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Running Crossover on linux

Running Crossover on linux

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  • 1. Running Windows Applications on your mac
  • 2.
    • Hosting & Infrastructure Manager @ Biznet Solutions ( www.bizneteis.com )
    • Been using a mac for ~5 years
    • Ease of use, stability & security of osx really appeals
  • 3.
    • I work primarily in a windows environment
    • Sharing files etc is no issue – osx has this nailed
    • I need certain applications to do my job efficiently. Alternatives are available:
      • Outlook – Entourage
        • Last time I used it there were still a few features missing & speed was a major issue. Tasks/Server side rules/Complex HTML msgs/psts/import/export.
      • Visio – Omnigraffle
        • Difficult to open visio files unless saved as XML diagrams
        • Difficult to share
      • Project - ???
        • Apart from using web based tools like dotproject I was unable to find a decent replacement.
      • Access
        • Openoffice.org states that it opens .mdb files but never had much success
      • Excel macros
        • These do not function in Microsoft Office 2008 – perhaps they do in openoffice.org?
  • 4.
    • Virtualisation – virtual box/Parallels/vmware etc
      • Requires window license
      • Resource intensive, can be slow to boot
      • Coherence/Unity mode very impressive (although screensaver kicking in can be _very_ irritating)
    • Dual booting
      • Windows license
      • Need to reboot to get into different environment
  • 5.
    • W ine I s N ot an E mulator
    • From wikipedia
      • Wine is a free software application that aims to allow Unix-like computer operating systems on the x86 or x86-64 architecture to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows.
      • Wine implements a compatibility layer, providing alternative implementations of the DLLs that Windows programs call, and processes to substitute for the Windows NT kernel.
    • Basically it allows you to run windows apps without a windows installation
  • 6.
    • Discovered Crossover while struggling with installation of WINE ( http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX )
    • Codeweavers are the primary corporate sponsors of wine
    • 2 versions
      • Crossover office – modified to allow office to run smoothly
      • Crossover games
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • Installs like most other osx apps – drag to your applications folder.
    • Software is installed into bottles of different types.
      • Windows 98
      • Windows XP
      • Windows 2000
  • 9.  
  • 10.
    • Compatability - rated bronze, silver & gold http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility/browse/name
    • Demo is available – see if it fits your needs before buying
    • Support is very effective
    • It’s not perfect – there are some oddities
      • Outlook
        • Editing window sometimes disappears
        • Doesn’t always shutdown cleanly
      • Visio
        • Needs a parameter changed on first startup
        • Some issues with certain templates
      • Publisher
        • Some issues with layers
    • Still need license for the applications – office etc
    • Crossover costs ~$65
    • No support for Active directory & Group policy – virtualisation or dual boot are the only options.
    • Updating apps for security issues can sometimes break things – read before updating!!
    • Does not help with building an open platform – just an open way to fit into the closed platform many of us are presented with.
  • 11.
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    • twitter/gtalk/flickr - szlwzl