Saturday, May 31, 2008

PlayOnLinux v3.0 a.k.a Arietis Released

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Riven: The Sequel To Myst

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Wine 1.0-rc3 Released

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Darwine 1.0-rc2 for OS X released

Darwine 1.0-rc2 for OS X released
  1. Bevore You install, please make sure:
    • Tiger users: install X11 from your Tiger Installation DVD
  2. download and open Darwine 1.0-rc2
  3. drag Darwine to the "/Applications" Folder
  4. to delete, just drag the folder "Darwine" to the trash
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    • Internet Explorer uses up to 100% CPU, which might turn on your vents
    • Internet Explorer 7 might not work at all, it is really only for testing
    • 1 of 4 tries downloads a corrupt "ActiveX MFC42" (maybe defective mirror?)
    • there are some issues with creating wineprefix (might be X11 related)
    • if You have symbols instead of letters, you lack the Microsoft Corefonts. Get them with TRiX
  6. to completely remove Darwine (and Windows apps) from your system delete the following files and folders:
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    • ~.wine
    • ~/Library/Preferences/org.wine.winehelper.plist

What's new in this release:
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WWN Issue 347 was released today

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

winetricks 20080527 released

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How-to: Compile Wine with the 3dmark patch!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How-to: Playing Crashday on Linux with Wine!

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AirRivals on Linux with Wine

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Monday, May 26, 2008

How-to: Playing GTA 2 on Linux with Wine!

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

PlayOnLinux version 3 release plan and video

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How-to: Playing Psychonauts on Linux with Wine!

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Wine 1.0 release status as of 1.0.0-rc3

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

winetricks 20080523 released

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Friday, May 23, 2008

How-to: Playing Oblivion on Linux with Wine!

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Wine 1.0-rc2 Released

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Microsoft Office 2007 Install Guide

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PlayOnLinux Polistats

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PlayOnLinux Script Creator 0.3 available

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Monday, May 19, 2008

winetricks 20080519 released

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

CrossOver Games Mac Version 7.0.0 Review

INTRODUCTION:

The recent advent of Mac OS X systems for Intel has been a welcome reward for those of us that need Windows compatibly. We are no longer saddled with the high cost overhead of CPU emulation as we are now free to use Windows software with very little performance hit thanks to the Wine project and its commercial counterpart CodeWeavers CrossOver. CrossOver provides the user with the ability to directly install their Windows applications as if they were a native OS X application, complete with a Dock Icon and Finder integration, however you should keep in mind not all applications are supported at this time.

There are other Windows compatibility solutions such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion which achieve a much greater degree of compatibly by actually allowing the user to install a full copy of Windows inside of a virtual machine, however both of these products are limited by the requirement of a Windows license. The resulting trade off is one of compatibility for price.

In this, the first of a three part series I will explore using CrossOver Games on OS X and using steam along with some examples of ways you can tweak your CrossOver configuration to improve game play. Part two will include a review of CrossOver Office for the Mac, detailing the usage of Microsoft Office 2003 (soon Office 2007) as well as Microsoft Project 2003 and Visio 2003. The final part in our series will include a review of the Wine project and how to use it with your OS X system.

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS A CHOICE:

CodeWeavers has recently taken to offering more bleeding-edge development snapshots for CX Games. So you have the ability now to download a snapshot build that is more recent and may offer a slight performance speedup, as well as better overall compatibility. However, you will need to be a current customer in order to download the snapshot builds. All of the following information will apply to both packages the current 7.0.0 build and a recent snapshot but keep in mind the snapshots are currently unsupported by CodeWeavers. To purchase a copy of CrossOver Games for your Mac just visit the CodeWeavers store.

In the form "Comments and Additional instructions" mention if you would also like to have access to the snapshot builds.

CodeWeavers officially supports the following games:

  • World of Warcraft
  • EVE Online
  • Guild Wars
  • Prey
  • Steam Games, including:
    • Half-Life 2
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Counterstrike
    • Counterstrike: Source
    • Civilization IV
    • Peggle Extreme
    • Call of Duty 2
    • Max Payne 2
    • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • and more...
INSTALLING:

After downloading you should be left with the file crossover-games-7.0.0.dmg, simply double click on this to start the installer which will then allow you to drag the CrossOver Games.app to your Applications folder. This should open the Applications folder Window



Simply double click the CrossOver Games application to launch the application which will take you to the CrossOver Games welcome screen.



From this point you can now either insert a Windows based game or start the CrossOver Games Software Installer. Because I want to start with Steam based games and the download is included in CrossOver, we will go right to the CrossOver Games Software Installer. Simple click on that at the welcome screen and it will take you to the software installer where you can select the Steam download.



The CrossOver Software installer will download all of the needed dependencies and start the Steam installer for you.



For the purposes of my testing in steam I installed Counter Strike Source, Civilization 3 and 4. Due to limitations in the Wine software support for copy-protection systems the Civilization games are not normally supported, luckily those games can now be purchased via Steam with no copy-protection other than Steam authentication. As I am a huge Civ fan this works really well for me. The only complaint I have with regards to Civ4 is the initial load time is a bit slow, but game play is quite fast with no visual or audio glitches. I did encounter a bug in the video card driver where after several hours of play the game crashed, but this is no fault of CodeWeavers. I even went out of my way and reported this bug to Apple. Civ3 is not yet supported due to a font bug but I have been assured by the CodeWeavers developers this will be resolved in the next release.

Unfortunately I encountered problems with CS:Source and a few other games with regards to full screen window management. The application did not properly get managed by the Quartz Window Manager so your options are to either run the application full-screen with the annoying visual glitch of a quartz title-bar at the top or in Windowed mode.



UNSUPPORTED STUFF:

I've always been a big StarCraft fan so I gave that a shot next, and the installation was a breeze. I have multiple versions of CrossOver installed, so when inserting the CD, the CrossOver CD Helper prompted me to ask which one I'd like to use for the install.



Game play was a little slow initially, with performance feeling like it was being run on a Pentium 300 however once the game got past the intro screens it picked up speed and I was very happy with the performance. Because it still felt about 10% slower than running under Windows on similar hardware I decided to try tweaking a few settings to see if that would help.

TWEAKING:

Wine and CrossOver come with a tool called winecfg that allows you to tweak certain settings that for normal day to day operation normally don't need to be adjusted. When dealing with certain non-supported applications, this can however be a valuable tool for working around sound and video related glitches. Using this tool can be a bit confusing at first as the changes only apply to the bottle in which its being run, or a single application in a bottle. Its easy to think of bottles as their own independent virtual machines and winecfg as another tool to manage each virtual install, or application in a given virtual install.

Simply go to the CrossOver menu and chose Manage Bottles and then click on the Control Panel tab in the bottle manager to show the control panel applets for your bottle. Choose the correct bottle and choose Launch Selected Item.



For my StarCraft testing I though running in a Virtual Desktop window might help with performance, however it only made a marginal improvement over full screen. None the less you might find this information useful so I have included it here. From the winecfg control panel you can adjust your Sound Emulation, add custom dll replacements per-application, create a virtual desktop, adjust DPI settings, DirectX/DirectSound tweaks and a host of other useful options.



CONCLUSION:

In conclusion I believe CrossOver Games is worth the current price of $39.95 even with the hiccups I have encountered. And even if your favorite game isn't currently supported I think there is value in buying the software to contribute to Wine development. If your game is currently not in the support games list you can (vote) and let the folks at CodeWeavers know what game you would like to see supported in a future release. For my needs as a light gamer it works out perfect however if you need to be able to run all of the latest and greatest, I would recommend that you hold off and see what their next release has to offer.

Even if your game does not work perfectly, the CodeWeavers support staff are very helpful and they maintain an application support database that might help with any problems you encounter.

Next week we will take a look at CrossOver Office for the Mac and Office 2003, Project, Visio and friends!

Wine 1.0 release status

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PlayOnLinux Capture 0.7 available

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Wine-Doors Registry tools

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Darwine 1.0-rc1 released

Darwine 1.0-rc1 for OS X released
  1. Before You install, please make sure:
    • Tiger users: install X11 from your Tiger Installation DVD
  2. download and open Darwine 1.0-rc1
  3. drag Darwine to the "/Applications" Folder
  4. to delete, just drag the folder "Darwine" to the trash
  5. known issues:
    • Internet Explorer uses up to 100% CPU, which might turn on your vents
    • Internet Explorer 7 might not work at all, it is really only for testing
    • 1 of 4 tries downloads a corrupt "ActiveX MFC42" (maybe defective mirror?)
    • there are some issues with creating wineprefix (might be X11 related)
    • if You have symbols instead of letters, you lack the Microsoft Corefonts. Get them with TRiX
  6. to completely remove Darwine (and Windows apps) from your system delete the following files and folders:
    • /Applications/Darwine
    • ~.wine
    • ~/Library/Preferences/org.wine.winehelper.plist

What's new in this release:
- Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Video On Demand for PlayOnLinux

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Monday, May 12, 2008

PlayOnLinux 2.7.2 released

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Installing WINE

I came across a nice article "How to install WINE without spilling a drop" at atomicmpc.com here is a snip of their article and a link to the full story.

In our Linux gaming feature a couple of months ago we looked at Wine, the Windows compatibility layer that allows Linux users to run a number of Windows games, including recent hits like Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty 4. It’s not the easiest thing to set up – not by a long shot, in fact – but that’s why we’re here. We’ll show you what Wine can do, how to get it working, and how to get the best out of it.

Removing the cork
The easiest way to get started with Wine is to install your distribution’s packages – ‘sudo apt-get install wine’ would do the job on Ubuntu, for instance. However, with the rapid pace of Wine’s development, these packages might be a few versions old. A good alternative is to use the official packages from the WineHQ download page which are typically updated within days of each new Wine release. For most distributions, these are provided as repositories that you can add to your package manager, so you can easily keep up with new releases automatically.

Once it’s installed, you can run Windows .exe files by either double-clicking on them, or by running them at the command-line with the ‘wine’ command. For instance, if you have your Windows install handy, you could go to your ‘windows/system32’ folder and run:
wine sol.exe
Wine stores its data in the ‘.wine’ folder in your home directory, which is created the first time it’s run. Under this, there’s a ‘drive_c’ folder, which contains the contents of your virtual Windows system – any applications running under Wine see this as your C: drive, so it contains your ‘windows’ and ‘Program Files’ folders, among others.

Installing software under Wine is much the same as under Windows – just run the installer and step through. The files will be stored under your ‘.wine/drive_c’ folder, and on most distributions if the installer sets up shortcuts they’ll appear on the desktop or under your desktop menus. Alternatively, you can go in to your ‘.wine/drive_c’ folder and run the applications manually by double-clicking or using the ‘wine’ command.

For some games and applications, that’s all you need to do, but others will take a bit of tweaking. The best place to go for compatibility information, including the details on any tweaks required, is the Wine Application DB, but we’ll walk you through a few examples.

Steaming open The Orange Box
Valve’s games are the perfect starting point for jumping in to Wine: the Source engine runs well on Wine’s DirectX implementation, and using Steam gets around any disc-based copy protection issues. Follow these steps to get your Steam on:

1) Install the Gecko-based replacement for the MSHTML component, which Steam needs to render its internal web pages. It’s meant to install automatically when first requested, but this doesn’t always work with Steam, so it’s best to run Wine’s built-in ‘iexplore’ command instead:
wine iexplore http://winehq.org/
Close the browser window once the installation is complete.

2) Go to http://steampowered.com/ and download the Steam installer. Because it’s an MSI file, you need to launch it using Wine’s built-in MSI handler:
wine msiexec /i SteamInstall.msi
3) Step through the installer just as you would under Windows. When it’s complete, Steam should run automatically, but if not, you can launch it manually from Wine’s virtual C: drive:
cd “~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Steam”
wine Steam.exe
4) When Steam launches, log in to your account, and the main Steam window should appear.

Your existing purchases should be listed in the ‘My games’ tab as ‘Not Installed’, so you can re-download them for free. Alternatively, you can save yourself the bandwidth by copying the ‘steamapps’ folder from the Steam folder on your Windows drive to your new Wine Steam folder. Re-launch Steam after the copy, and your games should be ready to play.

Everything in The Orange Box should work without tweaking, though you may hit some performance snags or graphical glitches when using DirectX 9 features. The Source engine is nice and scalable though, so you can force games to run in DirectX 8 mode if required: just right-click on the game in the ‘My games’ tab, select Properties, click the ‘Set launch options...’ button, and enter ‘-dxlevel 81’.

Wine configuration
All good Linux tools are loaded with options, and like the blood in an anime character, Wine is filled to bursting point. The first port of call is, unsurprisingly, the Wine configuration tool, ‘winecfg’:
wine winecfg
Some of the key settings include:
Setting the version of Windows that Wine reports itself as, under the ‘Applications’ tab. You can set this on a global or per-application basis. This can be handy for getting specific applications running – 3DMark05, for instance, works with the ‘Windows 98’ setting, but not the 2000 or XP settings.

Audio acceleration options, in the ‘Audio’ tab. Many games only work when the ‘Hardware Acceleration’ option is set to ‘Emulation’, so try this if you have any in-game sound issues. It’s also best to pick one sound driver API to use (ALSA, generally), and disable the others.
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The ‘Enable a virtual desktop’ option, in the Graphics tab. This creates a single window on your desktop that all of Wine’s windows sit inside, which can help avoid window management issues with some applications. It’s also great for troubleshooting full-screen games, since the game is limited to the virtual desktop window, giving you full access to any Wine error messages.

DLL override options, in the ‘Libraries’ tab. Some of Wine’s built-in DLLs can be replaced with the original Windows versions for improved compatibility, but to use them, you need to add a manual override for the specific DLL involved. Civilization IV is a good example – you need to install a genuine ‘msxml3.dll’ file in to your ‘system32’ folder and add a DLL override to get it running.

You can find further options in the registry, which you can edit using Wine’s built-in version of ‘regedit’:
wine regedit
For instance, if you’re happy running Source engine games in DirectX 8 mode, you can improve performance by disabling Wine’s DirectX 9 shader support and using the older, but more heavily optimised, DirectX 8-only shader code. To do this, use ‘regedit’ to set the ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D/UseGLSL’ to ‘disabled’.


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Wine 1.0 status rc2 in 12 days

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

PlayOnLinux new games support

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The Wine Platinum Regression Hunt

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Wine and Winetricks at MacPorts

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Darwine 0.9.61 released

  1. Before You install, please make sure:
    • Tiger users: install X11 from your Tiger Installation DVD
  2. download and open Darwine 0.9.61
  3. drag Darwine to the "/Applications" Folder
  4. to delete, just drag the folder "Darwine" to the trash
  5. known issues:
    • Internet Explorer uses up to 100% CPU, which might turn on your vents
    • Internet Explorer 7 might not work at all, it is really only for testing
    • 1 of 4 tries downloads a corrupt "ActiveX MFC42" (maybe defective mirror?)
    • there are some issues with creating wineprefix (might be X11 related)
    • if You have symbols instead of letters, you lack the Microsoft Corefonts. Get them with TRiX
What's new in this release:
- Automatic updating of the WINEPREFIX directory.
- Winhelp now uses Richedit as display engine.
- Many RichEdit fixes.
- More improvements to IME support.
- More quartz fixes.
- Implementation for many more Gdiplus functions.
- Lots of bug fixes.


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Thursday, May 8, 2008

VirtualBox 1.6 released

The first major release since being acquired by Sun Microsystems is now available. Version 1.6 has new Mac and Solaris host platform support, new high performance virtual devices, improved scalability and Web Services.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Solaris and Mac OS X host support
  • Seamless windowing for Linux and Solaris guests
  • Guest Additions for Solaris
  • A webservice API
  • SATA hard disk (AHCI) controller
  • Experimental Physical Address Extension (PAE) support

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • GUI: added accessibility support (508)
  • GUI: VM session information dialog
  • VBoxHeadless: renamed from VBoxVRDP
  • VMM: reduced host CPU load of idle guests
  • VMM: many fixes for VT-x/SVM hardware-supported virtualization
  • ATA/IDE: better disk geometry compatibility with VMware images
  • ATA/IDE: virtualize an AHCI controller
  • Storage: better write optimization, prevent images from growing unnecessarily.
  • Network: support PXE booting with NAT
  • Network: fixed the Am79C973 PCNet emulation for Nexenta guests
  • NAT: improved builtin DHCP server (implemented DHCPNAK response)
  • NAT: port forwarding stopped when restoring the VM from a saved state
  • NAT: make subnet configurable
  • XPCOM: moved to libxml2
  • XPCOM: fixed VBoxSVC autostart race
  • Audio: SoundBlaster 16 emulation
  • USB: fixed problems with USB 2.0 devices
  • MacOS X: fixed seamless mode
  • MacOS X: better desktop integration, several look’n’feel fixes
  • MacOS X: switched to Quartz2D framebuffer
  • MacOS X: added support for shared folders
  • MacOS X: added support for clipboard integration
  • Solaris: added host audio playback support (experimental)
  • Solaris: made it possible to run VirtualBox from non-global zones
  • Shared Folders: made them work for NT4 guests
  • Shared Folders: many bugfixes to improve stability
  • Seamless windows: added support for Linux guests
  • Linux installer: support DKMS for compiling the kernel module
  • Linux host: compatibility fixes with Linux 2.6.25
  • Windows host: support for USB devices has been significantly improved; many additional USB devices now work
  • Windows Additions: automatically install AMD PCNet drivers on Vista guests
  • Linux additions: several fixes, experimental support for RandR 1.2
  • Linux additions: compatibility fixes with Linux 2.6.25

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Darwine Dependancies on OS X

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 released

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Monday, May 5, 2008

(GTA) Grand Theft Auto Vice City with Wine in Ubuntu

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

CrossOver for BSD systems coming soon!

Today a discussion started about the availability of CrossOver for BSD systems on the CodeWeavers mailing list... And most of last month I was away on vacation and somehow missed a post made by Jeremy White the founder and CEO of Codeweavers announcing the availability of CrossOver Games for BSD systems. Jeremy also let it be known that CrossOver Office 7 will be supported on BSD systems as well! Below is a quote of Jeremy's announce to the mailing list.

Hi Folks,

I am happy to announce that we are now making available 'cutting edge' builds of CrossOver. To start, we are providing experimental builds of CrossOver Games for Linux, Mac OS X, and now BSD systems.

We remain committed to providing our customers with a stable, and reliable product; one that has been tested thoroughly. So even though we are the major driving force behind Wine, CrossOver always lags behind Wine so that we can do careful development and testing.

Further, we feel strongly that most of our customers are best served by the stable, shipping version of CrossOver.

Of course, that leaves out a few of our customers who would be well served by these cutting edge builds, and it also sometimes frustrates our developers, who like to be able to make their work available to our customers more rapidly.

So starting today, our CrossOver Games customers are able to dip their toe into the 'cutting edge' and download an experimental build. This also marks the first time we've provided a build of any kind for BSD users.

To do so, you must first login to our web site, and then visit this web page: Codeweavers unsupported downloads

*PLEASE NOTE*

This is not for everyone. In fact, most people should just delete this email and pretend they never saw it. If you are not technically savvy, and willing to suffer the problems that *will* arise with experimental builds, you should stay away. If you're not willing to have any problems you report be completely ignored by us, you should stay away. But if you like to play with the bleeding edge, or perhaps have a problem that you know we've solved in Wine, then maybe, just maybe, this will bring you some joy.

Cheers,
Jeremy

p.s. To reduce traffic on this mailing list, we plan to communicate all future information about the experimental releases in these forums: CodeWeavers unsupported forum
If you're interested in these builds, you may want to go there and subscribe.

If your favorite OS is PC-BSD, and your currently not a current Codeweavers customer you can go to the Codeweavers store and purchase a licence for Linux and then log into your account and get the PC-BSD build. This is your chance to beta test CrossOver for BSD, report bugs, give feedback, and make suggestions.

UPDATE:

This version will run on FreeBSD as well. The only caveat is that if you are on FreeBSD 6.x, you will need to apply a system patch from http://wiki.freebsd.org/Wine to enable wine to function properly. Users of FreeBSD 7.0 and higher do not need this patch.

Import your Wine applications with Wine Import

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PlayOnLinux is seeking icons for games

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Darwine 0.9.60 released

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

PlayOnLinux announces it's first birthday

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Friday, May 2, 2008

CrossOver keeping up with Wine

While browsing CodeWeavers site today I came across this post by Jeremy White, the founder and CEO of CodeWeavers.

I thought I'd take a minute to go a little more in depth on our recent announcement of 'experimental' builds of CrossOver.

It is a very exciting time for Wine - we've been making great strides on our way to Wine 1.0, and I'm thrilled with that progress. But sometimes we struggle with the success and progress of Wine. We'll get customers that come to us and say "CrossOver stinks, Wine runs my application much better." And what can be deeply frustrating is that often Wine will run their application because of our work. This has long been a struggle for us; while we do a lot of the active development on Wine, we take a lot of time to refine that and polish it so that it works reliably before we ship a CrossOver release. Sometimes that makes people complain that CrossOver is old and dull when compared to Wine.

Of course, if you've ever done technical support, you know that dull is good.

But many of our customers don't want dull. They want latest and greatest, the more bleeding edge, the better. And since we're often doing the bleeding edge work, it can be frustrating not to be able to give our customers our very latest work.

So now we have a facility that lets our developers take control. Any developer can now request of our QA lead to have a development build 'blessed'. If the QA lead does a modicum of testing, and feels that it is good enough, then we'll put the build up. That should hopefully speed up the process of making experimental builds available, and allow our developers to more directly interact with our customers.
In reality the best way to support Wine is to purchase a copy of CrossOver for Games or Productivity applications. Personally, I look at a purchase as a small investment in the future of Wine and CrossOver. A small investment made today can go a long way in insuring the future of our favorite open source application.

The making of Wine (how to make Windows apps merrier with Linux)

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Wine 1.0 code freeze! RC1 in 6 days!

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Wine 0.9.61 Released start of code freeze for 1.0!

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