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CodeWeavers have released CrossOver 18.5 pulling in Wine 4.0 and FAudio

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For those who want to help with Wine development without contributing code, CodeWeavers host the Wine project and contribute to its development along with their own CrossOver product.

For those who've never heard of it:

CrossOver provides two main services on top of Wine.  1) CrossOver contains a series of hacks that allow some popular programs to run better in the short-term.  2) CrossOver provides a user-friendly shell so that you don’t need to use a terminal and text-based commands to run your Windows software on Mac or Linux. 

Released yesterday, CrossOver 18.5 is a pretty huge upgrade as it pulls in the Wine 4.0 release (previously it used Wine 3.14) and also FAudio, the XAudio reimplementation for open platforms developed by Ethan Lee who now works with CodeWeavers. The actual changelog can be found here and the release announcement here.

I can't say I know anyone who uses CrossOver for games, but for software it might come in handy, like with this release adding some support for OneNote 2016 and support for the latest latest release of Office 365. Good to have options though of course and since they support Wine directly it's a good way to help.

They also put up a blog post (where the above quote is from) to help with those confused on the relationship between Wine, CrossOver and Proton.

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Mohandevir 22 March 2019 at 2:00 pm UTC
Does the fact that CrossOver now integrates Wine 4.0 means that Proton is near from getting it too? Isn't Proton CrossOver based?
Naib 22 March 2019 at 2:34 pm UTC
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I have always been a bit questionable about CodeWeavers existence primarily due to Cedega
I made use of Cedega back when I was clanning playing BF1942 as I was switching 100% to linux. They just too wine, some tweaks (game specific)

Seems understandable at the time, but they didn't feed back to WINE and equally if the game you were interested in went out of scope then it just rotted. The £££ that linux users provided for this "service" then wass used to create Cedar for OSX only....
liamdawe 22 March 2019 at 2:37 pm UTC
NaibI have always been a bit questionable about CodeWeavers existence primarily due to Cedega
I made use of Cedega back when I was clanning playing BF1942 as I was switching 100% to linux. They just too wine, some tweaks (game specific)

Seems understandable at the time, but they didn't feed back to WINE and equally if the game you were interested in went out of scope then it just rotted. The £££ that linux users provided for this "service" then wass used to create Cedar for OSX only....
Well, that was a completely different (and quite shady) company called TransGaming, nothing to do with CodeWeavers. CodeWeavers do give back, pretty sure the head person of Wine is literally employed by them.
Naib 22 March 2019 at 2:49 pm UTC
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which is good, if they offer a service that is different. Transgaming was... interesting and went an odd route
rcrit 22 March 2019 at 3:19 pm UTC
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I've played a couple of games in Crossover just to see how the experience was (it's fine) but mostly I subscribe as a way to support the wine community.

I suppose I'd disagree that Transgaming was in any way "shady". I do agree they took a very odd path given they are now a real estate company IIRC.
liamdawe 22 March 2019 at 4:22 pm UTC
rcritI suppose I'd disagree that Transgaming was in any way "shady". I do agree they took a very odd path given they are now a real estate company IIRC.
Maybe shady wasn't quite the right word, but I'm not a fan of how they took Wine code before the license change and profited off it while making their changes proprietary. Obviously it wasn't the best business model, since Wine changed their license and most people moved over to Wine eventually and Transgaming moved on themselves.
Bumadar 22 March 2019 at 5:24 pm UTC
I been using crossover for like 10 years now, in the beginning to run steam and these day almost all of my gog games that are not linux. I think they doing a great job and give a lot back to wine itself and yes the head person of wine (if you can say that) is employed by crossover. so I find it money well spend
KohlyKohl 22 March 2019 at 6:52 pm UTC
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I've used crossover as a trial a few times over the years. The software works very well and I was able to play Warcraft III and Starcraft II by just clicking a button.

With that said, I find $40 for what you get way over priced and I've never been able to justify paying that much for what you get.

I've been using Lutris instead and I find it more useful for my needs. I even pay $5 a month to support it which is more than the $40 crossover asks for.
omer666 22 March 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
I've been owning a license for several years now and it's always been a way better experience than stock wine or PoL. But I've got to say that Proton changed this a great deal lately, and I've been using Steam to play Windows games ever since it went public. Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure I'll be renewing my license next August just to support wine development.
TheRiddick 22 March 2019 at 11:02 pm UTC
Wine4.3+ is where its at,
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