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2006-03-08 04:40:40.094659+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

A big ol' "Yeehaw!" for CodeWeavers Crossover Office. This evening Charlene updated our accounts, with QuickBooks, on her Linux[Wiki] laptop. Installation wasn't completely painless, I had to intervene twice (the initial install doesn't work via "sudo" so you have to "su" to root and open up connections to the display, Charlene was unclear on the drive mapping thing where CodeWeavers Crossover Office maps "Y:\" to your home directory), but they're totally getting their money.

They'll be doubly getting their money if Charlene's favorite suite of solitaire card games runs under it...

But, yeah, the essential Windows[Wiki] apps running under Linux[Wiki], as icons on her desktop. Now, think about what happens when this hits the new Intel based Mac boxes...

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-08 15:01:55.959795+00 by: ebradway

Is that a packaging of WINE?

I've been wanting to try to get ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 to at least install on WINE. I'd love to be able to run the one app I HAVE to run on Unix and get out of Windows hell...

I was excited when I heard about Apple using Intel but I can't seem to find any mention of how close Apple is to getting Windows binaries to run native on them.

Crossover and Ubuntu may be worth playing with...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-08 15:23:46.366033+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep, it's a WINE packaging. The solitaire suite didn't run immediately, but we didn't do more than "install with the 'unsupported app' box check", I'll probably look today to see if it's missing some obvious DLL or something.

And I need to play with it a bit (yesterday was Charlene doing her stuff), but my first impression is that it's a lot better integrated than VMWare (and also doesn't require the separate Windows[Wiki] license).

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-08 23:27:20.826335+00 by: Jerry Kindall

For Mac OS X on Intel, what you want is Darwine.

It'll probably be some time before it works without X Windows, though. So you'll have your choice: run Windows apps under the horrifically un-Mac-like UI of Windows (on VMWare or VPC or QEMU, when those become available), or run Windows apps under the horrifically un-Mac-like UI of X Windows.