SAINT PAUL, Minn. (September 15, 2008) - CodeWeavers, Inc., a leading developer of software products that transform Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems, has extended the Google Chromium launch beyond Windows. They are announcing the release of CrossOver Chromium for Mac and Linux, available immediately as a free download.
CrossOver Chromium is offered as a proof-of-concept so that Mac and Linux users can try first hand the power and flexibility of the new Chromium open source browser. CrossOver Chromium also showcases the power of Wine that allows CodeWeavers to rapidly migrate technology from Windows to alternate platforms.
"We did this to prove a point," said Jeremy White, CodeWeavers President and chief executive officer. "The message is very simply this: if you are a Windows software vendor, and you want to get your product into new markets, you should pay attention to Wine. Wine is a very powerful tool for bringing your product to new audiences in the Mac and Linux spaces. And in many cases Wine is faster and more economical than doing a native port."
"This is really cool," agreed Larry Kettler, Vice President of Business Development at Xandros, a leading Linux distribution and digital download and software management service. "CodeWeavers has demonstrated that Linux users don't have to be second-class citizens in terms of getting their hands on the latest software releases. I'm very impressed that they were able to release this just a few days after the Chromium open source project was launched."
White was quick to caution that CrossOver Chromium is still in its early stages. "CrossOver Chromium is a proof of concept built around a piece of beta code. So users shouldn't view this as a production release. It may be buggy, and they should use it with caution. Nevertheless, it is as fully functional as the Windows beta, and we think that sends an important message."
John Rizzo, noted blogger for MacWindows.com, also expressed his interest. "Chromium understandably generated a lot of buzz when it was released last week. Anything Google does is big news. It's intriguing that CodeWeavers could pick up that ball as rapidly as they did and run with it. I'm sure there will be a lot of Mac users out there who will want to try this out, if nothing else just to see what all the excitement is about."
Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers today 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 Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the UK, and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to www.codeweavers.com.
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