CodeWeavers Blogs

26 June 2018 by Ryan  AbhiramRyan Abhiram  

The good, the bad and maybe not so ugly

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…

Employee Spotlight — Anna Lasky

She admits that she would be a terrible health care worker. If you want to make her day, cook her good food and clean the dishes. She has never kept a New Year’s resolution but she could give a 40-minute presentation with absolutely no preparation on the benefits and logistics of small-scale local food operations. She will NEVER go on a road trip with a dog and a cat again and her dream car is a Pagani Zonda. And PLEASE people, stop asking her when she is getting married! She spends her days at CodeWeavers discovering and recording where CrossOver breaks — introducing Anna Lasky, one of our Quality Assurance Engineers! In her own words: I am a small-scale farm-hand turned software tester enjoying the comforts provided by making a living while…

5 June 2018 by James RameyJames Ramey  

Linux — The Final Frontier | Part Two

“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. >>>…

1 June 2018 by James RameyJames Ramey  

Linux — The Final Frontier | Part One

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…

7 May 2018 by Brian MathieuBrian Mathieu

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

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…

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