Reflections on 15 years

12 May 2011 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

This month marks our 15th year anniversary. We're having great fun with it; you can check out our videos and the fantastic promotion we're running to go with it. I hope it all helps you to enjoy CrossOver goodness.

It's been a very interesting ride, these past 15 years. CodeWeavers is my second company; I was a partner in another company, Holten, White & Associates, prior to striking off on my own to found CodeWeavers. I founded CodeWeavers because I wanted to do interesting and meaningful work, work with people I respected, and have fun at work.

I'm glad to report that we've succeeded on all three fronts, although some of our dark days in the mid 2000s were very challenging.

We started out as a general purpose consulting company; we did high tech programming for various tech companies around the Twin Cities. But I wanted more meaningful work; I wanted to feel that my efforts made a real difference in the world. So we seized upon the Wine project, and we rebuilt the company entirely around the mission of Wine: helping people use Windows software on a non Windows platform.

I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished. Wine has had not one, but two stable releases, and is threatening to do a third. Wine now runs literally tens of thousands of Windows applications (we know this from analyzing the usage data our customers voluntarily submit). I like that we were quietly operating with an open core business model 7 years before it became trendy. (Heck, I was a nerd before that was trendy, too 😊 ). It's perhaps not as visible from the outside, but we also have a fantastic team of people. I have never worked with as talented, dedicated, or fun a group of people as we have here at CodeWeavers. I hope that comes through in our customer service and each contact you have with us.

I think our biggest challenge now is that people often have not heard of CrossOver or Wine. There is nothing more frustrating to have someone tell me that they wish they'd heard of us before they bought VMWare or Parallels. Hence, our effort to spread the word. And forgive us, but being silly is pretty much our favorite approach to marketing.

Of course, Wine is very far from perfect. We still have many bugs to fix (like getting Rift back in running order, for example), and we continue to work on this long, slow, process. My greatest wish is that in my 30th anniversary blog post, I will no longer have to say that.

Finally, I am deeply grateful for the many people that have helped us through the years. I appreciate each and every one of our customers hard earned dollars (although I have to admit that starting this Sunday, I'll appreciate your hard earned Euros and Pounds more 😊 ). Our advocates provide us with staunch moral support, and have created an amazing resource for our customers. The vendors and partners we've worked with through the years have acted as an extension of our own fantastic team.

Thank you all; I am deeply grateful.

Jeremy

About CodeWeavers
Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine – the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Mac and Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held.

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Kjetil Fleten
Kjetil Fleten
Posted 2011-05-12 16:37
You really do interesting and meaningful work ! We really appreciate what you do, and we work with you to extend the knowledge of Wine AND that there IS support available even for enterprise customers that want to run Windows applications on Linux platforms.

Thats what we deliver: Ubuntu platforms running any software our customers like - WITH support. Codeweavers make it possible.

Thanks !

Kjetil Fleten
Fleten.net
Denmark
juan courville
juan courville
Posted 2011-05-12 17:01
I being using Cross Over on and off for about 5 or 6 years now, sometimes using wine, sometimes back into Cross Over. You guys made possible ditching window until I could fine a Linux replacement. But since I still have crappy hardware and barely a decent Video Card, I havent being able to play the "good games"  😭

So keep the good work and spread the word, I try to do that everything someone complains about a need to use a Windows App
Alexander
Posted 2011-05-13 06:16
Congratulations, you have accomplished something to be really proud about !
ikir
ikir
Posted 2011-06-10 12:01
You have done a fantastic job so far! Keep up the good work!
Martyn Hare
Martyn Hare
Posted 2011-08-16 15:20
There's one key word that comes to mind with each of the following points - evolution

* Survived the economic recession

CodeWeavers hasn't gone under just because a load of morons couldn't pay back their mortgages

* Survived the Lame Duck Challenge

If TPB didn't get CX out there in a fee-free way then the Lame Duck Challenge sure did, although it got you epic publicity!

* Successfully out-competed an existing company in their own niche area

TransGaming Cedega, a rival product to CrossOver Games, is now no more.  Now their product is free of charge to "developers" under the name GameTree Linux - however anyone can sign up to get the binaries for free while CodeWeavers continues to sell yearly subscriptions =]


Happy Birthday!
Joseph Kelley Jernigan
Joseph Kelley Jernigan
Posted 2012-04-09 15:25
I have been glad to be along for that ride, for the past 10 years, as a user of your great product.

Kelley
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