Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Jun 2006 20:36 UTC
Mac OS X CodeWeavers is in early testing with CrossOver Office for Mac now and plans to release a final version of the software in July or August. Wine is a compatibility layer, not a true emulator, so it works with only some Windows programs. Developers at CodeWeavers and others on the open-source Wine effort have to work on each program they want to make compatible.
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RE[2]: Great!
by yorch on Sat 1st Jul 2006 10:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Great!"
yorch
Member since:
2006-01-28

True - There is a Mac version of Microsoft Office suite, but some applications are missing.

Thanks CodeWeavers, this is a great. I use Visio a lot and always have to move my work from the iMac to the ThinkPad whenever I have to work with it.

Nevertheless, I hope CrossOver Office is better implemented in OS X than it is in Linux, where the application is far from perfection, IMHO.

Regarding the article itself, I found out very interesting the last sentence:
"Parting with money is just not part of the Linux way", White said.

It this is what most ISV think about Linux? If yes, it is easy to understand the lack of commercial applications in the Linux world.

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RE[3]: Great!
by anonymousbrowser on Sat 1st Jul 2006 12:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Great!"
anonymousbrowser Member since:
2006-04-28

Hmmm,that comment does bother me, though you can't argue with the fact that Mac users are used to paying through the nose for pretty much everything and so probably wouldn't be worried about shelling out for Crossover.

There is one thing stopping me from paying for Wine, the god-awful UI, written in TCL/TK or something along those lines, if they simply implemented those GUIs in a more GNOME compatible way with GTK i'd be much happier.

I want a more polished product, Codeweavers wouldn't expect to sell to the mac crowd if they hadn't done something to make crossover look and behave, at least partly, like a Mac program, why don't we linux users, used to a polished Desktop environment like GNOME enjoy the same experience?

The article touchs on the fact that "Apple's systems are becoming far more compatible with the Windows world" Yep, nearly as good as standard PCs running Linux and either VMware, Dualbooting or using Crossover office for windows compatibility, not to mention terminal services in large organisations.

Does the fact that the screenshot in the article has an X in its titlebar mean that it's running atop X11? It obviously doesn't make sense to go to all the trouble of tearing Wine away from its X roots just yet.

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RE[4]: Great!
by mmebane on Sat 1st Jul 2006 16:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Great!"
mmebane Member since:
2005-07-06

"There is one thing stopping me from paying for Wine, the god-awful UI, written in TCL/TK or something along those lines, if they simply implemented those GUIs in a more GNOME compatible way with GTK i'd be much happier."

Wine uses its own implementation of the Windows API and draws its own widgets. This is necessary to acheive the greatest compatibility with Windows apps. Some progress has been made in themeing support, but I'm not sure where that currently stands.

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RE[4]: Great!
by Terracotta on Sun 2nd Jul 2006 17:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Great!"
Terracotta Member since:
2005-08-15

Others could argue for a nice QT-based gui, instead of an ugly GTK+ gui, but that's just as much flaming as you did. Please keep in mind there's more than Gnome on Linux.

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