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Working on Wine Part 2 - Wine's Build Process

About This Guide This is a series of guides intended to introduce software developers to the Wine ecosystem. It will cover what Wine is, how to use Wine, how to debug Wine, how to fix Wine, and what to do with your fix once you've made it. Part 1 describes what Wine is and provides a short description of various popular forks of Wine. Part 2 describes Wine's build process. Part 3 describes how to use Wine as a developer. Part 4 describes how to debug Wine in general. Part 5 describes Wine's source tree layout and how to edit the source. Part 6 describes how you can send your work upstream. Wine is effectively an operating system, including all of the libraries that a Windows system provides, such as support for 3D graphics, networking, audio, and…

Working on Wine Part 1 - The Wine Ecosystem

About This Guide This is a series of guides intended to introduce software developers to the Wine ecosystem. It will cover what Wine is, how to use Wine, how to debug Wine, how to fix Wine, and what to do with your fix once you've made it. Part 1 describes what Wine is and provides a short description of various popular forks of Wine. Part 2 describes Wine's build process. Part 3 describes how to use Wine as a developer. Part 4 describes how to debug Wine in general. Part 5 describes Wine's source tree layout and how to edit the source. Part 6 describes how you can send your work upstream. What is Wine? Wine is an open source reimplementation of Microsoft's Windows operating system on top of various Unix operating systems. It primarily targets…

Pet Project Debunks Myths About Working in Tech

20 December 2018
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
Is working in Tech Company really defined by misogyny, greed and soullessness? This year, I took on a small creative pet project that started as a beer o’clock joke. When the project was complete, I realized that this one piece of work debunks many of the stereotypes people have about the tech industry and working in tech. “It's a booming industry filled with endless possibilities. Computer technology has come to define a large part of our culture for the past 20 years. And, of course, it's only getting bigger.”[1] Myth: It’s a one-stop shop for making millionsReality: 90% of all tech start-ups fail Perhaps the nicest car in our company parking lot (and the most fun) is our System Admin’s Mini Cooper.  We have…

CrossOver Joins the Party with Version 18

19 October 2018
by Hana PagelHana Pagel
CrossOver joins the party... It’s been a big year for CodeWeavers. This summer we marked the momentous 25th Anniversary of Wine with all our nearest and dearest in The Hague, Netherlands. Not long after that, we (finally) unveiled the work we’ve done for Valve to help bring high-quality gaming to Linux via Proton and Steam Play.  >>>Wine and Steam — A Major Milestone The CodeWeavers’ milestones of the last year have accompanied a wave of advancements to Wine and its related technologies, which have brought an unmistakable sense of joy and energy to the Wine community and beyond. I’m happy to announce that our latest release brings some of that celebration home to CrossOver.  What’s new?  First up,…

What day? You don't say —It's National Video Games Day

12 September 2018
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
It sure seems these days there is a national day for everything. And a quick Google search confirms it. Did you know there are over 1,500 national days? >>> National Day Calendar I, myself am genetically predisposed to celebrate EVERYTHING! Half-birthdays — bring it. Puppy birthday cakes — but of course! National donut day — duh! Cinco de Mayo — naturally! Leap Year — what have I got to lose? Life anniversaries — sure why not.  You get the gist. So when it popped up in my social media planning that there is a National Video Games Day, I couldn’t resist. Especially with all the work we recently have done for Proton and Steam Play. >>> Wine and Steam – A Major Milestone Did you know there…

Wine and Steam - A Major Milestone

22 August 2018  
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
Yesterday, Valve announced a new feature in Steam Play that allows Windows titles to run on the Linux version of Steam using Wine. We have been working directly with Valve for two years on this effort, and the launch yesterday was one of the most joyful days of my career, for a variety of reasons.  First, the personal – my sons both grew up using Linux.  My older son graduated from college, got a job, and eventually bought a Windows PC so he could play his favorite games.  My younger son is still in college, and he remains a die hard Linux user.  Last night, he was able to install and run the few Windows games he craved on his Linux laptop. Second, the professional – I have long felt that computer games are the key to any…

The good, the bad and maybe not so ugly

26 June 2018  
by Ryan AbhiramRyan Abhiram
So Apple is making the gutsy move of completely transitioning over to only 64-bit applications with next release of macOS. This reminds me of the movie The Good, the Bad and Maybe not so Ugly. As not to get too technical, let’s keep this simple. The NOT so ugly: A 64-bit program may be a little faster (depending on how it works). If you use applications that are memory demanding (like Photoshop, 3D rendering, etc) then having a 64-bit version will give it access to more of your computer's memory. In short, you are looking at better performance and compatibility with newer applications.>>> 'In-Cider' Info: CodeWeavers Working on 64-bit Support for macOS The bad: 32-bit applications will not run in the upcoming macOS without…

CrossOver in a Linux VM on a Google Pixelbook: a Walkthrough

A New Technology on Chromebooks CodeWeavers is always excited to see new platforms where we can expand Windows compatibility.  Of course we were thrilled when this year at Google I/O, the Chrome OS team announced a powerful new feature coming to Chromebooks.  Starting with Google Pixelbook, Chrome OS will be able to run a full Linux environment in a secure virtual machine. Linux VMs on Chrome OS open up a lot of possibilities.  Google focused on the ability to use Chrome OS as a self-hosting Android development platform by running Android Studio in the Linux VM.  At CodeWeavers, of course, I was excited to try running our Linux build of CrossOver on a Chromebook inside the virtual machine. >>> Read How Josh Got Wine…

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