Thursday, January 27, 2011

CodeWeavers Releases CrossOver 10 for Linux and Mac aka the Impersonator

WEARING SEQUINS AND STILETTO HEELS, CODEWEAVERS DELIVERS DEATH BLOW TO MICROSOFT’S FASHION HEGEMONY
New CrossOver “Impersonator” Release Dramatically Increases Ease of Impersonating Windows on Mac and Linux

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (January 27, 2011) It’s Mac in the back; Windows in the front. Gadfly software company, CodeWeavers, Inc., today releases CrossOver Impersonator Edition. This latest edition greatly increases the ease of running Windows software on Macs and Linux PCs without the need for a Windows operating system license.

Impersonator Edition also includes CodeWeavers new “CrossTie” installer, which lets users install hundreds of Windows applications with just a click of a button. CrossTie communicates directly with CodeWeavers massive compatibility database (c4.codeweavers.com), which lists thousands of software applications including basic office packages, educational software and highly popular games that Windows-less individuals can now operate through Impersonator.

“One click on CrossTie and bam! users are set to run applications on their Mac or Linux machine,” said CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White, fetchingly attired as the incomparable Lucille Ball, complete with stunning red wig. “Whether it’s the latest Steam game, some random knitting program or Microsoft Office, we put Windows’ lipstick on your Mac, quickly and guiltlessly.”

Both COO Jon Parshall and White dressed in drag as a shameless stunt to draw attention to themselves and their Impersonator software. David Pogue of the New York Times called it “hilarious,” and one of the most creative pitches he’d seen all year.

“CrossOver Impersonator is the diamond edition of our CrossOver software, and because of the improved functionality, anyone from an open source novice to a hard core gamer can easily use our software, all without paying a dime to Microsoft,” Parshall added. CodeWeavers COO, complete with Cher wig and towering black heels, will be unveiling the new software at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco. “Impersonator delivers the death blow to Microsoft’s fashion dominance. So be there, or be Cher!”

CrossOver Impersonator Edition replaces all previous versions of CrossOver. The software is immediately available at www.CodeWeavers.com.

About CodeWeavers

Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers 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 United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to www.CodeWeavers.com.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

All dressed up and MacWorld to go

From Jeremy Whites blog :

These days, the combination of CrossOver and all the hard work of our Advocates is amazing. Within 5 minutes, or less, you can easily download and install CrossOver and your favorite Windows application. But you don't have to buy, install, or hassle with Windows. It's like playing a game like Call of Duty without having to actually be in a real combat zone. Or like a man putting on a dress instead of getting a sex change operation. Feels a little funny, but strangely nice, and you still get to be a man afterwards.



So in 8 days, at MacWorld in San Francisco, we are launching CrossOver 10 'The Impersonator'. This new version of CrossOver will feature our new CrossTie technology that will make it drop dead easy to install a Windows application and only that Windows application - on your Mac or Linux computer. And since we're so excited about this, we're telling everyone we know, including our buddies David Pogue and Walt Mossberg, who ignore us every single freaking year (not that we're hurt or anything, mind you).

Click on the picture above to see what I mean about a dress. And if you're in San Francisco next week, come on down to booth 442 at MacWorld; we'll have real Impersonators on hand, and you can check out the new Impersonator version of CrossOver. Or check this space next week for our launch.

Cheers,

Jeremy

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wine-Reviews Acquires The Bordeaux Technology Group

Washington, DC - January 12, 2011 - Wine-Reviews Inc. today announced it acquired The Bordeaux Technology Group., a Greenville, SC-based Wine services company.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bordeaux entered the Wine services market in early 2008 and gained a foothold through its strength in marketing, branding and the technology expertise of a limited partnership with Wine-Reviews Inc.

With the acquisition of Bordeaux, Wine-Reviews has transformed from a stand alone news portal service to a full service Wine information and Technology company. With the acquisition of The Bordeaux Technology Group, Wine-Reviews will provide the current Bordeaux customer base with better support and upgrade options. Future Bordeaux releases will have an auto upgrade option built in, this feature will allow the end user to upgrade to the newest version with a single mouse click.

Wine-Reviews plans to re-write all of the current code used in Bordeaux and provide a vastly improved graphical user interface to make the process of installing Windows applications and games on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and OpenIndiana as easy and strait forward as possible. The current GUI is written in GTK and is extremely limited in it's functionality and options.

The upcoming Bordeaux 3.0 GUI will be written in Gambas and will run on any system that supports the Gambas 2.15.2 or higher runtime libraries. The next major release of Bordeaux is planned for late February to early March 2011. Testing is now underway to insure all applications and games that are currently supported install and run as stable as possible.

Product pricing and availability is slated to remain the same at this time, $20.00 for Linux and BSD and $25.00 for Mac and OpenIndiana downloadable versions of Bordeaux.

Below is a screenshot of the upcoming Bordeaux 3.0 GUI that shows some of the planned options to install unsupported applications and games with Bordeaux. More details will soon be released in a upcoming news article describing all the new features and enhancements that are planned for Bordeaux.

About Wine-Reviews, Inc.

Wine-Reviews, LLC was formed in 2008 and is a privately held Wine news and reviews portal. Wine-Reviews provides news and review services for Wine, CodeWeavers CrossOver, PlayOnLinux, WineTricks, Q4Wine, Bordeaux, and other Wine related technologies. For more information on Wine-Reviews, please visit www.wine-reviews.net


Friday, January 7, 2011

winetricks 20110105 and 20110105 alpha has been released with 35 games added

New winetricks 20110105: improved download error recovery, added first-run optin dialog. New winetricks 20110105-alpha: menu divided into categories, added 35 games.

Another month, another Winetricks - or, rather, two new Winetricks.

Dan Kegel released winetricks 20110105 today. New version 20110105 has only two notable changes:

1. it will retry a corrupt download for you (this should get rid of most cryptic warnings about needing to rename a file and retry),

2. a first run dialog now asks whether you would like to help winetricks development by reporting usage stats. You should only see this dialog once (and only if you're using the gui, and only if you're using zenity). This has been very helpful already, as people have been running it from svn. Please let me know what you think of it.

Experimental new version 20110105-alpha has a few further changes:

3. The menu is now broken up by category; there is now a top-level menu which gives you a choice of category (dll, font, app, or setting). This ought to make the menu a little less overwhelming. Let me know what you think of the new menu navigation.

4. There's now a progress dialog during downloads in gui mode.

5. It should work better when the user has removed the Z: drive.

6. Its been refactored to make adding new verbs much easier (you no longer have to edit the script in multiple places to add a verb, and you can even put verbs in external files).

7. Added 35 games. (A bunch more remain to be ported from wisotool.)

8. Removed (or, rather, haven't ported yet) a number of less-common verbs. The statistics gathered by the new version will tell us which of the remaining verbs to port first.

Changes in version 20110105:

Dan Kegel:

  • remove old synonym dotnet2 for dotnet20
  • mpc: remove broken call to append_path
  • handle 'winetricks win31 vista' properly
  • make dotnet20sp2 warn that it's broken. Don't list in menu.
  • w_download: don't redownload if no expected checksum given. Also remove == typo from r2207.
  • don't declare checksum error unless, you know, there was a checsum error as favor for etersoft, avoid referring directly to zenity/kdialo /xmssage to avoid pulling them all in as dependencies when building a package
  • automatically retry download once if cached file has wrong checksum
  • ie8: avoid writing to / (just like ie7 fix). Don't bother running ie8 when finished; point user to workaround instead. Also move a verb that got sandwiched between ie6 and ie7.
  • ie7: when / is writable as on macosx, move z: out of the way during ie7 install to avoid scribbling temporary files in /. Had to run with WINEDEBUG=warn+heap to avoid memory bugs in setupapi? when reporting usage, also report version.
  • in zenity gui case, ask user on first run whether to opt in to usage reporting.
  • on MacOS X, put cache in /home/dank/Library/Caches
  • delete msxml6.dll before running installer. Fixes bug 211.
  • tahoma: don't download to top of cache
  • finish renaming WINETRICKS_UNIXQUIET to W_UNATTENDED_DASH_Q
  • make cabextract quiet

Austin English:

  • add win31 verb (needed internally by ole2)

Online as always at :
http://kegel.com/wine/winetricks
The experimental version is only at :
http://kegel.com/wine/winetricks-alpha
SVN and bug tracker are online at
http://winezeug.googlecode.com

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CodeWeavers And Linsoft Announce Linsofts 10 Year Anniversary Sale

CODEWEAVERS AND LINSOFT ANNOUNCE LINSOFT’S 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

To Celebrate LinSoft’s 10th year in business, CrossOver Linux will be provided FREE on all LinSoft PCs until January 31st, 2011

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (December 24, 2010) — CodeWeavers, Inc. and LinSoft GmbH (www.linsoft.de), leading providers of open-source systems and tools, announced today their joint participation in LinSoft’s 10th Anniversary Sale. Effective today until January 31st, 2011, LinSoft will be providing a free license of CrossOver Linux Standard on every LinSoft Linux PC. CrossOver Linux provides the ability for users to run Windows software applications on their Linux PC without needing to purchase a Windows operating system license.

Said Jon Parshall, CodeWeavers COO, “We’re excited to be providing a great Windows compatibility solution to LinSoft’s customers—a solution that saves them time and money, and having to purchase a Windows license to run their needed applications.” Oliver Poths, LinSoft’s founder, echoed this sentiment, noting that “Linux on the desktop has always been highly cost-effective. But now it’s becoming increasing user-friendly as well. Tools like CrossOver provide Linux desktop users with a great user experience.”

Conveniently timed around the Christmas holiday, Poths noted further, “This offer makes a great Christmas present, or even an after-Christmas present, if Santa hasn’t brought you a Linux PC down the chimney.”

About CodeWeavers

Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers 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 United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to www.CodeWeavers.com.

About LinSoft

LinSoft GmbH, located in Aarbergen, Germany was founded in the year 2000 as an IT-consultant company, computer manufacturer and online shop focused on Linux and Open Source Software. LinSoft uses an online configuration tool www.linsoft.de/engine/productG/workstation to provide built-to-order desktop PCs with ready-to-use Linux operating systems. They also provide Linux-Servers, commercial software, Linux and open-source related literature and software, and IT implementation services.

Monday, January 3, 2011

CodeWeavers CrossOver Multi-User Pricing Discounts save up to 43% off full retail

With the recent announcement that the Russian government will mandate A shift from Microsoft to Linux by 2015. I started thinking about what the Russians will do if they have some Windows Applications that don't have Linux equivalents at this time.

One option would be to keep some Microsoft Windows boxes around to run a small number of critical applications. Another option would be for the government to fund the development or porting of the needed applications to Linux. A third option would be they could run the applications on CodeWeavers CrossOver Pro on Linux and save the Windows licences and any development or porting cost.

This isn't just for Russia, this is also true for many other countries around the world that's making the shift away from Microsoft Windows to Linux.

Then their is smaller state and local governments that are also making the shift to Linux. And for smaller governments the cost to develop or to port a custom application to Linux might be prohibitive. But with the purchase of volume CrossOver licences the cost would remain within budget. As the local government would save the cost of the Windows licence that's allot more expensive then the cost of CrossOver.

Next is educational institutions, have you ever thought how much the worlds educational institutions would save by making the move away from Windows to Linux? And how the savings could be used for actually educating our children and young adults.

Then their is the power user who has two or more computers that run Linux or Mac and who wants the option to run certain windows applications or games on their operating system of choice. With a volume purchase of two or more licences you can receive a discount off the full retail price.

Lastly I would suggest LUG users or people who have friends who also use Linux or Mac to setup a home brew Groupon. And one person take every ones order and then make the volume purchase for the discounted price. This way everyone in the group gets a higher discount as more licences can be purchased at a single time.

So how does volume licencing work?

For example if you purchase 2 to 9 licences you will receive a 5.6% discount off the normal retail selling price of $69.95 and as you can see in the table below the more licences you purchase in a single block the higher the discount received. The maximum discount goes up to 43% off retail for 1000 or more licences purchased at a single time. While a $40,000 purchase might seem like allot to a single user, this is well within range of normal software purchases for large business, educational intuitions, and government of all sizes.

For more information on CodeWeavers volume licencing click this link.

SKU pricing Table

Prices for Currency: ($) US Dollar

Name SKU Qty Range List Price Each Vendor Price Each Vendor Support Extension Price Each
CrossOver Mac Professional cxmac





1 - 1 $69.95 $69.95 $35.00


2 - 9 $66.00 $66.00 $32.00


10 - 24 $63.00 $63.00 $29.00


25 - 49 $60.00 $60.00 $26.00


50 - 99 $56.00 $56.00 $24.00


100 - 499 $52.00 $52.00 $21.00


500 - 999 $45.00 $45.00 $18.00


1000+ $40.00 $40.00 $15.00
CrossOver Mac Standard cxmacstd





1+ $39.95 $39.95 $39.95
CrossOver Linux Professional cxpro





1 - 1 $69.95 $69.95 $35.00


2 - 9 $66.00 $66.00 $32.00


10 - 24 $63.00 $63.00 $29.00


25 - 49 $60.00 $60.00 $26.00


50 - 99 $56.00 $56.00 $24.00


100 - 499 $52.00 $52.00 $21.00


500 - 999 $45.00 $45.00 $18.00


1000+ $40.00 $40.00 $15.00

Educational Discounts

CodeWeavers strongly believes in the power of open-source solutions to help deliver critically needed software at reasonable prices to educational institutions worldwide.