Collabora Adds New Features to Their Wayland Driver for Wine

Wayland Wine

Collabora shared today with 9to5Linux their latest work on the experimental Wayland driver for Wine to further improve running Windows games and apps on Linux systems.

First unveiled in mid-December 2020, the Wayland driver for Wine enables you to run Windows applications and games via the Wine compatibility layer on GNU/Linux distributions that use the Wayland display system, as a drop-in replacement for XWayland.

During these past two months, Collabora’s engineers worked hard on improving the Wayland driver for Wine by adding a handful of new features like copy and paste support from both Wine and Wayland apps, the ability to drag and drop items from native Wayland apps to Wine apps, and support for changing the display mode.

“The focus of this update is to support a number of new features that are useful for applications and games, and which have also been considered potential integration pain points for the Wayland driver,” said Alexandros Frantzis in a blog announcement.

The most important change in this first major update is the ability to change the display mode because Wayland currently doesn’t allow apps/games to directly change the mode in the display hardware. To see these new improvements in action, check out the video below.

In related news, Collabora recently shared their contributions to the latest Linux 5.11 kernel series, which add another layer of improvements to better support more and more modern Windows games on Linux.

Also, if you’re interested in running Windows games on your GNU/Linux distribution, you should also check out Valve’s latest work on the Proton compatibility tool for Steam Play based on Wine, as well as the recent release of DXVK, a Vulkan-based implementation of D3D9, D3D10 and D3D11 for Wine.

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