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Lame Duck Challenge Ends With Free Codeweavers Software For All

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the well-that-didn't-end-as-planned dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 433

gzipped_tar writes to tell us that The Codeweavers "Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge" has ended in surprise and free software all day Tuesday (October 28, 2008) at the Codeweavers site. A while back Codeweavers gave President Bush a challenge to meet one of several goals before he left office. One of these goals was to lower gas prices in the Twin Cities below $2.79 a gallon, which has since transpired. "How was I to know that President Bush would take my challenge so seriously? And, give the man credit, I didn't think there was *any* way he could pull it off. But engineering a total market meltdown - wow - that was pure genius. I clearly underestimated the man. I'm ashamed that I goaded him into this and take full responsibility for the collapse of any savings you might have. Please accept our free software as my way of apologizing for the global calamity we now find ourselves embroiled in."

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433 comments

And the web site was already slow this morning... (5, Insightful)

mbone (558574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539279)

I think that this was a good marketing ploy. I hope their servers can stand the strain.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (2, Informative)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539285)

I think that this was a good marketing ploy. I hope their servers can stand the strain.

They went to a low-bandwidth version to alleviate some of it.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (1)

jmikelittle (1246304) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539307)

Site's down for me currently, any info on this low-bandwidth page?

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (2, Informative)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539323)

It was down.codeweavers.com [codeweavers.com] .

And of course, it's down.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (1, Interesting)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540023)

And people claim they the internet can "replace" broadcast television for the distribution of HD videos. Yeah. Right. ABC.com, CBS.com, or NBC.com would need 600,000 gigabit of bandwidth to serve their average 30 million viewers each night..... this codeweaver.com site can't even handle a few downloads of software.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (1)

TAiNiUM (66843) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539697)

And that tactic seems to be serving them well. I was able to visit their site and finish a download.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (5, Funny)

volxdragon (1297215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539299)

Slow??!? It's dead Jim.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (1)

manolete (413161) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539303)

I hope their servers can stand the strain.

They obviously can't.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (5, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539313)

It's not slashdotted; they just turned the servers off until tomorrow.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (1)

twistedcubic (577194) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539317)

Coincidentally, I got up early today, at 4:30AM Pacific time. Still too late.

Slashvertisement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539715)

It's obvious these guys trolled the tech growd, including the slashdot editors hard with this bit. Instead of just offering their product, they dressed it up with a "challenge" so it would get more press.
They used a lame and cheap anti-Bush ploy to push their software, and the editors fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

Re:Slashvertisement (5, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539757)

Hey, it worked on me.
a) Good software.
b) For free.
c) Because Bush is an idiot.

That's three for three, Jim.

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539845)

slashdotted...

Re:And the web site was already slow this morning. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539849)

...and we Slashdot users have obligingly given them a DDOS...

Mmmmminesota (0, Offtopic)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539281)

I am hearing it is very frosty when you are psing there!

Before I hit their site (-1, Troll)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539311)

Before I hit the codeweavers web site, and possibly generate some undeserved ad revenue for them, can someone explain to me what codeweavers is and what software they make/sell?

I'd go to their web site to find out but like I mentioned, I don't want to give them ad revenue if they're just lamely pulling off a marketing ploy, with Slashdot acting as a typically willing partner in the charade ...

Re:Before I hit their site (5, Informative)

twistedcubic (577194) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539337)

Codeweavers is a respectable business. They sell a customized version of Wine which is tuned to run popular proprietary software (MS Office, Adobe stuff, etc...).

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539347)

Codeweavers is a respectable business. They sell a customized version of Wine which is tuned to run popular proprietary software (MS Office, Adobe stuff, etc...).

Furthermore, see: wikipedia [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Before I hit their site (5, Informative)

TAiNiUM (66843) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539607)

They also employ the WINE maintainer and ensure that their code is implemented up the tree.

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539345)

"Before I hit the codeweavers web site, and possibly generate some undeserved ad revenue for them, can someone explain to me what codeweavers is and what software they make/sell?"

Basically it is a commercial version of Wine. Wine tries to implement the Windows API on linux in case you didn't know. I personally never felt the need to buy or obtain Codeweavers since Wine currently does what it needs to do for me and in order for me to totally switch to linux I need more than both Codeweavers and Wine can offer.

If you have a linux box I'd say gice it a chance. I mean, what could possible go wrong(don't think about this)?

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539847)

Not only that, but crossover is the easiest way to get wine on a mac.

Re:Before I hit their site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539355)

Basically it's "wine with support" and remember Wine is not an Emulator.

Re:Before I hit their site (4, Interesting)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539361)


Codeweavers are nice. They do the cross-over office product which is built on WINE but smooths out any install issues amongst other things and they're a really friendly company (when my trial product expired, it told me a joke about men in black coming to inspect my PC). I think they contribute a fair bit back as well. And I don't mind the odd marketing ploy if it's as amusing as this one sounds. Sadly can't tell as I can't get onto the site, either.

Re:Before I hit their site (3, Informative)

carou (88501) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539379)

Their main product is CrossOver - an easy-to-use installer and front-end for WINE (they also do a lot of the development on the WINE library itself and feed those updates back into the Open Source codebase).

Since I can't reach the site, I've no idea if this is the product they're actually giving away...

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

redxxx (1194349) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539553)

They are giving away Crossover Pro for OSX or Linux.

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539869)

Well... they were.

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539573)

It is. They have also massively simplified their site temporarily to withstand the Slashdot and Digg assault. It's more responsive than their normal site at the moment :P

Re:Before I hit their site (1)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539935)

It is. They have also massively simplified their site temporarily to withstand the Slashdot and Digg assault. It's more responsive than their normal site at the moment :P

And...
It's down again.

Re:Before I hit their site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539399)

It's further along than WINE on some things, but that's only because they integrate some code not deemed ready to land in upstream wine yet; it's done by a lot of the same people and in a friendly-derivative rather than evil-fork manner.

For gaming, particularly, many things runs a lot more glitch-free under Crossover Games than wine. You don't need to do all the small tweaks usually required to get World of Warcraft running, for example -- it just runs out of the box.

And buying a license is a useful way to contribute to wine development.

Re:Before I hit their site (3, Insightful)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539447)

They create software that allows Windows apps to run on Linux. Totally awesome. And it's just as well if you don't visit their site, which is being thrashed pretty hard. I mean, if you don't know what CodeWeavers do, you probably don't need to download their software.

Re:Before I hit their site (3, Informative)

Keyper7 (1160079) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539453)

Like said by previous posts, CodeWeavers is basically a company focused on Wine development. As far as I know, they frequently send their patches to the Wine project to the point of being considered major contributors.

If I remember correctly, those are the guys Google payed to improve Wine support for Photoshop CS2 and who also released the first Wine-compatible version of Google Chrome.

Re:Before I hit their site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539995)

If I remember correctly, those are the guys Google payed to improve Wine support for Photoshop CS2 and who also released the first Wine-compatible version of Google Chrome.

You don't remember correctly. It was Disney who helped defray some of the costs for Photoshop support. And Codeweavers did sort out a few versions of Google Chrome, but it was with no help from Google (aside from them making the source available).

News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539319)

Anyone? Anyone?

I have enough politics when I'm at the office... the least Slashdot could do would be to give us IT slaves a haven from all of this crap...

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539489)

No kidding!

Hey, maybe we could ask the Messiah, Lord Barry the Merciful, to resurrect the Codeweaver servers.

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (4, Insightful)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539507)

Who cares why you're getting free Crossover, you're getting free Crossover! I can't wait to get my free Crossover!

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539775)

Sorry, FREE WINE beats free beer.

Gotta love slash. Whn you're not busy talking about how totally awesome open source is, you're creaming your pants over non-FREE variants of it (OS X, Codeweavers).

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539627)

Mod this up.. No wonder this site is circling down the drain. Can the editors even really explain how this story fits into the nerd news genre? It's nothing but a political attack with no news value at all.

It's pathetic when the editors use the site as a political soapbox. This is why sites like this, and digg are going down the toilet.

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (2, Insightful)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539725)

Um...free software...who cares why? It could be to celebrate terrorism for all I care. Probably be a less effective marketing ploy though.

*trips over own legs rushing to surrender liberties at mention of the T word*

Re:News for nerds? Stuff that matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25540057)

Are you suggesting that politics doesn't matter to nerds? It... kinda does. Even for the ones not in the US, what with the US president having some manner of influencing foreign policy. Oh, and then there's the whole "releasing some nice software for free" part, which naturally matters a bit to nerds.

So there you have it. Politics matter. This story involves some "news" that is specifically applicable to "nerds". I also hear that if you make an account you can even influence which pages you see when you visit the main page, by some sort of "category" system. You should consider looking into that if you for some reason disagree that politics matter.

Codeweavers Crossover is great! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539341)

It's further along than WINE on some things, but that's only because they integrate some code not deemed ready to land in upstream wine yet; it's done by a lot of the same people and in a friendly-derivative rather than evil-fork manner.

Re:Codeweavers Crossover is great! (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540059)

...rather than evil-fork manner.

See also: Transgaming [wikipedia.org] .

Price controls (-1)

homer_s (799572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539349)

How was I to know that President Bush would take my challenge so seriously? And, give the man credit, I didn't think there was *any* way he could pull it off.

So these guys seriously thought that the President of the country has control over gas prices? Maybe they thought they were in Soviet Russia.

Irony deficiency (4, Funny)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539479)

I am afraid you have failed the humorous irony detection test. As you leave Slashdot by the back entrance, please hand in your geek cred card and your Futurama and Simpsons DVDs.

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539563)

Hand in your geek card. Futurama and simpsons are too mainstream to be geek.

Drop off your The Tick and Firefly DVD's.

Re:Irony deficiency (2, Funny)

stormguard2099 (1177733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539741)

No, real geeks brag about watching failed pilots, just to make sure there's no chance of the show ever going mainstream

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

melikamp (631205) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539745)

You know what is more mainstream than Futurama? DVDs. Both of you should be ashamed. On your way out, please hand in passwords for your very low Slashdot IDs.

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

saider (177166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539835)

Perhaps we should have levels of geek.
Level 1 - Futurama and Simpsons
Level 10 - The Tick and Firefly
Level 11 - Red Dwarf and your Heinlein books.

Anyone applying for level 2 clearance is taken out back and cwucified.

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540073)

What level does Earth: Final Conflict [wikipedia.org] fit in?

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

tsm_sf (545316) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539873)

Drop off your The Tick and Firefly DVD's.

That sounds like a job for Bipolar Bear!

... but I just can't get out of bed this month.

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

Salgak1 (20136) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540033)

REAL geeks are currently watching "No Heroics" [itv.com] . . .

Re:Irony deficiency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539609)

Dude! Don't diss the Ron Paul electorate!

Re:Irony deficiency (1)

homer_s (799572) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539621)

Nah, like any good slashdotter, I just refuse to read the TFA.

Re:Price controls (0, Offtopic)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539735)

Naah, in Soviet America Iowa has price control over corn. China's market is freer than ours these days, and they /claim/ to be socialist.

Re:Price controls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25540013)

Well they're obviously going to vote for Obama... so maybe they do?

For Those That Don't Know... (-1, Redundant)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539359)

Because the site is down, CodeWeavers specializes in products for Cross-Platform software. Like an office suite that works on Linux, Windows and Mac. Or Mac/Linux support for Windows game without rebooting/virtual machining. Basically they serve as one of the various tools out there for running "windows only" software on other operating systems.

Retards (-1, Flamebait)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539367)

What kind of retard thinks that one of the responsibilities of the president of the United States is to control the price of gasoline?

And, what kind of retard actually believes that it's a good thing for the government to try to artificially alter the price of a commodity like gasoline, probably the commodity with the most negative impact on the environment and the world in general, rather than letting market forces dictate the price?

If the price of gas is such a big deal for you, I would like to humbly suggest that you cancel your cable TV service, thereby recovering all of the money that higher gas prices are costing you, and instead read some books. And if you don't already subscribe to cable TV, well then ... think of some other frivolous expense that you can cut out. It is a very, very rare person who can't easily find some small sacrifice of modern excess to make to compensate for high gas prices.

Check the page source. (1)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539417)

If you look, you'll notice the liberal use of tags used throughout their web page.

Re:Retards (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539427)

And, what kind of retard actually believes that it's a good thing for the government to try to artificially alter the price of a commodity like gasoline, probably the commodity with the most negative impact on the environment and the world in general, rather than letting market forces dictate the price?

I believe.

Re:Retards (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539431)

What kind of retard can't see the joking humor in what the Codeweavers folks are saying?

It's obviously a marketing ploy to get a whole hell of a lot of people to try their software.

Re:Retards (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539439)

How about instead of doing some worthless token thing like getting rid of Cable TV, your Sirius subscription or canceling your lifetime subscription to hustler you suggest a REAL alternative?

Buy a bike, ride to work. It's free and also allows you to get rid of that Health club membership you never use. Sell your escalade XLT and buy a smartcar or other high MPG non hybrid car? Quit being a whiney baby and use public transportation?

Finally sell your 3800sq foot McMansion and all your useless crap and move your family into a 680 sq foot apartment/condo. Only the incredibly stupid need 3800SQ feet and all that useless shit.

Basically fellow americans... hate your gas prices? Quit being douchebags!

Re:Retards (1)

DarkSarin (651985) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539875)

680 sq ft? What?

Seriously...that's fine. If you live alone OR it's just you and the SO. And maybe one kid. But if you are looking at a larger family (er, let's try 4 kids), then that kind of space just isn't going to cut it in terms of psychological health. Then there's the family I know with 7 (8?) kids (I've lost track). You seriously want them to move into a smaller house? Not a chance. They need that kind of space. And acreage. It's actually greener/more sustainable for that size of a family to have acreage and work some land (as in GROW some freaking vegetables and have some chickens/cows/goats) than to live in a freaking apartment in the middle of an urban concrete mass.

You can argue that a lifestyle choice about not having a larger family is more sustainable, but I don't know that it's ethical to make that call for another person. I've talked to some people from China recently about their feelings regarding the one-child policy, and they felt that it was detrimental to the country in some ways (and certainly to the children involved). That said, they also felt that it may have still been the right decision for the country as a whole in terms of reducing poverty overall and modernizing the country. Does that make it ethical? I'm not sure it does.

It certainly doesn't give soemone in this country the right to say 'you are an idiot for having a large family and living in an appropriately sized home for that family'.

Re:Retards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539483)

What kind of retard doesn't know that the economic policies of the ruling administration have an effect on the economic health of the country?

No one was asking for Bush to do any price controlling. They were asking for a better run country in which all of our economic indicators weren't going to shit, thus resulting in constantly rising prices for things like gas.

Retard.

Obviously missed the point... (4, Interesting)

Junta (36770) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539497)

On one hand, it blames the unreasonably high fuel prices on the administrations leadership. On the other hand, it also gets to bring up the recent market collapse, which the writer also likely attributes in part to the administration's leadership. It's not intended to say his job is to manipulate prices, it's intended to highlight the bad circumstances leading for a need for prices to come down, and the very negative context for it actually coming down.

Of course, it does seem interestingly strange that the gas prices have dropped so rapidly so close to election, moreso than other expenses. I know the market collapse was the last thing the currently in office politicians want, but one wonders if the market had held out, would we have, for some other 'inexplicable' reason, seen gas prices drop before election day?

Re:Obviously missed the point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539559)

Oil's gone from the 140's to the 60's per barrel. yes I kow it's the futures price but still.

Re:Obviously missed the point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539817)

If you think it's so "interestingly strange" gas prices drop before elections, you obviously don't have much of a clue about these things.
Here's a lesson: Gas prices rise in the Summer, and drop in the Fall. Elections happen every fall. This is not new, interesting or strange.
If you think the global oil markets can be manipulated so dramatically by some people for the benefit of US politicians, you should get some more tinfoil.

Re:Obviously missed the point... (1)

jjackalb (574662) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539831)

Gas prices always drop in the fall.

Re:Retards (5, Insightful)

clifyt (11768) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539687)

"What kind of retard thinks that one of the responsibilities of the president of the United States is to control the price of gasoline?"

The kind that is smarter than you?

The President of the US is supposed to make policy that positively impacts the economy, who doesn't have the dollar drop lower and lower every stupid mistake he makes and doesn't squander a sound financial market with instability by overextending our reach into areas of the world that have no effect on us. Doing almost exactly the opposite of what this idiot has done would have strengthened the dollar...gas prices might actually have gone up, but a strong dollar would have meant that we are paying less for what the rest of the world is paying more.

A good president is a figurehead...not a wannabe dictator. One that inspires markets and not one that destabilizes them. A good president doesn't need to actively do anything to the markets...he leads with sound policy and the markets react accordingly.

Personally, high gas prices affected me a little, but as you said, you make choices in what is important. Cable TV was less important than being able to travel (and in this time, I discovered Hulu which I formerly thought sucked...much cheaper than cable!) So many ways to live differently in this economy...but it still means we have to make choices we didn't a few years ago.

Re:Retards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539833)

The President of the US is supposed to make policy that positively impacts the economy, who doesn't have the dollar drop lower and lower every stupid mistake he makes [...] Doing almost exactly the opposite of what this idiot has done would have strengthened the dollar...gas prices might actually have gone up, but a strong dollar would have meant that we are paying less for what the rest of the world is paying more.

Well, by that standard, President Bush is a freaking genius. Where I am (Sweden), the dollar has gotten over 30% stronger versus the local currency since the beginning of August (6.00 SEK/USD to 7.95 SEK/USD).

Of course, that may well be due to other, more complicated reasons, some of which involve US policy and some of which do not, but hey -- why let facts get in the way when you want to bash the President?

/CF

Re:Retards (4, Insightful)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539973)

So you don't think the few hundred people running congress into the ground have anything to with our current situation? The actions of the president did not destabilize the markets. The actions of people - regular citizens, loan officers, accountants, etc. - are responsible to a far greater degree.

Re:Retards (1)

biffkiff (1228586) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539703)

How is it you are replying to this post? I guess you are running a computer with a modem connection (cable modem perhaps?), instead of reading a book. And seriously, gas is the most negative thing on earth? Stop hugging trees and come back to the real world.

Re:Retards (4, Insightful)

the_womble (580291) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539863)

What kind of retard thinks that one of the responsibilities of the president of the United States is to control the price of gasoline?

What kind of retard cannot recognise a joke?

Re:Retards (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539923)

I have a friend who's always bitching about President Bush. "Bush did this...Bush did that...etc" two weeks ago when gas dropped nearly $.50 in the course of a weekend, I interrupted my friend's bitching to ask "Does Bush get the credit for dropping gas prices?"

Of course, he did not.

How does a President take the blame for all of the bad things that happen on his watch (9-11, gas prices, subprime mortgages) but can't take credit for any of the good things (Removal of Saddam, gas prices, abortion numbers at 34 year low)?

LK

Smart move. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539369)

I have had my eyes on codeweavers for a long time but never gotten to it to try it out. I suspect many others will try it for the first time.

If it works well for the tire kickers who are thinking about jumping off the Windows wagon this stunt can lead to many new accounts.

Number 5 will never be met since Bin Laden is nothing more than a ghost thats needed for the US to be able to have constant wartime legal status. A better goal would be to find out why every muslim hate the US. Hint, Israel, foreign politics, selling chemical weapons to dictators, toppling democratic leaders and killing innocent people tend to get people on the receiving end mad.

No longer just for today (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539387)

I just managed to get my code (though didn't yet succeed in getting the registration page to load), and the email said:

To get your free software, simply enter the code above at the following URL:
http://register.codeweavers.com/ [codeweavers.com]
Once you've done that, you will be able to log into your account on CodeWeavers' web site, and download your product.
*Alert* This serial code will have a short shelf life. The original plan was that it would be valid only today. But the response has been overwhelming for our server, so that site is not working.
Given that, we intend to honor the serial codes through the end of October, with the hope that our server will get time to recover.
Please try the registration again tomorrow. We will be putting direct download links to the full version live on our site shortly, please check our main page to get a full download.
Limit 1 copy per customer. Download only.

It's freeware, not real free software (0)

H4x0r Jim Duggan (757476) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539393)

You can download this proprietary software at no cost, but it's not free software [fsfeurope.org] (free as in freedom).

No one can see what it's doing, and no one can make changes, and no one can publish modified versions if there's any problem that users would like to see changed.

Re:It's freeware, not real free software (4, Insightful)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539411)

Well, crossover lets you run a non free runtime ontop of your free os and use it to run windows programs (free or otherwise)...
The alternative, is using a non free os and a non free runtime, so it's a small step forwards if nothing else.

Re:It's freeware, not real free software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539443)

Somebody call a Waaaaaaambulance.

Re:It's freeware, not real free software (2, Informative)

gparent (1242548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539459)

So you mean it was not free software, but rather software that was free? Got it.

P.S.: We knew that. Nobody's gonna append (Free as in beer) or (Free as in freedom) whenever they talk about something being free.

Re:It's freeware, not real free software (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539615)

That's why "Libre" or "Gratis" should be used.

Re:It's freeware, not real free software (1, Redundant)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539515)

Codeweavers is just wine with some custom installer apps hooked into it. All codeweavers library fixes are backported into the main wine tree.

Codeweavers is the main source of funding for all wine development, they are big supporters of free software. At the end of the day however, something has to pay the bills.

The lame duck offering is fork tender. (1)

elendrum (800687) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539415)

And not unlike their servers, some one stick a fork in that thing, I think its done. I have been wanting to tryout their service for some time. I have used wine in the past for a fair amount of success. If this works out as much as I hope I may have to pay for a subscription when this free one ends. Which may be the purpose of whole free offering in the first place. But, what the hell, even if there is a hook on the line it will be nice to support the ability to play Micro $aft games on my linux box.

Implied Conversation (5, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539491)

Bush: Hank, we still need to get gas down below $2.79. The economies are tough. What can we do?
Palson: Mr. President, I'm with you on this. As you know, we are having severe margin calls with some of the investment banks. Rather than save a Wall Street's CEO's ass like we did with Bear Stearns and AIG we could just let them fry in the hot sun. The public hates them anyway. Let's see, overnight accounting data shows that Lehman Brothers is close to the edge. I won't do anything and let them slip into the beyond.
Bush: Hank, I knew I got the right man for the job. Bit what does this do with oil?
Paulson: This will be a real kick in the pants to the arabs. The commodities bubble will deflate like the Hindenburg. They won't be able to give the stuff away. All this "peak oil" talk will be shown for the scam that it is
Bush: Sounds great Hank. What could go wrong?
Paulson: Nothing really. A week later everyone will forget Lehman Brothers even existed.

Re:Implied Conversation (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539577)

A week later everyone will forget Lehman Brothers even existed.

I did until you reminded me.

Surely it should be.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539549)

I clearly misunderestimated the man.

Their Mac Version is Intel only (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539551)

Just in case someone (like me) got interested in upgrading its PPC-iBook into an oldschool gaming machine. Won't work :-(

Re:Their Mac Version is Intel only (1)

repvik (96666) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539701)

Wine Is Not an Emulator

Libs are stupid (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539569)

Doesn't this kinda help clue-in some of you idiots that the president has an extremely nominal factor in the economy?
Whatever, not like i'd pay for their crappy software anyway.

slashdotted? yeah, right (2, Interesting)

myxiplx (906307) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539655)

I just downloaded the crossover-pro and crossover-games packages at over 600Kb/s each. Whoever's running those servers knows how to handle their traffic.

Re:slashdotted? yeah, right (2, Informative)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539705)

Downloading works ok. It's the free serial number that gives problems.

"Unable to find available serial number! Please go back and try your request again in a few minutes while the system generates more."

Re:slashdotted? yeah, right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25539993)

I could get a free serial number , but cant download ...

Wanna trade? ;)

Re:slashdotted? yeah, right (2, Informative)

mdmkolbe (944892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539815)

The serial number sign up is slashdotted even though the downloads come down just fine. The script keeps giving an error about being unable to get more serial numbers or it times out or resets. They know how to handle the bandwidth, but the GCI requests are killing them.

Since they are giving away the unlocked versions, I guess you only need a serial number if you want support.

Re:slashdotted? yeah, right (1)

powerslave12r (1389937) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539839)

I got mine at 600+Kb/s each too.

Tired of hearing this (1)

pdusen (1146399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539749)

This guy gives President Bush way too much credit. The global calamity is the product of the combined stupidity of millions of people, not just that of President Bush.

Re:Tired of hearing this (0, Troll)

Boaz17 (1318183) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539927)

right all those millions stupid Americans who voted for him (and again). Once voted it was a sure thing. Free Life Boaz

Re:Tired of hearing this (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539951)

amen to that. This calamity has been way more than a decade in the making and was created by mass-hysteria among millions. There are definitely other people who had far more to do with it than Bush, and had this idiot been paying one iota of attention back in the 2003-2005 time frame, he'd realize that certain people tried to do something about the impending doom of the housing market, but other people fought them tooth and nail every step of the way.

Not naming names, of course, but it's pretty easy to find out.

Go figure (4, Funny)

emandres (857332) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539785)

Who would have thought? "Free Software" in a Slashdot title, and all of a sudden codeweavers isn't responding.

They outdid themselves! (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539791)

I live in the Twin Cities and saw gas for $2.15 this morning! It hasn't been $2.79 in over a month, well, granted I live in the south metro area so maybe it is taking a little longer to propagate down up there.

Huh? and Site Down... (2, Interesting)

neowolf (173735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25539957)

This will probably kill my Karma, but...

It amazes me how many people get personally offended and go on flaming rampages every time Bush is labeled a scapegoat. Yet at the same time- these very same people likely (and rabidly) supported Bush's government while we were going to war against other scapegoats for other countries. How very hypocritical.

That said- Codeweavers is an excellent company that has done a lot to push Linux into the mainstream. Unfortunately it seems this marketing move of theirs has backfired- and their server isn't just slow, but completely down.

SN Registration Extended (3, Informative)

wbav (223901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540025)

According to the e-mail I just got:

*Alert* This serial code will have a short shelf life. The original plan was that it would be valid only today. But the response has been overwhelming for our server, so that site is not working.

Given that, we intend to honor the serial codes through the end of October, with the hope that our server will get time to recover.

Please try the registration again tomorrow. We will be putting direct download links to the full version live on our site shortly, please check our main page to get a full download.

Limit 1 copy per customer. Download only.

What a joke (3, Insightful)

the computer guy nex (916959) | more than 5 years ago | (#25540069)

Unless GWB was in the office of every bank in America that gave a mortgage to someone who could not afford it, don't blame him. The President really has little effect on an overall economy. Most of us work for CEOs who have much more impact.

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