** Description changed:

+ Please consider the uploads of wine 1.8.4-1ubuntu1 and wine1.6 1:1.8.4ubuntu1 
for a FeatureFreeze Exception.
+ The current wine packages in Ubuntu are nearly two years old and several 
upstream releases behind.
+ Debdiffs of the proposed packages are in comments #54 and #55.
+ Build logs are available from the PPA mentioned in comment #42, along with 
instructions for testing.
+ Install logs are in comments #52 and #53.
+ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ The following was sent to ubuntu-devel on 2016-09-15:
+ https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2016-September/039498.html
+ Wine has been maintained separately from Debian in Ubuntu since
+ forever, and almost single-handedly by Scott Richie (thanks!).
+ Sadly, the Wine packages in Ubuntu have recently fallen behind, and
+ nobody stepped up to fill Scott's shoes.  Earlier this year, I filed a
+ bug [1] which ended up being used to discuss the situation and various
+ possible solutions.
+ During DebConf16, I met Jens Reyer of Debian's Wine Team and we came
+ up with a plan to transition to the Wine packages from Debian,
+ providing a smooth upgrade path and avoiding the epoch bump.  After
+ 18.04 we would be able to drop the delta between the Debian and Ubuntu
+ packages.
+ We plan to upload to Yakkety the wine source package from Debian with
+ additional breaks and replaces and a few other minor packaging
+ changes.  We would also upload a replacement for the wine1.6 source
+ package consisting of transitional packages that conflict with the old
+ Ubuntu packages and depend on the new packages from Debian.
+ The packages are currently available for testing from Jens' PPA [2].
+ Unfortunately, we will lose some of the desktop integration features
+ that Scott worked on, as these do not fit in with the Debian Wine
+ Team's current plans and some are seen as security risks.  However, we
+ will benefit from the up-to-date packages and the reduced maintenance
+ overhead by adopting the Debian packages.
+ [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine1.6/+bug/1558480
+ [2] 
+ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Wine 1.6.2 was released in October 2014.  The last upload from a Wine
  Team [1] member was wine 1.6 1:1.6.2-0ubuntu6 on 2014-10-06.  There have
  been subsequent uploads  by other Ubuntu Developers fixing bugs and
  transitioning libraries.
  The next stable releases from upstream were 1.8 in December 2015 and
  1.8.1 in February 2016.
  The Wine Team uploaded wine1.8 1:1.8.0-0ubuntu1 to their PPA [2] on
  2015-12-24, but I haven't seen any activity since then.
  In Debian, both wine [3] (currently at 1.8.1-2) and wine-development [4] 
(currently at 1.9.5-3) are maintained.
  The  wine1.6, wine1.7 and wine1.8 packages build a 'wine' binary package 
which conflicts with the Debian wine package and so wine is currently on the 
sync blacklist [5]. Wine-development is currently in Ubuntu [6], syncs 
automatically, and is on 1.9.1-1 due to sync freeze.
  I propose that wine1.6 be removed from the archive now, before the LTS 
  We can then look at migrating to the Debian packages.
  [1] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine
  [2] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-wine/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
  [3] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/wine
  [4] https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/wine-development
  [5] http://people.canonical.com/~ubuntu-archive/sync-blacklist.txt
  [6] https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/wine-development

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