CodeWeavers Blogs

18 June 2009 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

The anatomy of a release

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…

7 May 2009 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Props for Our Advocates

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…

29 April 2009 by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White

Another reason why this is so important

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 WhiteJeremy White

Steady march to 8.0; builds for OpenSolaris and FreeBSD

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 public release 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 WhiteJeremy White

Linux and Mac

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 WhiteJeremy White

And now for something completely different

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 WhiteJeremy White

Two steps forward, one step back

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 WhiteJeremy White

Fun with sales tax

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 government processes. 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…

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