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Industry Computer software
Founded 1996
Headquarters Saint Paul, Minnesota
Key people
Jeremy White, Founder and CEO
Alexandre Julliard, Chief Technology Officer
Jonathan Parshall, Chief Operating Officer
James Ramey, VP Sales
Products CrossOver Linux, CrossOver Mac, CrossOver Server
Number of employees
approx. 30

CodeWeavers is a company that sells a proprietary version of Wine called CrossOver, for running Windows applications on Mac OS X and Linux. The company was founded in 1996 as a consultancy, eventually moving entirely over to Wine development and support. The CrossOver version of Wine is regularly refreshed with the latest free Wine patches; likewise, patches from the company are sent back to the Wine project almost immediately. This distinguishes the company from TransGaming, which develops a forked version of Wine called Cedega, and no longer returns contributions to free Wine. CodeWeavers is a major contributor to the Wine project, a free software / open-source software project that helps Windows applications run on different x86-based operating systems, and employs the project's maintainer, Alexandre Julliard, as their CTO.

The Company's products include CrossOver Linux and CrossOver Mac. Both programs include now the functionality of both the CrossOver Games and CrossOver Pro lines therefore CrossOver Games and CrossOver Server are no longer available as single products.[1]

The company's products have traditionally focused on making Microsoft software staples like Microsoft Office, MS Word, and MS Excel run on Linux. With the addition of CrossOver Pro Mac the company has also begun focusing on games and other applications not available natively on the Mac platform, such as MS Visio and MS Project. CrossOver Games was introduced in March 2008 and was intended to allow gaming-related patches from Wine to be incorporated into CrossOver much faster. The CrossOver Pro product line focused on stability and in-depth testing with supported productivity software, such as Microsoft Office, and had a slower release cycle.

CodeWeavers also provides implementation and consulting services around Wine and other open-source software projects. Google has paid CodeWeavers to improve support for Adobe Photoshop and add functionality to Wine.[2][3]

CodeWeavers is also a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium.

Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge[edit]

In July 2008, CodeWeavers launched the Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge[4] to encourage President Bush to make the most of his remaining days in office by accomplishing a major economic or political goal by January 20, 2009.

The goals focused on President Bush making specific positive accomplishments in areas such as the economy, home values, the stock market, the war on terror and other key issues. Specifically, one goal called for President Bush to help bring down average gasoline prices in the Twin Cities to $2.79 a gallon.

On October 14, gas prices in Minneapolis and St. Paul did just that. CodeWeavers were true to their word[clarification needed], and on October 28, traffic via Slashdot, Digg, and other sources overloaded and brought down the CodeWeavers website as people rushed to get the free-of-charge software. According to CodeWeavers, "You will be able to unlock your serial number that was emailed to you for an extended time, (an additional 48 hours), due to this downtime. We will simply stop giving out new serial numbers at 23:59 (Midnight) Central Standard Time." [5]

Additionally, CodeWeavers updated their site @ ~ 9:00 AM CST (GMT - 6) to reflect the statement: "Please check back again for registration code information later today. We will be deploying a streamlined serial code generation process shortly." At the same time, they also added an "about Wine" paragraph.

The streamlined process came to pass, but customers were told to expect to wait "several days" to receive their serial number. In the interim, fully unlocked (full builds) of four different CodeWeavers packages became available for immediate download, but only on October 28, 2008.[6]


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