CrossOver Mac Professional is a Windows-to-Macintosh compatibility virtualization software tool that allows unsupported Windows application programs and games to run on Mac OS X system platform without having to install (and hence not require to buy a full license) Windows operating system on a virtual machine or by dual-booting. CrossOver Linux Professional is the similar product for Linux operating system.
Both products is developed by CodeWeavers, and normally sells for $69.95 for a copy of license with serial number key, but for today (Tuesday, October 28, 2008) only, fully working, fully activated and fully supported CrossOver Mac Pro and CrossOver Linux Professional is available for free download complete with legitimate serial key number and support, thanks to Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge, where one of the goal has been met – a gallon of gasoline now cost below $2.79.
According to the press release, here’s how to get the free software:
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, any one visiting the CodeWeavers’ Web site (www.codeweavers.com) will be given a deal code that will entitle them to one free copy of CodeWeavers’ award-winning CrossOver software. Each copy comes complete with support.
To get the free software, simply go to http://lameduck.codeweavers.com/free/, select the product (either CrossOver Mac Professional or CrossOver Linux Professional), enter and confirm the email address in the fields provided, and then type agree into agreement code box. Finish by clicking on Get Free Serial Number button.
An email will be sent to the mailbox of registered email address containing a serial key code. Go to http://register.codeweavers.com to register the free CrossOver software. An new account will be created for new user, with login username and password emailed to the email address entered during registration, who then can log into the account on CodeWeavers’ web site, and download the free product at My Downloads page. For existing CodeWeavers customer, the deal entitles you for completely new support entitlement for another 12 months, and all users of CrossOver Standard edition products is upgraded to Pro edition for free.
Note that the free serial license number for DreamWeavers’ CrossOver software must be requested and serial key must be registered on DreamWeavers’ site before 23:59 PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday, October 28, 2008. Each user is entitled to 1 download copy per customer limit. A trick (or hack but not crack), if you want to have both software for Mac and Linux, just use two different email addresses. Both products can be registered in the same account by using just one email address during registration (to register the serial number as yours), regardless of what email you entered during sign up for offer (to receive serial number).
The free serial number promotional deal entitles users to free support at Level 3, which according to DreamWeavers’ Upgrade Policy, covers installation and show stopping issues on problems reported against DreamWeavers’ supported applications. After the free support term has expired, customers will still be able to download the latest update they were entitled to, but will not receive further updates or support. Which means the software can be used forever for life, if the user can live with not updated version when support expires in a year. Or, just wish for other Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge goals are met, when CodeWeavers will once again provide free software. Goals include:
- Return the stock market to it’s 2008 high
- Reduce the average price of a gallon of milk to $3.50
- Create at least one net job in the U.S. this calendar year
- Return the median home price to its Jan. 1, 2008 level
- Bring Osama Bin-Laden to justice
Setup installer downloaded from your account does not require any unlock code or unlocking step as it’s a full version installation file which is already fully activated and unlocked. Due to high traffic, if you’re offering a trial version downloads, don’t worry, the demo version of CrossOver has all the functions and features of the full version, and can be unlocked easily by running the registration tool (as long as you already have the user name and password and registered the serial number). You can do this by clicking Register anytime CrossOver displays a demo warning. Or, you can run the tool directly by selecting Register and unlock this demo from the CrossOver menu. Or, simply download the unlocked version and install over the demo trial version when download traffic receding.
Note: Due to heavy traffic, a streamlined homepage has been setup at http://down.codeweavers.com/. Instead of just on Oct 28, now the delivery of serial number may take few days, and the registration of serial number is opened at least till end of the week. The fully unlocked builds of CrossOver Mac, CrossOver Linux and CrossOver Games direct download link have been released to facilitate faster download.
CrossOver Mac: DreamWeavers’ flagship Windows-to-Macintosh compatibility tool. Intended for Intel Mac OS X machines, CrossOver Mac will allow Mac users to run their favorite Windows applications seamlessly on their Mac. Windows files can be opened directly within your file browser, or from email attachments. No rebooting, no switching to a virtual machine, and no Windows Operating System license required; CrossOver is a complete replacement for your Windows OS as far as your Windows software is concerned.
CrossOver Games: Based on the latest Wine Games development work, CrossOver Games allows Mac and Linux users to run their favorite Windows games in the environment of their choice. No rebooting, no switching to a virtual machine, and no Windows Operating System license required; CrossOver gives you the best performance possible if you’re not running on Windows.
CrossOver Linux: DreamWeavers’ flagship Windows-to-Linux desktop productivity tool. Allows you to run many popular office productivity software applications on Linux, such as Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Project and Visio, graphics applications like Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, and Adobe Photoshop, and many more. Not only that, but CrossOver Linux also allows you to use many Windows Web browser plugins, such as QuickTime and Shockwave, directly on your Linux browser. Runs on many popular Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Redhat, Novell, Suse, Xandros, Mandriva and others. No Windows Operating System license required; CrossOver is a complete replacement for your Windows OS as far as your applications are concerned.
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