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Friday, August 5, 2016

Interview CodeWeavers President Discusses Porting Windows Apps to Chromebooks

After becoming the first company to show Windows apps running on a Chromebook, CodeWeavers' James Ramey tells WinBuzzer how CrossOver for Android will work. He also talks about the need for Windows apps across platforms and the hardware restrictions of Chromebooks.


 Last week I had the chance to sit down with James Ramey, President of CodeWeavers. The company’s CrossOver technology has been porting Windows applications to Linux and Mac for nearly two decades. Recently the company became the first to bridge Windows apps to a Chromebook, using CrossOver for Android.

During a wide-ranging discussion, Ramey talked about how CrossOver for Android overcomes the hardware restrictions on Chromebooks. He also had plenty to say about how Google’s computing platform has plenty of room to grow.

Nevertheless, Ramey believes that there will always be a need for Windows applications, but is unsure on Microsoft’s plans with cross-platform openness.

You’ve been porting Windows applications to Linux for nearly two decades and Mac since 2006. What were the differences or challenges in porting to Chromebook’s compared to those other platforms?

“Chromebooks are a more sandboxed environment than either the Linux or Mac platforms, so there are more restrictions in regards to applications like CodeWeavers (CrossOver). Not restrictions from the standpoint of just not wanting Windows applications, but restrictions in how applications run in general. A lot of times our applications link back to data and information. We run things on the fly, and sometimes that isn’t conducive in the Chromium environment.

There are some challenges there in how the applications run. Additionally there are other limitations. We are dealing with Open GL ES over Open GL, so there are different libraries to transfer for as opposed to platforms such as Linux or Mac.

From a hardware standpoint there are other challenges. Chromebooks in the past have not had the processor, RAM, and hard drive space you would hope to have in a PC. There are some challenges working with hardware constraints, not necessarily for our technology, but regarding the support of Windows technology.

Microsoft Windows based applications have this expectation to have almost unlimited RAM, of vast hard drives, and incredible processing power. If all those conditions aren’t met then you have some instability, you have some performance degradation that you work through. That’s where we have to compensate and find ways to make things run better with restricted resources.”

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Putty for Mac OS X now available

Putty is one of the Best Terminal Emulators available today. It Supports different types of Network Protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet etc. In Windows it is used as SSH Client to connect to Your Linux server or for some other purpose But what will you do if you are on Mac? You might be thinking , Is there any Software like Putty for Mac Available?  The answer is Yes! With the help of some other Software's we can Use putty on Mac although Putty is used widely on Windows Platform. Official Versions of Putty are available on Unix like Platforms, and now it's widely available for Mac systems running OSX 10.9.5 or higher.

SSH is available by default in Mac and Linux or Unix. Although you can use terminal for SSH connections still there are some benefits using putty such as Other clients don’t keep connections alive whereas Putty does. Also it is cool to use Putty as your SSH client if you are doing some VMware ESXi or CISCO Stuffs, transferring files, managing files on a server or whatever.









Putty for Mac only cost $15.00 and is available in Wine Reviews online store.

Mariner Software Store at Wine Reviews

Mariner Software develops Mac and Windows applications for Developers and publishers on Mac, Win, and iOS, as well as home and office and writing software such as MacGourmet, Paperless, MacJournal and many more.


You can now purchase all of Mariner Software titles in the new Wine Reviews store, here is the Mariner Software section.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Codeweavers CrossOver 15.2.0 for Linux and Mac OSX has been released

I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 15.2.0 for both Mac OSX and Linux.  CrossOver 15.2.0 has important bug fixes for both Mac and Linux users.

Mac customers with active support entitlements will be upgraded to CrossOver 15.2.0 the next time they launch CrossOver Mac. Linux users can download the latest version from https://www.codeweavers.com/.


Change Log For CrossOver Mac and Linux :

 15.2.0 CrossOver - July 26, 2016
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 can now correctly embed fonts when exporting to PDF format.
    • Fixed a crash in Tencent QQ instant messenger.
    • Several graphics cards which would previously go unrecognized by CrossOver will now be properly identified.
    • CrossOver's automatic detection of the amount of available Video RAM is improved.

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