I agree. I downloaded the trial before realizing it didn't work, and went with a tech support email before I found this. I'd love to support these nice people and their wonderful project, but not if I have to suffer Linux.
Anyway, I responded with a request that they host a better petition, since I can't do much in the way of voting without actually having a copy of crossover office, and I am not going to pay for software I cannot use.
my suggestion was:
- User's name/email (email only used to inform the user when the BSD version becomes available.
- Version of BSD used
- Personal or Corperate
- How many copies of the "basic" version would be bought
- How many copies of the "delux" version would be bought
- How many copies of the server version would be bought
- Would you be willing to make a contribution (even less than $500) if the project were initiated
Another alternative I just thought of, since Crossover Office is open source, based on a GPLed app...
Contact the varous BSD dev groups (And OS X?), and ask them for help. They register when they help, and the amount of work done is audited/confirmed. Crossover Office then releases separate BSD and Linux packages, and the BSD crowd then gets a royalty of "X%" of the profit, split by work done, based on the sales of the BSD port of Crossover Office for a certain number of years. Little/no risk, many happy customers, a good chance for profit.