CodeWeavers has released version 12.1 of CrossOver, an open source project for running native Windows applications on Linux. Highlights of this release include stability improvements for Guild Wars 2 on Linux and better support for Quicken and Microsoft Office.
The CrossOver software enables you to install and run native Microsoft Windows operating system programs and software packages on Linux. That is, you can use the same software you use on your MS Windows computer on Linux, often with better performance, which saves you the expensive and time consuming processes related to the licensing of MS Windows operating systems.
Since CrossOver XI (eleven) CrossOver Games and the basic CrossOver software that supports productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office, are combined, so that you can play most popular Windows games in addition to any business software you may use.
There is an officially supported set of Windows programs that can be installed using Crossover. However, there are many other Windows programs that can be installed, sometimes requiring a few tricks. Codeweavers has set up an online compatibility database where CrossOver can download recipes for installing a particular program, and users can upload recipes if they figured out how to install a program.
CrossOver is a product developed by CodeWeavers and is based on the open source software Wine, which makes it possible to run native MS Windows applications on Linux through a compatibility layer.
CodeWeavers contributes to the development of the freely available Wine software and offers CrossOver Linux 12 for $59.95 as a tool for easy setup. The Windows games and applications themselves and their licenses have to be provided by the user.