29 April 2009 by Jeremy White
I've been in the business of trying to make Open Source
into a business for about 10 years now. It's a long and hard process and I'm sometimes prone
to bitterness and cynicism about it all, particularly when people
just don't get it.
But I've recently read Bill Vass's blog about
Open Source and our government. Bill makes a cogent argument that Open Source is superior
because it is more secure than a proprietary solution. This reminds me that this whole proposition
is about more than just making a living; it's also about doing things better. That is when I know
we've really hit our stride - when people stop talking about this as a novelty, or as the cheap option,
and instead really grasp that Open Source is just fundamentally…
20 April 2009 by Jeremy White
We've been making good progress towards CrossOver 8.0. In fact, we are feeling confident
enough about our progress that we put out a
of the first beta. We've done this mostly for our customers that use Quicken 2006. This way,
they can upgrade to Quicken 2009 before the support for Quicken 2006 expires.
While we're pleased with the progress on 8.0, we do have a good bit of work to do. Internet Explorer 7
requires some polish, and our efforts to make Office 2007 progress to Gold rating needs a good bit more
work as well. Of course, all of our efforts and the efforts of the Wine
community as a whole, mean that even this beta build represents a significant progress.
I'm really looking
forward to releasing a more polished…
13 April 2009 by Jeremy White
I've just returned from the
Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit
held in San Francisco last week. It was great fun - I enjoyed reconnecting with old friends,
and getting a handle on the current state of Linux.
It also marks an important point in our development as a company. That is, several years ago, when the Intel-based Macs first started shipping, we poured an enormous amount of energy into our Mac product. More than half of our revenue now comes from the Mac market, and that new market has been a powerful boon to our company. We continue to focus heavily on the Mac market, further developing our products to help our Mac customers.
However, what is exciting for me, personally, is that the Linux market has not been standing still.…
7 April 2009 by Jeremy White
I've just spent the past 5 days in Nashville, Tennessee, bringing our chess club
to the SuperNationals chess tournament - the biggest scholastic chess tournament
of the year. This is my hobby - I discovered a few years ago that coaching kids
in chess was an enormous amount of fun - even more fun than playing it seriously,
as I had as a youth.
This trip to Nationals was the culmination of two years of planning, and the capstone
of my older son's career with the club (along with several other key 8th graders).
And what a great ride it was! 28 kids, a bunch of adults, one big magic yellow bus,
and a whole lot of fun with chess!
We entered teams into 4 of the available 15 sections, and we
won 1st place in a K-3 section, 11th place in one…
31 March 2009 by Jeremy White
Okay, so we've got our sales tax stuff all squared away (or so I hope; I'll find out
tomorrow during the audit). Now we're driving hard towards completing CrossOver 8.0.
We've done a ton of work that is going into CrossOver 8; we've got Internet Explorer 7 running,
and we're working on 8. We've got a huge number of fixes for Microsoft Office, notably Outlook.
And most importantly, we've got Quicken 2009 working along nicely. That's critical, because
Quicken 2006 goes out of support in 30 days here.
The challenge with Wine, though is that it seems like it's always two steps forward, one
step back. In the process of fixing some issues with MS Office, we improved Wine's support
for the MSI (Microsoft Installer) technology. Unfortunately,…
23 March 2009 by Jeremy White
I've been distracted this past week because I've been dealing
with a sales tax audit. It turns out to be a fascinating glimpse into some of
the collisions between a web-based business and the more traditional
Because our only significant office is here in Minnesota, we pay sales taxes only in Minnesota. And
because Minnesota is a relatively small portion of our sales, we're just not talking about
a ton of money, or a major issue.
Nevertheless, we've always worked to pay our sales taxes honorably, and I
thought we did a pretty good job.
A nice auditor from the State of Minnesota has been gently helping me
to see how wrong I was. You see, it turns out that the 'location' of a particular
transaction is not…
16 March 2009 by Jeremy White
So I'm blessed with a wonderful wife. She helped support our efforts
around World of Warcraft by playing WoW with me (up until I got sick
of it at about level 40). Last summer, we decided we wanted to tackle
Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). That is,
we wanted to bring the Windows version to Mac and Linux.
So we both got accounts, and started playing. The idea was that I'd
be the perfect beta tester, so that as we worked to officially support it,
I could be a lead tester.
Nicely, the game engine itself works great in CrossOver and Wine.
Unfortunately, the launcher, the main program that does updates and
gets things going, is a .NET application, and it doesn't work. It's
really the key to genuinely supporting LOTRO.
9 March 2009 by Jeremy White
pointed out that it has been 8 months since I had put out a road map.
So I thought I'd take some time to review what we've accomplished in these past 8 months,
and what we hope to accomplish through the rest of the year.
This has been an interesting 8 months. We've deliberately been working on
some very 'unsexy' initiatives. For example, we've been focusing a
lot of energy on some 'under the hood' improvements to Wine. Things like
.NET support, work on a DIB Engine, Gdiplus, and a lot of Direct X work.
We've also spent a lot of energy focusing on issues with Microsoft Office 2003
and 2007, in an effort to bring those applications fully up to 'Gold' level.
We have had some challenges; for example, we discovered,…