CrossOver Mac Free for Just One Day

- 2008.10.28 - Tip Jar

When Apple migrated to the Intel platform, it opened up a lot of possibilities for Mac users - at least those with Intel-based Macs - to run Windows programs. Best known are the various ways to run Windows directly, whether dual-booting using Apple's Boot Camp or using one of several virtualization programs (all of which I've covered on LEM): Parallels, VMWare Fusion, and the free VirtualBox (

But there's another way. The WINE project provides Unix-family operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X, with the capability to run at least some Windows applications without having Windows installed. It works - sometimes - but can take a lot of fussing. CodeWeavers offers a commercial version of WINE, CrossOver, which makes it much easier to install and use.

I've written about CrossOver a couple of times on LowEndMac - a general review in 2007 and more recently a review when Codeweavers released a free version of it customized to allow Google's Windows-only Chrome browser to run on Macs or Linux.

Now, for one day only, CrossOver has another freebie: On October 28th, users going to the company's website are being promised a code that can be used to download either a Linux or Mac OS X copy of the $40 CrossOver Pro, complete with a year's support. (Support can be extended for $35/yr.)

The company claims that the freebie is the result of a Lame Duck challenge, offered three months ago by CodeWeavers' CEO Jeremy White to US president Bush. In it, he challenged Bush to achieve any of six goals during the last "lame duck" days of his administration. The goals ranged from capturing Osama Bin Laden to returning the stock market to its 2008 high. For each goal met, White promised to give his company's product away for a day.

One of the challenges was to bring the average price of gasoline sold in CodeWeavers' home base of Minnesota's Twin Cities to US$2.79. Falling petroleum prices have done that - the result: one day of free CrossOver.

Get it while you can. LEM

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Alan Zisman is Mac-using teacher and technology writer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Many of his articles are available on his website, If you find Alan's articles helpful, please consider making a donation to his tip jar.

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