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Announcing a first Alpha build of CrossOver 19 for macOS Catalina

Hi folks, As you are probably aware, we have been working hard to provide support for 32 bit applications on macOS 10.15, Catalina.  This has proven to be a monumental challenge, as we are effectively adding back a facility that Apple has taken away. I am happy to announce that we have finished a first alpha build of CrossOver 19 for macOS 10.15.  This build is intended for customers that have upgraded to Catalina only to find themselves unable to run their favorite Windows applications with CrossOver.  Our hope is that this build will get those customers back up and running. If you are a customer that is running Catalina and you have an existing CrossOver install, please contact us to ask for access to this build.…

Quick Catalina Update — October 25, 2019

25 October 2019  
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
Hi folks, We are overdue for an update on our support for 32 bit applications on Catalina.  All of the key developers are heads down, working on that support, so I thought I'd write a quick summary. Today for the first time we took a build from the developers and gave it to QA.  And I'm thrilled to report that this build is showing real progress; we ran a few applications including Notepad++, Steam, and a few games.  This is very exciting forward progress for us, and shows that we are beginning to integrate all of the hard work of the team over this past year. However, a lot of applications are still not working; a wide range of our titles fail (Quicken, Office, and others).  Right now, those failures center around…

A Tragic Loss

8 September 2019
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
This past month, we here at CodeWeavers and the wider Wine community suffered a devastating loss.  Our friend and colleague, Józef Kucia, died at the age of 30. Józef first contributed to Wine in March of 2012, showing remarkable skill with Wine’s D3D technology.  He became a key contributor to Wine, submitting over 2,500 patches. He also contributed to other open source projects including Mesa and Debian.  Józef founded and led the vkd3d project and provided insight and guidance to the Vulkan working group. Józef joined CodeWeavers in 2015, and quickly became one of our most valued employees. While technically brilliant, Józef was a man of few words. He carried a quiet kindness, but it could be difficult to draw him out. …

Wine and Steam - A Major Milestone

22 August 2018  
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
Yesterday, Valve announced a new feature in Steam Play that allows Windows titles to run on the Linux version of Steam using Wine. We have been working directly with Valve for two years on this effort, and the launch yesterday was one of the most joyful days of my career, for a variety of reasons.  First, the personal – my sons both grew up using Linux.  My older son graduated from college, got a job, and eventually bought a Windows PC so he could play his favorite games.  My younger son is still in college, and he remains a die hard Linux user.  Last night, he was able to install and run the few Windows games he craved on his Linux laptop. Second, the professional – I have long felt that computer games are the key to any…

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…

New Beginnings: CrossOver on Chrome OS

Today is a very exciting day - we have released an open Beta of CrossOver on Chrome OS, which runs on the Android subsystem of Chrome OS and makes it possible to easily and cleanly run Windows applications on an Intel based Chromebook. This is a particularly satisfying for me, personally.  That is, I have always loved technology best when there is are a lot of vibrant options in the market.  With the launch of CrossOver, we believe that Chrome OS becomes an even more compelling choice. And I love this version of CrossOver; I think it's our cleanest and most elegant version yet.  It's inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Android and Chrome OS; I think it's by far the best CrossOver we've ever made. It's been a long journey - we've…

Celebrating 20 Years

Twenty years ago this month, a fresh faced, much younger version of me started CodeWeavers. I had four goals:Do important and challenging workWork with people I respectHave fun at workMake lots of moneyWe have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams on the first three points. The jury is still out on the fourth point. Turns out making money when you give the bulk of your work away poses a real challenge. 😊A few years into our corporate life, about 1999, I decided that the problem I wanted to tackle was the stifling monoculture of the computing industry. I felt that a Windows only universe was boring, so our mission to help people use Wine to escape from Windows was born. We've been fighting that battle ever since. Wine is now a powerful technology; used…

Numerology for fun and profit

10 December 2012
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
We have had a major battle inside our walls over the past few years over version numbers. We shipped our first CrossOver branded product over 11 years ago. Lately I've been expressing the concern that we're going to get sick of just adding 1 to the version number. CrossOver 26 sounds lame to my ears, and who ever bought version 13 of a program? So we had a big battle over how to handle this. We discussed new names for the product. We discussed renaming the company. We discussed using animal names (imagine CrossOver Timber Wolf). We discussed following the Adobe model and make it CrossOver WS 1 (Wine Suite). Or maybe make it X1 (this is your hint to look at the logo presentation of CrossOver 11). In the end, as we were discussing the 'science'…

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