"Xandros is incorporating customized versions of CodeWeavers'
CrossOver Office and CrossOver Plugin solutions into its
long-awaited Linux distribution, slated for release around the end
of October. This 'CrossOver for Xandros' package allows users to
easily install and use critical office programs--most notably
Microsoft Office--directly under Linux, without the need to
purchase a Microsoft Windows license.
"To get a take on what this alliance means for the future of the
Linux desktop, ConsultingTimes contacted Jeremy White, CodeWeavers'
founder and CEO. What resulted was a fascinating and wide-ranging
discussion on a number of questions, including 'What will Microsoft
do to retaliate?'
"CT: What is the significance of your
forthcoming Xandros announcement?
"JW: It really marks the start of the first
Windows-compatible Linux operating system. What that marks to me is
the start of a time when consumers have choice--where there is real
competition in the marketplace. Right now--all Linux religious
zealotry aside--folks are pretty much forced into buying Windows.
They have to--their kids games won't run unless it's Windows. So
what we're seeing is what I feel is the beginning of the
revolution. The beginning of the cracking of that ninety-five
percent market share..."