Oct 29 2012

Mac Based Trick or Treat

I recently spent about three hours trying to get Wine up and running on my Mac under Mountain Lion because I wanted to run E-Sword on my Mac.

I am reasonably geeky, but at some point the command line queasiness hit me like a retiree on their first cruise ship. Everything worked except for that last little bit of making the software launch once I installed it. Sigh.

If you want to do something similar, but without the pain then CodeWeavers has got a treat for you.

From their press release:

How to Get the Free Software
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, beginning at 00:00 Central Time (+6 GMT), anyone visiting CodeWeavers’ Flock The Vote promotional web site (flock.codeweavers.com) will be able to download a free, fully functional copy of either CrossOver Mac or CrossOver Linux. Each copy comes complete with 12 months of support and product upgrades. The offer will continue for 24 hours, from 00:00 to 23:59, Oct. 31, 2012.

This announcement came as a shock to insiders. The company had recently launched its “Flock the Vote” challenge – a voter turnout initiative in which CodeWeavers promised free software for 24 hours if 100,000 people pledged to vote in the 2012 Presidential election at www.codeweavers.com/flockthevote. However, the numbers of pledges was still far below 100,000 as of today. Observing lower-than-anticipated numbers, CEO Jeremy White began poking around in the web site’s code base.

“Apparently still harboring ill-will from our 2008 give-away, our IT man, Jeremy Newman, had been diverting pledges into an old Hotmail account,” said White. “This promotion was a big deal to me,” continued White, ”such a big deal, in fact, that I’ve recently taken to wearing a duck costume as my normal working attire. When I discovered Newman’s agenda, I was forced to trigger the giveaway immediately and to suspend his Diablo 3 privileges through the fourth quarter. Take that, Newman!”

Employees, including Newman, have serious concerns about the giveaway’s effect on the company’s financial stability and point to the utter chaos following the company’s previous “Lame Duck Presidential Challenge” in 2008 (summarized below). Upon hearing the 2012 giveaway announcement, employees exploded into an angry riot – the event was captured on video and can be seen at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkKiMJFvXbc).

CrossOver takes the pain out of the process and works very well on an Intel based Mac. The price makes this very attractive!

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