Wine 8.0 is out. Could there finally be a proper Wine snap now?

I don’t know if these different versions are proper, but all that sure looks overwhelming and confusing.

…and so on.

Some crarification would be very good for many now that Linux adoption towards gaming is on the rise even more. Proton uses Wine in Steam.

Installing in the “official” way seems very cumbersome long project and even that dreadful PPA adding is needed:

I just wish things on this would be more simple and straightforward. Even though i’, a seasoned Linux user, even i get flabbercasted on Wine and its versions often times when someone asks.

So what’s the stance on having one convenient snap of Wine for every stable release at least? Or am i getting this all wrong?

Wine 8.0

To answer the question about the wine-platform-* snaps: Those packages are wine platform packages - their intended purpose is for use with sommelier for packaging Windows apps with wine. @mmtrt, who has packaged many Windows apps in Snap, owns them and might be able to give you more details.

IMO it’d probably be better if they were to be marked as unlisted in the snap store since you’re right that it can be confusing, but that’s neither here nor there.

Also, for Proton in Steam, you don’t need to install any versions of wine on your system. While Steam uses wine as the base for proton, it distributes the specific proton runtimes itself, so having a system copy of wine doesn’t make a difference.

As for the question about a wine snap: It’s probably doable. It’d probably be easiest with classic confinement, but I doubt it would actually be necessary. It would probably require some super-privileged interfaces though, such as personal-files access to $HOME/.local/share/applications to write desktop files for the relevant Windows apps.

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I really hope its doable too… Ubuntu’s own repo Wine always lags behind and no one wants to add PPA’s these days.