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CrossOver XI promises better support for running Windows apps on Mac or Linux

Codeweavers Inc has announced the launch of CrossOver XI, its commercial port of the open-source Wine application that allows Linux and Mac users to run Windows applications without having to install Windows itself.

Codeweavers Inc has announced the launch of CrossOver XI, its commercial port of the open-source Wine application that allows Linux and Mac users to run Windows applications without having to install Windows itself.

CrossOver XI sees the two previously available separate editions of CrossOver – Games and Pro – incorporated into a single application, and includes numerous platform updates and improvements. It also promises support for a wider range of applications than before, including Microsoft Office 2010.

CrossOver XI replaces both CrossOver Pro and CrossOver Games lines by combining their functionality into a single product, meaning that all applications and games previously supported by one app or the other can now be run from within CrossOver XI.

The application itself receives a number of updates, including improved naming conventions and publishing handling of bottles, along with progress bars being displayed during bottle creation, simulated reboot and bottle initialization.


Office 2010 is now officially supported in CrossOver XI.

The Mac version of CrossOver now ships with quartz-wm, which should both enable most Mac users to install the software without having to install Apple’s X11 app, plus resolve bugs with running apps in full-screen mode in Lion.

The major underlying change is that CrossOver XI is now based on the latest stable release of Wine, which stands at version 1.4. This includes a new Device Independent Bitmap engine for better and faster image drawing, improved mouse handling in Linux, better C++ runtimes and audio support improvements.

CrossOver XI introduces official support for Microsoft Office 2010 and Quicken 2012 applications, while all .NET Frameworks from 1.1 to 3.5 are now supported. There is also a large number of improvements for applications already supported, including various iterations of Microsoft Office products, DirectX 9 and Steam.

A full list of changes, improvements and fixes can be found in the application’s release notes.

CrossOver XI is available as a free 14-day trial download for Macs running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later, and Linux. Codeweavers has also announced that CrossOver XI will be the last version to support Leopard users – future releases will required OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later. Prices start from $39.95 depending on the length of free upgrades and support required.

Easily Install Windows Games & Software on Linux with PlayOnLinux

If you’re new to Linux or maybe never knew you could run PC games on your installation, Chris Hoffman has put together a guide at How-To Geek, “Easily Install Windows Games & Software on Linux with PlayOnLinux” explaining how to go about it.

“PlayOnLinux provides a point-and-click interface to automatically install and tweak Windows software on Linux. It’s like a package manager — but for Windows games and other applications on Linux.”

So we here at Linux Game News have put together a PDF document of the article for easy reference. Or, you could to send it to a friend who needs a walk-through, share the benefits of linux. 🙂

OpenTTD vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution

The OpenTTD developers have discovered three security issues in the open source game based on Microprose’s Transport Tycoon Deluxe. One issue, a buffer overflow in save games, makes it possible to crash the game and possibly cause the execution of arbitrary code; the bug has been present since version 0.1.0.

In another issue, improperly validated commands from the server can create a denial of service. The third issue involves buffer overflows when validating external data read from the local filesystem; this could lead to arbitrary code execution. All three bugs are due to be fixed in an upcoming 1.1.3 release; a release candidate for that version is available. OpenTTD is licensed under the GPLv2.

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