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O'Reilly Network: CrossOver Brings QuickTime Movies to Linux: Part 1

Sep 08, 2001, 18:03 (24 Talkback[s])
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"When I interviewed Jim Graham, CodeWeavers CTO, at LinuxWorld SF, he told me that Apple had provided them with great support during the CrossOver project.

"Not only was Apple helpful with the technology issues," Graham said, "but they even changed the QuickTime license to accommodate CrossOver. The previous license stated that the QuickTime plug-ins could only run on the native platform they were designed for. That wouldn't work for CrossOver because we're using the Windows QT plug-in on the Linux platform. Apple changed the license so we could do that."

A smart move by Apple. The Linux audience continues to grow, but licensing issues often stand in the way of bringing popular proprietary applications from other platforms to the open-source community."

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