CrossOver 13.2: Installing Windows program on Linux just got easier

CrossOver 13.2: Installing Windows program on Linux just got easier

Summary: CodeWeavers latest CrossOver has many improvements, one of which is that it makes it easier than ever to install Windows applications on Linux.


Sometimes, you really need a Windows desktop application, even if you're a die-hard Linux user. For those times, I recommend CodeWeavers' CrossOver. Better still, the latest version makes installing Windows programs on Linux systems easier than ever.

Office running on Mint Linux with CrossOver.
Microsoft Office 2010 running on Linux? Sure, it's easy to do with CodeWeavers' CrossOver.

For those of you who haven't used CrossOver before, it enables you to run some, but not all, Windows programs on both Linux PCs and Macs. The program is based on the open source project Wine, an implementation of the Windows application programming interface (API) on top of the Unix/Linux operating system family. For each application, CrossOver/Wine creates a small Windows virtual container for just that program.

You actually don't need CrossOver to run Windows applications on Linux or a Mac. You can do it with Wine alone — if you know precisely what you're doing. But CrossOver gives you an easy, automated installation of Windows applications, and technical support.

How to install Windows apps on Linux with CrossOver (Gallery)

With this latest version, which is based on Wine 1.6.2, installing Windows programs have just gotten easier still. The company explained:

In the Linux version of CrossOver 13.2.0, we have changed our philosophy about what to install automatically alongside CrossOver. In the past, CrossOver sought to have the smallest possible footprint by depending only on packages which were absolutely necessary for CrossOver to run. Many times, this meant that our Linux users were forced to install additional packages to get Windows applications running. With CrossOver 13.2.0, we have made the CrossOver Linux packages depend on many of the most common packages which Windows applications need. Linux users can install CrossOver 13.2.0 and Windows applications more easily than ever before.

CodeWeavers is right. In my testing of CrossOver 13.2 on my main Linux Mint 17 desktop, I found installing Windows programs such as Office 2010 much faster and simpler.

In addition, according to the company, "For both Mac and Linux, CrossOver 13.2.0 includes stability improvements for games running with Performance Enhanced Graphics. Problems installing Adobe Acrobat have been resolved, as has a bug registering CrossOver for users with non-Latin characters in their user-names."

As always, CrossOver can't run all Windows programs. To check on what runs well and what doesn't, check out the CrossOver Windows app compatibility list.

If you need full Windows support on your Mac, CodeWeavers recommends you run Windows as a virtual machine (VM) using Parallels Desktop. To run a full Windows desktop on top of Linux, I prefer Oracle's VirtualBox VM software. In both cases, however, you'll need to own a Windows license.

If you're running CrossOver on a Mac and you have an active support contract, you'll be upgraded to CrossOver 13.2 the next time you launch the program. Linux users can download the latest version from the CodeWeavers site.

If you don't own CrossOver, you can try a full free version for Linux or Mac for 14 days. If it works for you, you can buy a license for $59.95 and turn your trial version into the full thing. I've used this program for over a decade now, usually to run Intuit Quicken, and I've found it to be reliable and helpful. If you have a Windows program you just can't give up, you may find it useful too.

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Topics: Virtualization, Apple, Enterprise Software, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, PCs, Windows

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  • Let me see your license info for that copy of Office

    Please click the File tab and click Help. You don't look like the type of persons who would willing buy a Microsoft product. Thanks for proving though that Libre Office is crap.
    • Re: Thanks for proving though that Libre Office is crap.

      And how did he prove that?
    • Maybe read the article first.

      SVJN tested installation of Office 2010 under Crossover. Nowhere does he say he prefers it over LibreOffice, or anything else about his office suite preferences.

      In other words, your post is irrelevant.
      • He has a well written document in Word 2010

        So obviously he is using it.
        • Have used only one Windows-only-application since 2008...

          ... and that's why i still wonder who cares a crap about Redmond in 2014... World is moving to mobiles and Linux and Microsoft ecosystem is waning.
          • I've been clean for ten years now

            I gave up Microsoft products in 2004 and have been clean for 10 years! I've never been tempted to return to my old ways and again become a user and I've saved considerable money by staying away from XP->Vista->Win7->Win8 and Office 2003->2007->2010->2013 upgrades.

            The pain of it all is just a distant, and dark memory.
            Claude J Greengrass
          • Sounds like you are doing nothing with your PC

            If you actually had work to do, you wouldn't say that. You probably only type love letters to yourself in Libre Office.
          • Not quite

            I do have a Windows PC which I *could* theoretically work with, but after trying to complete my actual workflow in Windows I found it was even less efficient than the Unity-laden Ubuntu desktop I was fleeing from. (Swapping to Debian has since resolved that problem, by the way.)

            Much of my software simply doesn't work in Windows, or needs to be installed manually by placing the appropriate files in the appropriate places in a Cygwin install; the applications which people bother to port to Windows are usually several years behind, and perform far worse than they would on my Linux machine. Rarely do competent Windows alternatives exist; even for *text editing* I can't find anything on Windows which competes with the humble GNOME-default gedit in both feature set and design.

            (As for Office suites, I personally avoid the WYSIWYG paradigm entirely. I'd rather get quality rather than simply what I "see," and LaTeX is substantially more useful to that end.)

            Mind you, I can understand why *some people* would prefer Windows (I myself have a gaming machine running Windows, after all), but frankly, Linux has made my own life so much easier that I could not honestly recommend Windows to anyone in my field.
          • Be specific about work flow

            What is so spectacularly special about your work flow under Linux versus Windows? As for me personally, my work flow seems to work well in Windows, I store my files in OneDrive, access them anytime, whether at work or home. I can quickly find my files using instant search without even leaving the program I am in. Search in Linux is still considered to be its weakest point. Also, Word remains a robust word processor that gets the job done, makes it easy manipulate, edit documents without being an expert. You are in the minority as far satisfaction with alternatives.
          • just shows

            that you've not used libreoffice
    • @adacosta38, you've reached a new low at ZDNet

      Accusing SJVN of being a software pirate. CrossOver itself requires a license.

      "you can buy a [CrossOver] license for $59.95".

      P.S. I very rarely flag posters at ZDNet, but you just got one.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • 14 day trial

        I guess you missed that part. Office 2010 on the other hand is no longer provided as a trial by MS.
        • And nothing prevents him from already having a licensed copy.

          Or one provided by work...

          Thus it wouldn't matter if one is or is not provided as a trial.
          • Thats his home PC

            ZDNet doesn't allow Linux clients on its network.
          • That still doesn't prevent it from being provided by work

            Bit of an idiot?

            Even I was given a copy of Office once as it was "standard" for employees to have a copy. It didn't matter that the PC wasn't running Windows.

            Also you ignore the possibility that since he reviews software that his business is SOHO, and gets paid from delivering reviews. And that is still a business.
          • Whats your problem

            It takes an idiot to know an idiot. You are so infatuated with protecting the thought that Steven is a human and he doesn't do piratebay like other persons. Also, if its volume license, it will be at the discretion of the IT department whether they provide a license to the end user or not. The IT department could easily recognize he is a Linux user and choose not to provide him with a license because it would be a waste. Steven will feel bad about that and choose to pirate it instead.
          • I haven't looked into it.

            But I really wonder if the office license itself allows such use?
          • Nothing in the EULA says so

            Reading the EULA, nothing in it says that it is required that it must be run on Windows. Then again, it said you must not decompile or reverse engineer any code.

            • work around any technical limitations in the software;
            • reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software, except and only to the extent that applicable law expressly permits, despite this limitation;
          • So,

            If you are not allowed to "work around any technical limitations of the software", then how are any of the extensions to Office products legal? Aren't those extensions you can buy made to work around the technical limitations of Office?
          • So you agree there is nothing wrong

            And your allegations/implications are just lies.