CodeWeavers Blogs

When to retire Tiger

18 September 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
So now that Snow Leopard is out and roaring, a debate is raging inside CodeWeavers about Tiger. With each release of Mac OS X, we have to tune CrossOver; we've yet to have a major release 'just work'. And at this point, CrossOver runs on all versions of Mac OS X that run on an Intel processor. But I'm getting a lot of pressure to drop Tiger support from the development team. Supporting Tiger slows us down; there are more advanced techniques we don't use, because we need to remain backwards compatible with Tiger. Further, Tiger never really supported CrossOver that well; there is a nasty bug that causes a serious performance hit. Nicely, Apple fixed that in Leopard. Further, less than 10% of our customer base is still on Tiger. So there are a lot…

Civil Rights for Zombies

2 September 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
So I think of myself as an open minded person, and I'm deeply passionate about securing rights for every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or operating system choice. (Although I'm not so sure about marriage amongst Windows users - is that really safe? 😊 ). However, I just can't get behind the idea of Civil Rights for Zombies. Now I understand that Zombies were people, too, and that we should be open minded and considerate where we can. But, feeble as it may be, I'm remarkably fond of my brain, and don't care to have it eaten. Perhaps history will judge us all harshly. Perhaps it would be more humane to establish zoos, where they could be safely watched, as we do with other predators, such as Snow Leopards. But…

The Vacation from Heck

20 August 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
Each year, my family vacations in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. In fact, my wife has been there every year but one of her life. It's a great vacation; we stay at a fantastic timeshare that my wife's parents own. One year - the first time we took our older son there - we had what we refer to as "the vacation from Hell". Our son developed asthma and croup that week. This was long before we understood either ailment, so all we knew was that he was miserable and that three days of sleep deprivation mess you up. We finally fled in misery, late in the night, in a complete fog bank. It felt like a bad horror movie 😢. We still have fond memories of a Shell station near Green Bay that was far enough inland to be out of the fog. Nicely, every year…

The joy of small businesses

5 August 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
There are many frustrations running a small business. You don't have an army of accountants to deal with oddball tax problems . You don't have a large marketing department to run expensive ads on national TV. Your embezzlement choices are paper clips or pens, not millions of dollars in golden parachutes. But there is a lot of joy as well. You get to pull together fun marketing campaigns. If you're bored of the grind, it's nice to knock off to go grab some shag carpet samples, and roll start an old car. Last week was even more fun - our game developers told us that we were ready for some large scale testing on a lot of work they'd done. So I got to order everyone in the office to play games. Despite the fact that Left 4 Dead was playing…

Living in interesting times

14 July 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
Last week, Google announced their newest operating system, Chrome OS. And the internet exploded with speculation and scheming about what it all means. But whether Chrome OS is a 'Windows Killer' or a big yawn, I don't care - I'm jumping up and down and celebrating regardless. That is, I crave diversity, innovation, and freedom of choice. I believe that technology, particularly computer software, can drastically change the world for the better. And I believe that the more choices there are, the better. And to me, the emergence of products like Chrome OS signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation and choice in the technology field. So you can bet that when Chrome OS comes out, we'll have an offering ready for it…

The anatomy of a release

18 June 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
I am very happy to report that we've shipped CrossOver Mac 8.0 and CrossOver Linux 8.0. As with all of our major releases, this has been a long and difficult process. Of course, we couldn't have done it without our fantastic beta testers and our great community of Advocates. Thanks guys! It's interesting to compare and contrast this release with our original CrossOver Office 1.0 release. With that release, we were scrambling like mad; putting out new test releases every few hours. Our whole goal was to make Word and Excel operate nicely - that's all we cared about. We had no customers (and desperately needed them), so time pressure was killer. We went from idea to release in about 3 months. It was a great time to be at…

Props for Our Advocates

7 May 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
One of the most powerful resources our company has is our community of Advocates. These are the people who voluntarily choose to help test CrossOver and then share their knowledge with other CrossOver users. They write the Tips & Tricks. They post on the Forums. Often, they find ways to get applications running when we simply don't have the time. In short, they are absolutely critical to the success of our Compatibility Center, which is one of our most valuable resources. As such, I'm pleased to announce that we've made a major set of changes in our Advocate program. Some of these new features are modest tuneups our advocates have asked for, like being able to vote more than once, being able to easily advocate more…

Another reason why this is so important

29 April 2009
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy 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…

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