I don’t use WINE, the software layer that lets you run Windows application on Linux, but I know a great many of you do.
And, as much, you may be interested to hear that a new release of CrossOver, developed by CodeWeavers, is available for download.
CrossOver is highly regarded as one of the best ways to run Windows software on Linux. It’s not free, licensing starts from £25, and is available for macOS and Android, too.
CrossOver 16 is based on Wine 2.0 code, supports 64-bit Windows applications, and features ‘thousands of improvements’ to Windows compatibility. You can learn more about this specific release in the release announcement here.
‘Buying a copy of CrossOver helps fund the development of Wine’
Why would you want to pay for a copy of WINE? Well, CrossOver has a few tricks up it sleeve compared to the version of WINE that’s available in the Ubuntu archives.
Among the tricks is one-click installation for Windows applications, a GUI app installer, a handy ‘bottles’ feature offering portable virtual windows environments, and integration with the host Linux desktop (including a shared clipboard).
Although not everyone will be a-ok with the idea of paying for Linux software (much less software to run Windows apps) it’s worth remembering that CodeWeavers contribute directly to the development of Wine, host the Wine website, and more.
By buying a copy of CrossOver you are, in effect, helping the development of Wine — which is pretty sweet, right?
(via Gaming On Linux)