start with axes X/Y pressed up/left

For complete list, you can go to WineHQ official website.

How to Install Wine 1.8.5 Stable in Ubuntu Linux

J Fernyhough is maintaining a PPA with latest Wine 1.8 packages for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04. The installation is available via PPA.

Install Latest Wine 1.8.5 Stable in Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 LTS

You can follow the step-by-step tutorial below to install it.

Step 1 - First, please remove old wine package from your Ubuntu. Open terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) :

sudo apt remove wine*
sudo apt autoremove

Step 2 - Once removed, add this PPA via command line :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/wine

Step 3 - Resync the sources by running the command below :

sudo apt-get update

Step 4 - Simply run the following to get wine-stable package :

sudo apt install wine-stable

That's it!

That's all I can write about all you need to do to install latest Wine stable in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04. Hope you've enjoyed reading this tutorial as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Thank you!