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Beta test of the Prefix Backup plugin

Tuesday 10 February 2009 at 15:38

Here comes a plugin that some of you have been awaiting for a while!

It's a plugin which allows you to backup the whole prefix of an application installed in PlayOnLinux, the version of Wine used with it (it's defined in "PlayOnLinux -> Tools -> Manage Wine versions"), and the launcher of that application.
It creates a .pol archive that you can reinstall when and where you want via "Install -> Install a .pol package or an unsupported application" in PlayOnLinux.

This plugin should work fine but I will need some feedback. Although it is a beta version it shouldn't cause PlayOnLinux to crash, the worst case scenario being a shortage of hard drive space.

Please go to this post to download Prefix Backup and to report the results of your tests.

Have a good test and a good backup.

Some troubles with the (new) Wine Version Manager?

Monday 9 February 2009 at 22:11

Yes it's possible.

If you are using a release between 0.9.34 and 1.1.14 you can have some troubles with your cursor (fix in progress).

If you are using a release between 0.9.47 and 1.1.14 you can have some troubles with the X composite extension. (fix in progress).

All package concerned are currently in process of rebuild (for fixing issue), it will be synchronised on the server during the following days (from most recent to older release)

Sorry for the inconvenience,

thanks bahamut.dragoon for the report

Update (2009-02-11): Fixed in all wine 1.1.x. Fix for other release is always in progress

Update (2009-02-13): Fixed in all affected release.

Internet Explorer 7 and more

Saturday 7 February 2009 at 18:17

You are a web developer using Linux and you are annoyed every time you have to test your website with Internet Explorer 7? You gave up testing your website with IE7 because it requires you to boot Windows (with your dual boot or in a virtual machine) or worse: you don't have Windows?

Form now on, a simple solution exists!

Indeed, thanks to Tom Wickline, we are able to provide a PlayOnLinux installation script for Internet Explorer 7.
Thus, you'll just have to click on "Forward" a few times to get a functional Internet Explorer 7 (in more than 20 languages) running on your Linux system. Pretty painless, isn't it?

Don't believe me? Look at the following screenshots:

For more details (about how well IE7 runs for example), see this topic in the forum.

And that's it? Nothing else new?

Of course not!

- After the Crayon Physics game prototype, twinoatl made us an installation script for Crayon Physics Deluxe, the full game based on the same concept.
- Thanks to the bug reports of rettichschnidi, the installation scripts for Age Of Empires II and Baldur's Gate II have been fixed so they now work correctly with the German versions of these games.

PlayOnLinux 3.3.1

Sunday 1 February 2009 at 14:20

Hello everyone!

Here comes a little bugfix release.
Indeed, the following bugs which appeared with PlayOnLinux 3.3 are now fixed:

- PlayOnLinux doesn't complain anymore about the lack of lzma even though POL doesn't need it.
- The Wine versions manager doesn't bug anymore with some specific versions (especially with Wine 1.0).

Have a nice day :-)

By Tinou

Wine 1.1.14 (development version)

Friday 30 January 2009 at 22:23

What does Wine 1.1.14 (What is Wine?), the latest development version, bring us:

- Various bug fixes for Internet Explorer 7.
- Many crypt32 improvements, including new export wizard.
- Better support for windowless Richedit.
- Improvements to the print dialog.
- Many fixes to the regression tests on Windows.
- Various bug fixes.

The detailed release note is available on the page of the official announce.

To download the source code or binary packages for several systems and distributions:


See you in two weeks for the next release

By MulX

Changes in the website

Sunday 25 January 2009 at 15:09

As you may have noticed, we have modified the structure of our website. The home page has been reorganized so as to give a clearer idea of what the project is about upon arriving on the website.

Here's a sum up of the changes:
- The home page is now composed of the presentation of the project and a list of the ten latest news' header (which are links to the full news of course)
- The full news are in their dedicated section called "blog"
- The guestbook page has been removed (if you want to thank someone for something, you can do it in the "General Discussion" section of the forum)
- The RSS feed preview page has also been removed (useless)
- And the polls have been removed too

So feel free to give us your opinion in the comments.

P.S: In the same time, we added a section for the NuTyX distribution in the "Downloads" page.

PlayOnLinux 3.3

Saturday 24 January 2009 at 23:56

Here's the First version of PlayOnlinux for the year 2009 !

It is a major change in WineVersion's behavior, not about the graphics or the script implementation but on the internal code
This change allows the use of wine packages that have been intended for PlayOnLinux.
This means that we're no longer dependant on the debian repository, which was a source of problems for certain distributions, but on a repository maintained by a member of the team (MulX).

Every new version of wine will automatically be compiled on sunday night (if there has been a new version) and so the update in the Wine Version menu will happen on monday morning

Every version works on all distributions using Glibc with a version more recent than the 2.3.6 which should include every distribution that has been out since 2006 (the Glbic 2.3.6 was out on November, 3rd 2005).
This will allow the solution of problems encountered by users of Mandriva 2008.0 with earlier versions of PlayOnLinux and the newest versions of Wine. A problem that certainly affects other distributions

This means we'll no longer be using lzma (LZMA), a de/compression application used by the older versions to extract debian packages

note 1 : the RC versions don't have the same name anymore; the former manager used a tilde (~) as a seperator (1.0~rc1) whereas now it uses a dash (-) (1.0-rc1). If by any chance an installer still uses a RC version, please let us know so that we'll make the necessary adjustment.

note 2 : if you encounter a problem due to the use of a wine package, not a wine bug, but a bug on these packages, please let us know as soon as possible.

Message to the packagers : lzma is no longer required !!

PS: as a bonus you can even use the 0.9.7 version of wine !

Wine 1.1.13 (development version)

Saturday 17 January 2009 at 19:19

What does Wine 1.1.13 (What is Wine?), the latest development version, bring us:

- startup notifications.
- Many fixes for 64-bit application support.
- Improved graphics support in Internet Explorer.
- Various Richedit improvements.
- Better certificate manager dialog.
- Various bug fixes.

The detailed release note is available on the page of the official announce.

To download the source code or binary packages for several systems and distributions:


Wine 1.1.12 (development version)

Friday 2 January 2009 at 21:16

What does Wine 1.1.12 (What is Wine?), the latest development version, bring us:

- Some simple 64-bit apps should now run.
- Support for subpixel font rendering.
- 64-bit code generation in the IDL compiler.
- New version of the Gecko engine.
- Various bug fixes.

The detailed release note is available on the page of the official announce.

To download the source code or binary packages for several systems and distributions:


The year of the ox

Thursday 1 January 2009 at 19:03

Playonlinux's Staff wishes you a great and happy year of the ox

Thanks to you :

* More than 200 applications are available
* Playonlinux has been run more than 2000000 (2 million) times !!
* The most popular application is without a doubt "Internet Explorer 6" with about 15000 requests followed by "Steam" with about 14000 requests
* The less popular applications are "Sam and Max" 203, 204 and 205 with respectively 9, 7 and 9 requests !
* The most downloaded patch is "DirectX 9 : February 2005 - December 2006 patch" with more than 21000 requests.
* The "Star Wars : Knights Of The Old Republic - The Sith Lords Patch 2.01420 Français" was the least requested
* You've hit the "Refresh repositories" button more than 200000 times on the 3.x version

What happened in Playonlinux's world in 2008:

* Some members left (Zoloom, Goku, ...)
* Others joined (Toumeno, Marieuh [hi ] )
* The first version of Wine available in 2008 was the 0.9.53 version and the last was the 1.1.11 version
* New functions appeared in PlayOnLinux, others were abandonned such as the daemon function, the integrated chat, search in the installation menu ...

-Bonne année, güets nëies johr, prost Neujahr, sretna nova godina, godt nytår,      feliz año nuevo, onnellista uutta vuotta, gelukkig Nieuwjaar, Beschte Wìnsch fer's neije Johr [ça c'est du lorrain Cendre ] , ath bhliain faoi mhaise, boldog új évet, selamat tahun baru,      farsælt komandi ár, buon anno, laimīgu Jauno gadu, e gudd neit Joër, yangi yilingiz qutlug' bo'lsin,      feliz ano novo, un an nou fericit, stastlivy novy rok, gott nytt år, šťastný nový rok, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân, честита нова година, नया साल मुबारक हो, שנה טובה, с новым годом, 新年快樂, あけましておめでとうございます