Today marks a major milestone for me, personally, for CodeWeavers, and for the Wine project.
Not only did we ship CrossOver 7, our best CrossOver yet, but we, together with the rest of the Wine community, shipped Wine 1.0 today.
Wine 1.0 has been 15 years in the making, and includes 9 of the hardest years I've ever worked in my life. When I became involved with Wine and Free Software in 1999, the concept that you could successfully give away your work and still stay in business was foreign; Open Source business models were laughed at, Linux was unknown, and everyone was just waiting for Apple to die. Using an operating system not made in Redmond was considered ridiculous.
Today Apple is reinvigorated, Linux is flourishing, and Open Source business models are everywhere; in fact, very few startup technology companies are not
Open Source companies in some way.
And, most importantly to me, our quest to see a stable, highly functional and usable version of Wine is complete. Wine 1.0 is certainly not perfect, and thus neither is CrossOver 7, but they both offer a real opportunity to use Windows programs on Macintosh or Linux system in a seamless way. This means that we have worked, in our way, to eliminate that applications barrier to entry, and allowed people to enjoy an alternate operating system of their choosing.
I am very grateful to the many people that have supported our work, from our customers, to our fellow Wine developers.
But now I'm going to go celebrate
. It's rare that you have a chance to celebrate a milestone such as this, and I do not want to miss it.
But tomorrow we'll get back on track to continue to improve Wine so that we can continue to strive to make every application work perfectly.