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Crossover

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

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