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Latest CrossOver for Linux ups 3D game performance
May 15, 2007

Many users can't avoid Windows applications for one or two tasks, or a game -- and that's where CodeWeavers Inc. comes in with its CrossOver platform. CrossOver 6.1, released May 15, enables enables Linux PCs and Apple Mactels to run more Windows applications and games, and with higher 3D performance, according to CodeWeavers.

CrossOver Linux 6.1 supports, among other programs, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Visio, and Internet Explorer; Adobe Photoshop; Macromedia Dreamweaver; Intuit Quicken and QuickBooks; and Lotus Notes. It also supports such popular games as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty 2.

Version 6.1 adds the ability for Outlook users to work remotely using RPC (Remote Procedure Call) over a Web connection. "There is also a wide range of other bug fixes and minor improvements in Outlook," said CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White in an announcement to current users.

In addition, version 6.1 boasts improved Windows 3D game performance. Much of this improvement is due to major update of DirectX support, according to White. "We've made some noticeable gains in our game support," he said. "We already ran World of Warcraft and Half Life 2, but we've now improved our speed and frame rates, as well as adding support for other important titles like Call of Duty 2."

Installing IE 6 on Linux using CrossOver 6.1

CrossOver is built on top of WINE, an open-source implementation of the Windows API (application programming interface). While you don't need CrossOver to run Windows programs on Linux or Mac OS, CrossOver does make it much easier to set up and run these applications; plus, it comes with support.

The updated versions of CrossOver for Mac and Linux are available online at the CodeWeavers Web site. The list price for a single copy with six months of support is $39.95.

You don't have to purchase CrossOver, however, to find out if it suits your needs. White said, "We recommend that anyone who is interested in CrossOver first download a trial version and make sure that it works well for you; trials are available front and center on our main Web page. You can download a new trial of 6.1.0 even if your 6.0 trial had expired."

A Japanese version of these products will be available in Japan early next month.

-- Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

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