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Linux — The Final Frontier | Part Two

5 June 2018  
by James RameyJames Ramey
“You judge a man by the tools he uses to get the job done.”  My dad shared this wisdom with me when I was 10 or 11.  He was a farmer.  He grew up and spent much of his life in North Dakota.  He was an incredibly hard working man with an endless work ethic.  And he was quick at sizing up the people around him.  When I inquired as to ‘why?’, he simply stated that a smart man chooses the right tool for the job and puts that tool to good work.  Somehow, someway, this advice has stuck with me for over 35 years, and my dad’s wisdom holds true to this day.  It’s simple but true.  A smart man picks the best available tool for the job and puts it to good work by making it an extension of him. >>>…

Linux — The Final Frontier | Part One

1 June 2018  
by James RameyJames Ramey
The migration from macOS to Linux – The start of the journey!President’s Log  — Start Date:  06/01/2018 I lied to myself, to my family, and to my friends as my reasoning for joining the CodeWeavers team. I told them (and myself) that I joined CodeWeavers because of their mission, their people, the compensation, and the flexibility that comes with working for a technology company.  But if I’m honest, I was most drawn to the 15” MacBook Pro that came with the position.  My CEO was smart about it too.  He brought the MacBook into the interviews.  He showed it off to me.  He even allowed me to test it out a bit.  It made me want to be the Vice President of Sales at CodeWeavers.  >>>…

How do you hit a moving target? The Challenge of Supporting Microsoft Office 2016

The struggle is real.  After nearly four years of really hard work to deliver support for Microsoft Office 2016, we’re not quite ‘there’ yet.  Our developers are still struggling with supporting Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365.  Try as we might, these versions of Office are proving difficult to support.  How difficult?  Imagine trying to take a picture of a cheetah from the back of a flatbed truck that’s screaming across the Serengeti at 90 miles per hour.  Now add a cross-wind and throw in some other animals that need to be swerved around and make this happen in the dark of night.  That’s roughly the challenge that our team is encountering in supporting Office 2016. >>> O CrossOver 17 — How…

'In-Cider' Info: CodeWeavers Working on 64-bit Support for macOS

7 May 2018
by Brian MathieuBrian Mathieu
Starting April 12, users running the current version of macOS High Sierra were greeted with a warning  the first time they launched any non-Apple app that wasn’t 64-bit. See above for what it looks like in CrossOver. Apple has been migrating its software along with its hardware from 32 to 64-bit over the past few years. There are several reasons why transitioning to 64-bit only is inevitable and advantageous: 64-bit apps have access to more memory and allow for much more efficient performance. As Apple introduces new OS-level technologies, they are written for and require 64-bit only apps. When you have the ability to run both 64 and 32-bit apps, all of the libraries, frameworks, and parts of the operating system that the applications rely…

Employee Spotlight — Ulrich Czekalla

He manages development resources at CodeWeavers with his turtle spirit animal as his co-pilot.  He could give a 40-minute presentation on the challenges of an off-grid cabin in winter, with absolutely no preparation; he will never buy two cats and a dog again. He’s a morning person, whose favorite day on the calendar is Boxing Day and least favorite sport to watch is darts. He may have seen a ghost, has never owned a waterbed and his dream car is a Google self-driving car. If you are looking for a suduko player, he’s your man, if you are looking for a karaoke partner he’s not your man. Introducing our talented Canadian Director of Development—Ulrich Czekalla. In his own words: I grew up in Toronto, Canada. I got my first computer in…

Celebrate good times, come on (Let's celebrate)

This May, CodeWeavers will celebrate its 22nd Birthday! That's right folks, we've been around for 22 years. It's time to celebrate! We will be taking the month to share with you an abundance of special offers (sign up here to stay in the know), a glance at the different facets of our corporate culture, fun facts a CrossOver macOS and Linux release and maybe a cake (who am I kidding, of course there will be cake). So stay tuned, you never know what might pop up this month. It's gonna be fun! So bring your good times and your laughter tooWe gonna celebrate your party with you Come on now! Some companies celebrate employee milestones with cupcakes, some get a special parking spot, some might get lunch with the boss, some might be blessed with…

Employee Spotlight — Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real

He saw snow for the first time when he visited Minnesota in March of 2018, he has a bachelor degree in mathematics and once dreamed of becoming a professional footballer (what we here in the states call soccer). Although he loves dogs (he has two Labradors), a test once told him that his spirit animal is an owl. Surprisingly, when asked if he would rather go to a tropic island or the Arctic, he chose the Arctic. His favorite philosopher is Immanuel Kant and on his to-do list is becoming a vegetarian. Introducing our only developer from Colombia —  Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real. Name: Sergio Andrés Gómez Del Real Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia Currently Lives: Barranquilla, Colombia In his own words: I studied mathematics and…

Sweet sixteen for CrossOver

27 March 2018
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
On March 27th, 2002, we launched CrossOver Office 1.0.  That was a great day for us; it was when the 'modern' version of CodeWeavers was born, and when we were really able to start on our journey to bring Windows compatibility to Linux and Mac users. It was also a very fun day.  You see, I had started out with a business model that depended on Linux on the Desktop taking off, and that there would be a high demand by ISVs for software ports.  We would make our living by helping perform those ports using Wine.  Unfortunately for us, it turns out that Linux on the Desktop did *not* take off (we are still waiting for the year of the Linux Desktop), and so we were struggling.  In fact, we had used up our fiscal cushion, and our last…

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