Coming back from a day’s break, we present another unique and nice software as part of our Christmas Giveaway. If you remember, in our announcement post, we had promised freebies for our readers with Mac and Linux as well. Of-course majority of the giveaways were Windows based (considering our reader base using Windows), but we have a split introduction and promotion of CodeWeavers Crossover Mac and Crossover Linux.

Whether you’re running a Linux or Mac OS X machine, chances are you need a way to run at least some Windows applications or games that aren’t available on your platform of choice. CodeWeavers Crossover for Mac and Linux allow Windows apps on your Mac and Linux without Windows respectively. This is supposedly better and faster than having a dual boot or using VMWare and other Virtual machine solutions.

CodeWeavers Crossover for Mac

CrossOver Mac allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel Mac. CrossOver includes an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing Windows software simple and fast. Once installed, your application integrates seamlessly in OS X. Just click and run your application directly from the OS X Finder. Clicking a Windows file or document, including email attachments will launch the appropriate Windows program, allowing you to work on the files. Best of all, you do it all easily and affordably, without needing a Microsoft operating system license.


Because it doesn’t use Windows and no Windows license is required, the total cost of using CrossOver is much less than virtual machine products such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. CrossOver also doesn’t use the CPU bandwidth and doesn’t require the large amount of RAM that virtual machine software such Parallels or VMware require. The drawback is that CrossOver only supports a selected Windows applications, including Outlook. The company said that it would be adding support for more applications as time goes on. Click here to see the supported applications list.

CrossOver Mac Pro 8 is a smart application; it relies on the open-source Wine application for running Windows apps and streamlines the install process. Adding new Windows software is easy. Just place your install CD in your Intel Mac, and CrossOver will recognize it and offer to begin the installation process. CrossOver then completes the installation and configures your application to run on your Mac. That’s all there is to it.

CodeWeavers Crossover for Linux

Crossover for Linux is very similar to Crossover for Mac. It has support for several applications, including Quicken 2009, Internet Explorer 7, and Adobe Photoshop CS2. According to Codeweavers, it also offers improved support for Microsoft Office 2003/2007, Outlook 2000, and Adobe FrameMaker, among others titles. The CrossOver Standard and Pro versions (which sell for $39.95 and $69.95) include six and 12 months of paid support, respectively. The Pro version offers some other benefits, including multi-seat deployment tools and physical software media.

The company limits its formal technical support, however, to a shorter list of about 130 Windows apps, including business productivity tools, graphics software, Web design and development apps, and even Windows system software such as DirectX.

Personally, I feel there is a lot of scope to improve on the current software and with Crossover 9 being in roadmap, I am sure the company will iron out the existing bugs and adds support for more and more Windows applications.

Crossover for Mac and Linux – Free Licenses giveaway

We have 25 free licenses of Codeweavers’ Crossover 8.0 for Mac/Linux Pro version to be given away. The best part is, once you get the license, you can choose to register them as you prefer! As usual, leave a comment on why you like to win a license and you are in for the giveaway! If you promote this on Mac/Linux Tech forums you will have a better chance to win the license.

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Martin is giving away FILEminimizer Pictures and Image Converter Plus. Be sure to check it out.

Winners: slamp, Aaron Turrall, Paul, hideipuser, Saurabh, Stephane ROBERT, jyothiprasadb, Steph, Gianluca, James Cain, Murugesan, Nicolai S, Albert H, Abhishek, Ubiq, Venkat, peter, Brigitte, Devon, juju, k19s, bill ehm, Sean, Kristian Matthews, Slipdisc, Matias S. Aquino, jose


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  • juju

    I had many problems caused by viruses, so I switch to linux
    and thanks to this application I can use the software I like on linux
    if i win license
    please count me in

  • talshl


    Please count me for this.

  • doc

    That could help me to switch to Linux, that at the moment I use only for some specific task.

  • Murugesan

    Hi, I am currently dual booting windows and linux. I am mainly using windows for the applications it supports. In linux there is lesser number of viruses when compared to windows. If I could win one of these licenses I can use linux more freely with windows applications installed. Please include me in this giveaway. Thanks for this great offer!

  • k19s

    Hi, I’ve used this software before and found it really easy to cross platform applications from windows to mac. The quality you get from playing windows platform games on Macs is the same and sometimes it even performs better. So I hope to win one license so that I can continue using great windows applications on my Mac.


  • BlogWurm

    It can be very useful to run windows applications under linux.
    So i hope to win this.

  • ibheck

    its useful sofware we can use linux operation system and use windows sofware, very useful

  • Stephane ROBERT


    Please count me for this.


  • Artupake

    Nowadays, I am using Ubuntu, but the easiest way to use the graphical software is still apps from Windows based and I hope I could get it one.


  • Bernard


    Wow, should be very useful ! Thanks for this giveaway (I hope …)


  • ha14

    thanks for this contest, a mac user will greatly find it useful.

  • Jose

    From time to time I need to check the display of web pages under development using Internet Explorer & I do not like to leave my GNU/Linux Debian environment to do that under Windows.

    Please count me in.

  • Dror

    Could I get one?

  • xc8

    crossover is great software. I used it at the past under osx. superb speed.

  • Michal

    I like Linux, but I have to use some software which only works on Windows. If I win I will have a chance to use only the Linux system.

  • Thunder-man

    I use Suse Linux, and would then like to use some Windows applications.

  • Aaron Turrall

    I’d love to win a license for Crossover, as I need to use the dreaded Microsoft Office Publisher to finish off my Media Studies Coursework. I use Ubuntu Linux by the way, and its by far the best OS around!

  • SmogHog

    After a day’s break,back to this great giveaway.

  • Kristian Matthews

    This would be great for finally being able to use certain applications that I need to be able to use at sixth form on my Mac. Count me in!

  • paulcrousel

    this is great for linux based pc and just imagine all the opportunities with CrossOver.

  • Sean

    I would love a copy. I have one mac and two windows machines to deal with and this would be handy. I currently use a dual boot with bootcamp, but I suspect this would speed up my work.

  • Manni

    best for windows on linux

  • Slipdisc

    Looks like a pretty good way to run some windows apps on the mac. Count me in.

  • slamp

    I run gentoo linux since few years. Used wine for some softs like world of warcraft.I red that crossover is better than wine but I never had chance to test it. May be this time …

  • Gianluca

    I run a dual boot pc (win-linux).
    I would like to say goodbye to windows, but I still need some windows-only apps.

  • Abhishek

    I use linux (Ubuntu) alongwith Windows XP but most of my time is spent on Windows due to the inability of linux to run Windows programs whose alternative might not be available or requires learning about it which is time consuming. Having this utility may solve my problem.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Christian

    I have Linux on my PC. please count me in.

  • Raju

    I have mentioned that in my last paragraph – its the PRO license bing given away (worth $70)

  • Mika

    I want to install Ms. Office 2007 on my linux because Open Office can’t open my office document (.doc) perfectly. thx

  • bill

    nice one. it would be nice to try this out.

  • bill ehm

    Recently I crossed over to Mac but as most Win users know there is a far greater propensity to develop apps for Win OS. That being the case I am using trials of VMWare and Parallels to run certain Win progs right now. I only have a few trial days left so being “gifted” with this program would be a blast. Count me in please.

  • jyothiprasadb

    Somehow I couldn’t get WINE working. I want to try luck with this. To increase my chance of winning this giveaway, I’ve also posted in; here is the link for forum post…

    I’m also having this page link in my gtalk status and I’m also going to tweet about it.

  • Nicolai S

    Im currently using Wine, but not all programs work very well under wine, so it would be great if I could win this giveaway.

    (If I win, then give me the Linux license)

  • hideipuser

    I am using Linux Mint. I have to use some of the windows apps in Mint for the development purpose. This would be a great addition to my Mint box.
    Thanks for offering this.

  • Pratik

    Hey I have a macbook and would like to win one license…

    Thanks you

  • Ruel

    This will be really useful for me because I have both Mac and PC. Accessing files between the two will make my life easier because I dont have to worry where to save them. Thanks for offering this.

  • Tal

    I really need this, and hope I will win it.
    Thank you very much of the offer

  • Prakas h Pathak

    could i have a one i u dont mind plz

  • Corno

    I have no idea how this program will work out in practice, but the description is certainly promising.

  • Bill-S

    Please consider me for the Mac Crossover deal
    This would make my mac have a much better feel.
    Winning this would make my Christmas for me
    And I would give many thanks for this to TechPP

  • Matthias

    I’ve just installed Ubuntu for trying out and this software could really make the change much easier.

  • Brigitte

    I could really use this, I am currently dual-booting with vista/kubuntu linux. I would much prefer to switch completely to Linux, rather than have to reboot everytime I need to use a Windows only app. The interruption in workflow really, really adds up.

  • darthyoda6

    I’m starting to learn how to use kUbuntu and would be interested in the Linux version as well.

  • Luke Lee

    I have a mac. but no windows :(

    I always run into problems when I try to install a program that they only make in .exe!!!

  • Albert H

    This is a great software that I would like to have.
    I use Ubuntu all the time, and I sometimes want to use some
    Windows software, but don’t want to lose Ubuntu. I use WINE,
    but WINE isn’t the best yet.

    Crossover let’s me use Photoshop, etc. in Linux. :)

  • Mykey

    Sounds interesting. And considering I have both a Mac Mini & Ubuntu box running worth a try.

  • fredericmartin

    A must have program if one is running either Linux or Mac.

  • Saurabh

    Please Please I want this. To be able to use both Linux and windows apps together I’ve tried both wine on linux and andlinux on windows. I’d kill for this. Okay not literally..

  • dekel

    i bougt my mac last week and i realy need it
    thank you

  • Daniel

    This is a great peice of software, now I hope to move from windows forever

  • David

    Thanks, I’d like to enter for an alternative to Wine on Linux.

  • Paul

    I switched to linux few years ago. You cannot ignore the plenity of features at desktop level, the satisfaction when you’re involved in the community’s projects and the feeling of freedom from this world. But, unfortunately, I’m still stuck in a “dual-boot life” because of few apps glued in the Windows world. Crossover could be a chance to clean up the boot menu keeping a single entry: linux. :)

  • Abu Aufa’s Weblog

    I am linux user, i hope win this contest..

  • Andy Whitt

    Sweet! I could use this to run older software without having to mess with another OS install.

  • James Cain

    Hi there.

    I would love to have a license for Linux. I would gladly promote both your site and Crossover’s via an in-depth review within 30 days of winning / being granted a license.

    Though there is no particular Windows app I feel the need to run on Linux, I do have valid MS Office, Photoshop, and Quicken applications that I would install and try out.

    It is very important that people know about this option for them. The more, the better – and anything I can do to help, I will.

  • Lee

    I have always wanted to try linux but was put off because I thought I would not be able to use all my favourite apps that work on windows. Now crossover may just give me the chance to do that? Hence I would really like a pro license… The website states codeweaver for windows does the following:

    Allows you to run many popular office productivity software applications on Linux, such as Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Project and Visio, graphics applications like Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, and Adobe Photoshop, and many more. Not only that, but CrossOver Linux also allows you to use many Windows Web browser plugins, such as QuickTime and Shockwave, directly on your Linux browser. Runs on many popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell, SUSE, Xandros, Mandriva and others. No Windows Operating System license required; CrossOver is a complete replacement for your Windows OS as far as your applications are concerned. Your Windows Linux compatibility solution!

    In summation a license would rock – I will post this post in the forum (if possible)! Keep up the good work raju and others…

  • Vinod

    I had tried to install some windows apps on a linux machine sometime back and it failed miserably. This would be perfect for me. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Steph

    Very useful to run windows applications under linux.

    I use Mandriva & Ubuntu [Linux]

    I don’t know the name of this software but “Cross Over” is a good choice !

    It’s a great opportunity :)

    Thank you,


  • luisc

    Hi i would like to see if i can win a license for linux, I have been wanting to switch to linux but most of the work i do i use ms office so this will help me to switch over

    thank you

  • yaser

    Thanks for this offer


  • rahul

    pls include me

  • azziz

    simulations can be widely optimized with crossover, thanks for the contest

  • Ubiq

    I’d like to win a license because it would help me to ditch Windows away from my computers so please count me in for the giveaway.


  • Siba

    With codeweavers, I can now consider switch to Mac. I wasn’t so far as I did not want to run a Windows VM within Mac. I use some of windows products (project, visio etc.) a lot.

  • Syafiq

    Let me in… I would like to use this software so that Ubuntu becomes more useful for me~

  • shiue

    I guess my friend love this!

  • Dimitri Z

    Sounds very interesting!

  • Matias S. Aquino

    I would love to give Linux a chance with this software! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • my_immortalize

    Count me in please..

  • louman578

    Best virtualization software…

    I wanna win :)

  • peter

    Hi TechPP
    I use windows every day, and linux (Ubuntu) a couple of times every week.
    Im slowly but surely moving on to Linux, but it is hard to let go, since I use my office 2003. I just learned about CodeWeavers Crossover (thanks to you guys), which enables me to use office 2003 on Linux. Now nothing would hold me back for switching completely. So please count me in for your competition.

    Thanks and merry Christmas to all.

  • Kev93

    I have no idea if this is still open or not but if it is I would like a key.
    Reason: My old licence ran out. :(

  • Leland

    I would love to have this so I could run my Windows software on Linux without the need for a virtual machine. Count me in. Thanks.

  • eddie

    would like to win crossover for linux, thanks

  • Mike

    I want one too! I would love to run all my windows programs on Ubuntu.

  • Uly

    This is useful to save OS licensing cost while still being able to use Windows applications in Linux. Although some applications may not run due to different libraries, it should be able to run majority of Windows applications

  • Devon

    This will be a great application for me to test in a Linux environment to push for our Linux Lab here @ work….

    count me IN….

  • Yaser

    Thanks for this offer.

    Best Regards,
    Yaser Sabbah

  • venkat

    I tried cross over for linux and it works really well. Thanks for the offer.

  • Slipdisc

    I could use a copy of Crossover too.

  • Tina

    Why do I wish to have the Crossover for Mac? It’s really very simple: I have always thought it would be neat to be ambidextrous. Since having a Mac, wonderful though it is, is the technological equivalent of being a Southpaw in this world (it just isn’t made for poor left-handers. There’s no better way for a nation, in my humble opinion, to subtly indicate that it thinks you’re a mutant than to purposefully put drinking fountain handles on the right side. Toilets seem to have caught on to the injustice of the inequality, since their handles are on the left), it’s frustrating to be locked out of downloading/installing many programs b/c they’re only Windows-based. But I terribly digress.

    Since I only have a Mac, I am a “leftie” – I can’t use a lot of the darn programs out there b/c Mac just isn’t as popular (I’ll mercifully spare you the junior high/high school analogies). Should I win a Crossover for Mac, however, well, I would be as equal-opportunity an operating system user as I am someone who gives equal opportunity to any left-handed people I know.



    • Raju

      You are just a bit late for this. Sorry, winners announced 5 minutes back

  • Murugesan

    Thank you for the license! I never thought I would win. You are so grateful

  • Kristian Matthews

    Thank you so much for this license! It is very much appreciated! 😀

  • idip

    wow!!! i have macbook and i love it its really far more better then windows but some games aren’t available for mac so i miss it so much and i was looking for boot camp but when i saw this its like my dream come true!
    oh please please can i have one license!!!

  • venkat

    Thanks Techpp for the license.

    Whoever got the license, go here , enter your license, create an account, download and enjoy.