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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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wintermute 22 March 2019 at 11:15 pm UTC
KohlyKohlI've never been able to justify paying that much for what you get.

What you get is to help pay the wages of most of the regular contributors to Wine, I find that quite easy to justify (though I appreciate not everyone has the spare cash). For what it's worth they do have quite regular sales.

I use Crossover for some older games where stability has more benefits than being on the cutting edge.
TheReaperUK 23 March 2019 at 2:22 am UTC
It been a fair few years i've used Crossover and it has been a life saver for some programs that don't have a Linux way to do it, And once you pay for 1 year after that year is up you get 50% off (I have every year so far).

And yes i have used it for games a lot, before Proton i used Crossover to load Steam for Windows and play some of my windows game library.

Still keep Crossover for Wolfenstein 2009 Version and Vampire Bloodlines to name 2 most played.
apprentix 23 March 2019 at 11:31 am UTC
I have a CrossOver subscription just to help Wine. I paid U$14.98 for 2019 and U$29.95 for 2018.
raneon 23 March 2019 at 12:50 pm UTC
Personally I would want to support Wine development with some money, but I don't want to buy a product like CrossOver just to do that. Maybe their websites is just to bad to sell this to me ;-) Besides this their focus was too much on slow OpenGL implementations, not to mention here their focus on MacOS (something I wouldn't want to see my money wasted for). With Proton and all the Vulkan implementations I feel that I support Linux much much better!
Comandante Ñoñardo 23 March 2019 at 1:02 pm UTC
In case you didn't know, Crossover 18 and up supports DXVK.
Redface 24 March 2019 at 12:36 am UTC
MohandevirDoes the fact that CrossOver now integrates Wine 4.0 means that Proton is near from getting it too? Isn't Proton CrossOver based?
Valve is working with Codeweavers for proton but it does not use any crossover code that is not in wine as far as I know, it uses wine, dxvk and some other opensource projects. Proton will be based on wine 4.0 or newer when its fits protons development schedule.


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