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Crossover Office To Be Sold In OSX Future


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CodeWeavers has announced that they will provide CrossOver Office for the Mac. This means a great deal for all new and old users of the operating system. Ofcourse this will be for the intel line of apple machines. Now the possiblity of running ppc, linux and windows applications all under one OS is now a reality. Many gamers are hoping for the same to happen with the popular linux application cedega. Cedega is a variation of Wine which allows directx games to run on non windows x86 operating systems.

 

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It strikes me that there is no reason that Rosetta can't be used for X86 -> PPC in addition to the current PPC -> X86.

 

Think about it, Rosetta is really rebranded Transitive QuickTransit. This emulation software works in three components/stages (and forgive my use of the incorrect terms), an "input" module that takes the original machinecode and translates it to intermediate bytecode, the intermediate bytecode, and an "output" module that takes the intermediate bytecode and translates it to native code on the target architechture.

 

Transitives system is called "universal" emulation in that in order to change one of the two architechtures you only need to change one of the modules.

 

Well, Rosetta is using a PPC input module and an x86 output module. Guess what? They also have x86 input modules and PPC output modules.

 

So my point is, there is no reason that Apple can't produce a version of Rosetta to allow G5 macintoshs to run x86 mac code.

 

Once that is done, you could run Crossover Office inside Rosetta to run Windows apps on a G5.

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CodeWeavers has announced that they will provide CrossOver Office for the Mac. This means a great deal for all new and old users of the operating system. Ofcourse this will be for the intel line of apple machines. Now the possiblity of running ppc, linux and windows applications all under one OS is now a reality. Many gamers are hoping for the same to happen with the popular linux application cedega. Cedega is a variation of Wine which allows directx games to run on non windows x86 operating systems.

 

---sportman

You're definitly right about the fact that you will be able to run windows applications. However, wine is FAR from perfect and flawless. Don't get me wrong-wine is very cool and runs a few applications VERY well, but it is not unusual to have to edit configuration files for each game(Including in Cedega). Since you will probably be able to dual boot windows on the same machine, this is what I would suggest, as you get perfect windows compatibility with perfect OSX compatiblity in a nice shiny $500 case that looks sleek :D.

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