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Friday, June 25, 2010

An introduction to CrossOver Office and Games for Solaris

What exactly is CrossOver Solaris?

CrossOver for Solaris is a commercial variant of Wine released by CodeWeavers with (currently) limited support for many of today's most popular office application and games. CrossOver Office and Games for Solaris has been compiled on Solaris 10 and tested for performance and stability with many of todays most popular games such as Guild Wars, Eve Online, and Steam games like Half-Life 2 and Portal. As well as many of todays most popular Office application such as Microsoft Office 97 to 2007, Quicken, Quickbooks, Photoshop, Internet Explorer and many other not mentioned applications.

CrossOver for Solaris will also run on OpenSolaris systems, in this introduction I will be using OpenSolaris 2009.06 the last stable release of OpenSolaris.
Minimum system requirements

Solaris :
  • An x86 based Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris distribution based on glibc 2.3 or greater
  • Perl 5 or greater
  • IJG JPEG library (libjpeg)
  • python >= 2.4
  • gtk2 >= 2.10
  • python-gtk2 >= 2.10
  • It is also recommended that you have a web browser installed.
  • 100MB of available disk space (plus space for the Windows applications)
  • 128MB of RAM
Currently Unsupported builds of CrossOver Solaris

Currently the only way to get CrossOver Office or Games for Solaris is to first purchase a Linux licence of CrossOver. After your purchase you can then go to "My Downloads" (Your Downloads) and then select the "Unsupported Downloads" tab and then select the CrossOver Solaris tab. At this time you can download both CrossOver Office and Games 8.0 and the new 9.0 release from CodeWeavers.

The Demo version of CrossOver

When you download CrossOver Solaris from the Unsupported section it will be a seven day demo. The demo version of CrossOver has all the functions and features of the full version. Any Windows software that works on a full version will also run in the demo version, and vice versa. The important limitation of the demo version is that bottles can only be used for 7 days. This means that any Windows packages that you install using the demo version will cease to work 7 days after their installation. When a demo installation is unlocked, all existing bottles and applications are unlocked as well. To unlock a demo, you must have a support account with CodeWeavers. You can purchase CrossOver licenses and support contracts from the vendor that provided you with your demo or directly from the CodeWeavers store. During purchase you will be asked to provide an email address and password. This address and password will be used to unlock your demo install. (Your Linux purchase will unlock the Solaris demo)

Games :
Games in CrossOver Games for Solaris:
  • World of Warcraft
  • EVE Online
  • Guild Wars
  • Prey
  • Steam Games, including:
    • Half-Life 2
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Counter-Strike
    • Counter-Strike: Source
    • Civilization IV
    • Peggle Extreme
    • Call of Duty 2
    • Max Payne 2
    • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • and more...

Office :

Applications in CrossOver Office for Solaris:
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2003, XP, 2000 and 97
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Outlook
    • Microsoft Access *1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 & 7
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Lotus Notes 5.0 and 6.5.1
  • Quicken
  • FrameMaker
  • Various Web Browser Plugins
    • QuickTime
    • Shockwave Director
    • Windows Media Player 6.4 & 9.0
  • and more...
*1 - Microsoft Access supported in Office 2000 only.
Many applications and games that are not on the above list will still work just fine. For a list of such applications, visit the CodeWeavers CrossOver Compatibility Center. At the compatibility center you can search for games, read about other users' experiences, and post tips and hints for other users.

Cost and Support of CrossOver Solaris

If your a current owner of CrossOver Office you will receive a complimentary copy of CrossOver Games. If by chance you don't currently own a copy of CrossOver Office you can purchase the stand alone Games product for only $39.95 with your purchase you will receive *limited support* through their support ticket system at this time, you can join in the discussions that take place at the C4 compatibility center, join a mailing list, vote for your favorite applications and games, and much more.

A purchase also goes toward helping support a full time Wine hacker! the folks at CodeWeavers have over the years given back well over 98% of all the code modifications that went into CrossOver to the Wine project. It also a good idea if you purchase CrossOver for Solaris to VOTE for Solaris in the Compatibility center.

CrossOver Solaris Screenshots (taken on OpenSolaris)

CrossOver Solaris Gnome menu entries


When you select "Install Windows Software" from the menu the CX GUI will start.


If you select install software the installation process will begin.


After you select the bottle you want to install your application or game into the install process will start.



After the install has finished your application or game will be placed in the CX Manage Bottles UI window.


In Manage Bottles you will see "Advanced Settings" tab. From this tab you can create Archives of your installed bottles, perform backups and more.


In the Manage Bottles UI you can run commands in a bottle, view installed applications and games and view the control panel settings.


To register your copy of CrossOver Solaris select the "Register and unlock this demo" from the system menu. You will need to enter your email address and password and the register tool will connect to the CrossOver store and proceed with the registration.


To run a Windows command select "Run a Windows Command" from the system menu. Select a bottle and then run a Windows command from that bottle. With CX Office and Games 9.0 and onward you can now easily create log files and use debug channels from the Run Command UI.


To terminate a Windows application select "Terminate Windows Application" from the system menu.


To uninstall CrossOver Office or Games select "Uninstall" from the system menu. You can choose to leave all of your previously configured bottles intact if you wish to do so.


To run a Windows Application or Game from the system menu simply navigate to the menu entry and choose the installed Application or Game. Or if your a advanced user you can run any application or game from your terminal.

Here is a screenshot of IE 7 running on OpenSolaris with CrossOver Solaris.


CrossOver also runs on FreeBSD and PC-BSD, see this older post for more information on CrossOver for FreeBSD.

In a future post I will be doing a review of Microsoft Office and IE 7 on FreeBSD and OpenSolaris.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

An introduction to CrossOver Office and Games for FreeBSD

What exactly is CrossOver FreeBSD?

CrossOver for FreeBSD is a commercial variant of Wine released by CodeWeavers with (currently) limited support for many of today's most popular office application and games. CrossOver Office and Games for FreeBSD is tested for performance and stability with many of todays most popular games such as Guild Wars, Eve Online, and Steam games like Half-Life 2 and Portal. As well as many of todays most popular Office application such as Microsoft Office 97 to 2007, Quicken, Quickbooks, Photoshop, Internet Explorer and many other not mentioned applications.
Minimum system requirements

FreeBSD :
  • An x86 based FreeBSD distribution based on glibc 2.3 or greater
  • Perl 5 or greater
  • IJG JPEG library (libjpeg)
  • python >= 2.4
  • gtk2 >= 2.10
  • python-gtk2 >= 2.10
  • It is also recommended that you have a web browser installed.
  • 100MB of available disk space (plus space for the Windows applications)
  • 128MB of RAM
Currently Unsupported builds of CrossOver FreeBSD

Currently the only way to get CrossOver Office or Games for FreeBSD is to first purchase a Linux licence of CrossOver. After your purchase you can then go to "My Downloads" (Your Downloads) and then select the "Unsupported Downloads" tab and then select the CrossOver FreeBSD tab. At this time you can download both CrossOver Office and Games 8.0 and the new 9.0 release from CodeWeavers.

The Demo version of CrossOver

When you download CrossOver FreeBSD from the Unsupported section it will be a seven day demo. The demo version of CrossOver has all the functions and features of the full version. Any Windows software that works on a full version will also run in the demo version, and vice versa. The important limitation of the demo version is that bottles can only be used for 7 days. This means that any Windows packages that you install using the demo version will cease to work 7 days after their installation. When a demo installation is unlocked, all existing bottles and applications are unlocked as well. To unlock a demo, you must have a support account with CodeWeavers. You can purchase CrossOver licenses and support contracts from the vendor that provided you with your demo or directly from the CodeWeavers store. During purchase you will be asked to provide an email address and password. This address and password will be used to unlock your demo install. (Your Linux purchase will unlock the FreeBSD demo)

Games :
Games in CrossOver Games for FreeBSD:
  • World of Warcraft
  • EVE Online
  • Guild Wars
  • Prey
  • Steam Games, including:
    • Half-Life 2
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Counter-Strike
    • Counter-Strike: Source
    • Civilization IV
    • Peggle Extreme
    • Call of Duty 2
    • Max Payne 2
    • Grand Theft Auto 2
  • and more...

Office :

Applications in CrossOver Office for FreeBSD:
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2003, XP, 2000 and 97
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Outlook
    • Microsoft Access *1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 & 7
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Lotus Notes 5.0 and 6.5.1
  • Quicken
  • FrameMaker
  • Various Web Browser Plugins
    • QuickTime
    • Shockwave Director
    • Windows Media Player 6.4 & 9.0
  • and more...
*1 - Microsoft Access supported in Office 2000 only.
Many applications and games that are not on the above list will still work just fine. For a list of such applications, visit the CodeWeavers CrossOver Compatibility Center. At the compatibility center you can search for games, read about other users' experiences, and post tips and hints for other users.

Cost and Support of CrossOver FreeBSD

If your a current owner of CrossOver Office you will receive a complimentary copy of CrossOver Games. If by chance you don't currently own a copy of CrossOver Office you can purchase the stand alone Games product for only $39.95 with your purchase you will receive *limited support* through their support ticket system at this time, you can join in the discussions that take place at the C4 compatibility center, join a mailing list, vote for your favorite applications and games, and much more.

A purchase also goes toward helping support a full time Wine hacker! the folks at CodeWeavers have over the years given back well over 98% of all the code modifications that went into CrossOver to the Wine project. It also a good idea if you purchase CrossOver for FreeBSD to VOTE for FreeBSD in the Compatibility center.

CrossOver FreeBSD Screenshots

CrossOver FreeBSD Gnome menu entries


When you select "Install Windows Software" from the menu the CX GUI will start.


If you select install software the installation process will begin.




After you select the bottle you want to install your application or game into the install process will start.


After the install has finished your application or game will be placed in the CX Manage Bottles UI window.


In Manage Bottles you will see "Advanced Settings" tab. From this tab you can create Archives of your installed bottles, perform backups and more.


In the Manage Bottles UI you can run commands in a bottle, view installed applications and games and view the control panel settings.


To register your copy of CrossOver FreeBSD select the "Register and unlock this demo" from the system menu. You will need to enter your email address and password and the register tool will conect to the CrossOver store and proceed with the registration.


To run a Windows command select "Run a Windows Command" from the system menu. Select a bottle and then run a Windows command from that bottle. With CX Office and Games 9.0 and onward you can now easily create log files and use debug channels from the Run Command UI.


To terminate a Windows application select "Terminate Windows Application" from the system menu.


To uninstall CrossOver Office or Games select "Uninstall" from the system menu. You can choose to leave all of your previously configured bottles intact if you wish to do so.


To run a Windows Application or Game from the system menu simply navigate to the menu entry and choose the installed Application or Game. Or if your a advanced user you can run any application or game from your terminal. See the IE 7 screenshot below.

CrossOver FreeBSD running on PC-BSD 8 screenshots... :)






If you sign up as a Advocte you can get nightly development builds of CX FreeBSD and test newly implemented features and bug fixes!


Here is a screenshot of IE 7 running on FreeBSD 8 with CrossOver FreeBSD.



CrossOver Office and Games also runs on Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris! In my next post I will be doing a introduction to CrossOver Office and Games for Solaris.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

wisotool 20100618 released

Dan Kegel released wisotool 20100618 today: 19 new verbs (blur, spore, photoshop cs5, ...), and 75 old ones.

wisotool is a handy winetricks like script for automatically installing games from .iso or .mds files copied from your own dvds (or, if the game is freely downloadable, it will download it). Just like winetricks, it is intended to make testing Wine easier, but might be useful for people who simply want to install games.
Unlike winetricks, wisotool is quiet by default, it doesnt ask any questions (except, for now, it prompts for your password so it can mount the .iso file).

Wisotool currently supports about 95 games and/or benchmarks (see below). Please consider contributing support for your favorite game, its not (too) hard. Im especially interested in recent or beta games, ideally wisotool would support good games or betas on or near their day of release.

Changes since version 20100530:

Austin English:
  • New verbs proevolution2010_demo
  • pscs5
  • pscs5_pickle
  • pscs5_unpickle
Dan Kegel:
  • New verbs bioshock_demo
  • blur
  • rom
  • Various bugfixes
Eleazar Galano:
  • New verbs avatar_demo
  • braid braid_demo
  • darknesswithin2_demo
  • hegemonypom_demo
  • hphbp_demo
  • nfsps_demo
  • popsot
  • spore
Travis Athougies:
  • New verbs 7million
  • msaoe_demo
Vincent Pelletier:
  • New verb beneath_a_steel_sky_gog
Here's the current help message:

Script to install games automatically.
Usage: wisotool [options] package [package] ...

Options:
-q quieter
-v verbose
-V display Version
Packages:
3dmark03 3D Mark 03 (Futuremark, 2003) [download]
3dmark05 3D Mark 05 (Futuremark, 2005) [download]
3dmark06 3D Mark 06 (Futuremark, 2006) [download]
3dmark2000 3DMark2000 (MadOnion.com, 2000) [download]
3dmark2001 3DMark2001 (MadOnion.com, 2001) [download]
7million 7Million (Deep Silver, 2009) [download] [broken on wine]
abes_exoddus_gog Abes Exoddus (GOG.com)
abes_oddysee_gog Abes Oddysee (GOG.com)
assassinscreed Assassins Creed (Ubisoft, 2008)
avatar_demo James Camerons Avatar The Game Demo (Ubisoft, 2009) [download]
baldursgate2 Baldurs Gate 2 - Shadows of Amn (Bioware, 2000)
battle_chess_gog Battle Chess (GOG.com)
beneath_a_steel_sky_gog Beneath a Steel Sky (GOG.com, free)
beyond_good_and_evil_gog Beyond Good and Evil (GOG.com)
bfbc2 Battlefield Bad Company 2 (EA, 2010)
bioshock Bioshock (2K Games, 2007)
bioshock_demo Bioshock Demo (2K Games, 2007)
blur Blur (Activision, 2010)
braid Braid (Number None, 2009) [download]
braid_demo Braid Demo (Number None, 2009) [download]
codmw2 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (Activision, 2009) [broken]
darknesswithin2_demo Darkness Within 2 Demo (Zoetrope Interactive, 2010) [download]
descent_1_2_gog Descent and Descent 2 (GOG.com)
descent_3_gog Descent 3 (GOG.com)
diablo2 Diablo II (Blizzard, 2000)
dragonage Dragon Age: Origins (Bioware, 2009)
dukenukem3d_gog Duke Nukem 3D (GOG.com)
dukenukemmp_gog Duke Nukem Manhattan Project (GOG.com)
earth_2150_trilogy_gog Earth 2150 trilogy (GOG.com)
earth_2160_gog Earth 2160 (GOG.com)
earthworm_jim_1_2_gog Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 (GOG.com)
earthworm_jim_3d_gog Earthworm Jim 3D (GOG.com)
empire_earth_gold_gog Empire Earth Gold (GOG.com)
evil_genius_gog Evil Genius (GOG.com)
fallout_2_gog Fallout 2 (GOG.com)
fallout_gog Fallout (GOG.com)
fallout_tactics_gog Fallout Tactics (GOG.com)
far_cry_gog Far Cry (GOG.com)
flatout_gog FlatOut (GOG.com)
freespace_2_gog Freespace 2 (GOG.com)
freespace_gog Freespace (GOG.com)
ghost_master_gog Ghost Master (GOG.com)
ground_control_2_gog Ground Control 2 (GOG.com)
gta_vc Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar, 2003)
half_life_goty Half Life: Game of the Year Edition (Sierra, 2000)
hegemonypom_demo Hegemony: Philip of Macedon Demo (Longbow Games, 2010) [download]
help How to use this tool
hon Heroes of Newerth (S2 Games, 2010) [download]
hphbp_demo Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince Demo (EA, 2009) [download]
lswcs Lego Star Wars Complete Saga (Lucasarts, 2009)
manhole The Manhole Masterpiece Edition (Cyan, 1994)
masseffect2 Mass Effect 2 (BioWare, 2010)
mdk2_gog MDK 2 (GOG.com)
mdk_gog MDK (GOG.com)
mnbw_demo Mount & Blade Warband Demo (Taleworlds, 2010) [download]
morrowind The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Bethesda, 2002)
msaoe_demo Age of Empires Demo (Microsoft, 1997) [download]
neighbours_from_hell_compilation_gog Neighbours From Hell 1 & 2 (GOG.com)
nfsps_demo Need For Speed: Pro Street Demo (EA, 2007)
operation_flashpoint_goty_gog Operation Flashpoint GOTY (GOG.com)
orangebox Orange Box (Valve, 2007)
painkiller_black_gog Painkiller Black (GOG.com)
pcmark04 PC Mark 04 (Futuremark, 2004) [download]
pcmark05 PC Mark 05 (Futuremark, 2005) [download]
perimeter_gog Perimeter (GOG.com)
plantsvszombies Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap Games, 2009) [download]
popsot Prince of Persia Sands of Time (Ubisoft, 2003)
popsot_demo Prince of Persia Sands of Time Demo (Ubisoft, 2003)
praetorians_gog Praetorians (GOG.com)
procycling08_demo Pro Cycling Manager 2008 Demo (Cyanide, 2008) [download, broken in wine]
procycling09_nda Pro Cycling Manager 2009 (Cyanide, 2009)
proevolution2010_demo Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 Demo (Konami, 2009) [download]
pscs5 Photoshop CS5 Demo (Adobe, 2010)
pscs5_pickle save Photoshop CS5 Demo to tarball
pscs5_unpickle restore Photoshop CS5 Demo from tarball
psychonauts_gog Psychonauts (GOG.com)
quake3 Quake 3 (ID Software, 1999)
re5bench Resident Evil 5 Benchmark (Capcom, 2009)
[download]
redneck_rampage_gog Redneck Rampage (GOG.com)
robinson_requiem_collection_gog Robinson Requiem & Deus (GOG.com)
rom Runes of Magic (Frogster Interactive, 2009) [download]
settlers_2_gold_gog The Settlers 2 Gold (GOG.com)
shogo_gog Shogo Mobile Armor Division (GOG.com)
sims3 The Sims 3 (EA, 2009)
splitsecond Split Second (Black Rock Studios, 2010) [wine bug 22865]
splitsecond_demo Split Second Demo (Black Rock Studios, 2010) [wine bug 22865]
spore Spore (EA, 2008)
starcraft Starcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard, 1998)
starcraft2 Starcraft II beta (Blizzard, 2010)
stfu Starwars: The Force Unleashed (Aspyr, 2009)
sto Star Trek Online (Cryptic, 2010)
tex_murphy_1_and_2_gog Tex Murphy 1 & 2 (GOG.com)
unigine_heaven Unigen Heaven 2 Benchmark (Unigen, 2010) [download]
unreal_2_se_gog Unreal 2: The awakening Special Edition (GOG.com)
unreal_gold_gog Unreal Gold Edition (GOG.com)
ut2004_gog Unreal Tournament 2004 (GOG.com)
ut_goty_gog Unreal Tournament GOTY (GOG.com)
wog World of Goo demo (2D Boy, 2008) [download]
wowbc World of Warcraft: Battle Chest (Blizzard, 2008)
Pseudopackages:
load Load a disc into the iso cache
load=KEY Load a disc with given key; only works from commandline at
moment
------------------------------------------------------
If the game is not marked with {download} or {loaded} in the menu, you have
to insert its disc and give the 'load' command before you can choose that
game in the menu. If the game has multiple discs, you have to do this for
each disc.
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------
If the game has an install key, you have to enter that when loading the
first disc. (You have to do that from the commandline, e.g. sh wisotool
load=XXXX-YYYY-ZZZZ.)
------------------------------------------------------

Wisotool is available at
http://kegel.com/wine/wisotool
You can read more about it at
http://wiki.winehq.org/wisotool
Please report bugs via
http://code.google.com/p/winezeug/issues/







Putty for Mac
Putty for Mac
$15.00

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winetricks 20100618 released

Dan Kegel released winetricks 20100618 today: new verbs dxsdk_nov2006, windowscodecs

Another month, another Winetricks.

Changes:

Dan Kegel
  • Add dxsdk_nov2006, document how to use it etc. at
  • http://kegel.com/wine/cl-howto-win7sdk.html
  • directx9: override dxdiag.exe, too
  • Update divx sha1sum
Andrew Nguyen
  • Add windowscodecs
Jeff Zaroyko
  • Fix vjrun20 path in non-quiet mode
Austin English
  • Update OpenWatcom to version 1.9
Online as always at
http://kegel.com/wine/winetricks
or
http://winezeug.googlecode.com
(Bug reports to the issue tracker at the above URL, please.)



Putty for Mac
Putty for Mac
$15.00

https://winereviews.onfastspring.com/putty-for-mac