In honor of the great Lame Duck giveaway

26 October 2009 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Wednesday the 28th is the one year anniversary of our Lame Duck giveaway special, in which we gave away 650,000 copies of CrossOver, melted down our servers, and destroyed the US economy.

We're choosing to celebrate the anniversary in a variety of ways. First, we're going to launch a 'CrossOver is NOT Free' promotion starting on Wednesday.

Next, in honor of the Lame Duck, we have given our next two upcoming releases code names. 'Snow Mallard' is the upcoming version of regular CrossOver and 'Zombie Mallard' is the upcoming version of CrossOver Games.

Snow Mallard represents a radical departure for us. For the first time, we're going to embrace the reality that CrossOver runs many applications, rather than just a limited number. Instead of a fixed number of applications supported by CrossOver, CrossOver will be able to use 'Application Installer Profiles', which can come from us, or from the broader community. This should make it easier for our Advocates to bake tips and tricks right into an installation recipe.

Snow Mallard also includes a complete rewrite of the client engine, so everyone, particularly Linux users, should see a dramatic improvement in behavior.

Zombie Mallard will continue to build on the great games we support now, and add support for Left 4 Dead 2, once it's available.

The marketing guys also tell me we'll have a new video out tomorrow, something to do about the Lame Duck as well. But they won't tell me what it is; some kind of surprise...


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Neal Gompa
Neal Gompa
Posted 2009-10-26 16:06
Does this also mean that the client UI won't look ugly as sin on Linux? It looks great on Mac OS X, but the Linux version looks like something dropped out of 1997.

Other than that, great!
Posted 2009-10-27 11:59
Great! Really looking forward :)
William Bokunic
Posted 2009-10-27 12:55
Hopefully Source games in Zombie Mallard will perform better in DX9 than in CxG 8.0.
Mike Johnston
Posted 2009-10-28 15:58
I hope you guys have a great amount of success with this giveaway. I think it's more than reasonable.

Martin Weißhaupt
Martin Weißhaupt
Posted 2009-10-28 17:23
After using Crossover since the Lame Duck giveaway I'll be a paying customer soon (As soon as I get my paycheck!).
And I hope the Left 4 Dead 2 support will be good 😉
Posted 2009-10-29 20:47
Good to know what you have in store for the next update.  I am definitely going to go ahead and renew my subscription now.  I got it for free for the Lame Duck giveaway but now I am hooked!
Carlos Lozano
Posted 2009-11-09 03:44
I also read your "" statement. I think you guys totally rock!

Wishing you all the best and continuing success in the future!


Carlos Lozano Diez
GFT IT Consulting
Posted 2009-11-15 19:22
Is there a supposed release fate for Zombie Mallard because i just bought l4d2 and would like to play it as soon as possible
Posted 2009-11-22 06:23
left 4 dead 2 runs quite well, check out
and download cxgames 8.1

Awesome work guys, cant wait to get involved.
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