"CodeWeavers Inc has released a major new version of
its Wine based CrossOver tool, which is designed to make it
possible to run Windows applications and games on both Mac and
Linux platforms. CrossOver Impersonator Edition boasts a brand new
CrossTie feature, which enables users to install hundreds of
Windows applications with a single click. It also incorporates over
4,500 patches that went into the latest release of Wine (1.3.9),
and replaces all previous versions.
"CrossOver is based on the open-source Wine software which
CodeWeavers contributes a massive amount of code to. Wine works by
isolating programs in bottles, each complete with its own C drive
(including all sub-directories), Windows Registry, Wine settings
and of course all the application files. Separate bottles can be
created to isolate programs from each other or for setting up
different versions of Windows for compatibility purposes. CrossOver
Impersonator provides a more user-friendly front end and support,
albeit in return for a commercial fee.
"Previous versions of CrossOver as well as Wine itself require
the user to manually configure a bottle and then install the
software within that; CrossTie technology now makes it an easy
process: after first launching the program will connect to the
CrossWeavers application compatibility database and provide a list
of supported software."