CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Government // Enterprise Architecture
News
1/28/2011
11:20 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux

CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.

CodeWeavers on Thursday revealed CrossOver Mac Impersonator and CrossOver Linux Impersonator, a Wine environment designed to let users run many Windows applications without installing Microsoft's operating system on their Mac or Linux computer.

Wine is a free, open source software that provides native replacements for Windows DLLs to enable people to run Windows software on Linux and Unix. CrossOver 10, also known as Impersonator, uses Wine 1.3.9, which eventually will become 1.4.

"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," said COO Jon Parshall.

The Impersonator Edition includes CodeWeavers' new "CrossTie" installer, designed to let users install hundreds of Windows apps with one click of a button. The installer communicates directly with Impersonator's compatibility database, which lists thousands of software applications such as basic office packages, educational programs, and games, letting Linux and Mac users access them without Windows, according to CodeWeavers.

"One click on CrossTie and -- bam! -- users are set to run applications on their Mac or Linux machine," said CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White. "Whether it's the latest Steam game, some random knitting program, or Microsoft Office, we put Windows' lipstick on your Mac, quickly and guiltlessly."

Shamelessly seeking publicity for their small company, White and Parshall donned non-traditional attire to promote their latest wares. In a public relations pitch Thursday at MacWorld, White dressed as Lucille Ball, complete with a startlingly red wig, while a black-wigged Parshall channeled Cher -- and both men strutted into the room with CodeWeavers' logo embedded in their stiletto heels. The booth is staffed by Captain Jack Sparrow, Fred Flintstone, a princess in pink, and a bearded man in a black dress.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
CIOs Face Decisions on Remote Work for Post-Pandemic Future
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  2/19/2021
Slideshows
11 Ways DevOps Is Evolving
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  2/18/2021
News
CRM Trends 2021: How the Pandemic Altered Customer Behavior Forever
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/18/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll