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Easily run Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver Linux 8


I was running Windows, and before it came along, MS-DOS, applications on Unix and Linux for ages. It was never especially easy, but experts could do it. With CodeWeavers’ latest CrossOver Linux 8, though, it’s become so easy that anyone should be able to do it.

Now, if all your desktop needs are already being met by Linux applications, you don’t need to worry with Crossover. But, if like many of us, you still want to use Quicken for your banking or you’re stuck with a Web site that refused to work with any Web browser except Internet Explorer, then Crossover Linux 8 is for you.

CrossOver Linux 8 is built on top of the open-source project Wine. This is an implementation of the Windows API (application programming interface) on top of the Unix/Linux operating system family. As far as any given program is concerned, it’s running on Windows so you don’t have to tweak the applicaton itself to run on Linux. Wine is a very active project, with 16 years of development behind it. In other words, this program has been better-tested for Windows compatibility than almost any native Windows operating system.

You can use Wine alone to run Windows programs, but it requires a fair amount of technical expertise. With CrossOver, you don’t need to be an expert.

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