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NewsForge: CrossOver Office 3.0.1 Review

Aug 19, 2004, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"What do you do when you need to use Windows programs in GNU/Linux? You could look for free software alternatives to those programs, but in some cases--such as with Macromedia's proprietary Flash MX Web development environment--there is no suitable replacement in GNU/Linux. That's where CrossOver Office by CodeWeavers comes in; using this software you can run a number of Windows programs in GNU/Linux without any loss in performance or stability. Too bad it's under a restrictive proprietary license.

"Certainly if you've just switched to GNU/Linux, your first option should be to look for a free software program that will do what you need. Probably the most requested applications I've seen on message forums are Macromedia's Dreamweaver and Flash development tools, which don't yet have free software clones or native GNU/Linux editions as of this writing. You can hand-code your HTML and CSS files through editors like Bluefish and Quanta+, but they don't offer the WYSIWYG mode that Dreamweaver is known for, and there's simply no replacement for Macromedia Flash if you want to create rich content for the Web. So you either go without, or you find a way to run these programs on your new operating system through a virtual machine, emulator, or something similar.

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