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CodeWeavers Announces Flock the Vote Software Giveaway 97

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ywlke writes "This election year, CodeWeavers is repeating its 'Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge' from 2008, and will be giving away free one-year subscriptions to Crossover Linux and Mac. 'On Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, beginning at 00:00 Central Time (+6 GMT), anyone visiting CodeWeavers’ Flock The Vote promotional web site (flock.codeweavers.com) will be able to download a free, fully functional copy of either CrossOver Mac or CrossOver Linux. Each copy comes complete with 12 months of support and product upgrades. The offer will continue for 24 hours, from 00:00 to 23:59, Oct. 31, 2012. ... The company had recently launched its 'Flock the Vote' challenge – a voter turnout initiative in which CodeWeavers promised free software for 24 hours if 100,000 people pledged to vote in the 2012 Presidential election.'"
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CodeWeavers Announces Flock the Vote Software Giveaway

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @02:23AM (#41814817)

    anyone visiting CodeWeavers’ Flock The Vote promotional web site (flock.codeweavers.com) will be able to download a free, fully functional copy of either CrossOver Mac or CrossOver Linux.

    Which is the Obama version and which is the Romney version?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There isn't one, you get either. Although really, they're both Obama versions as Romney would probably force you to use Windows and suck it up as Linux and OSX are clearly socialist OSes.

      • by Noughmad (1044096)

        Yes, an OS that can only be used with overpriced hardware, made by the largest company in the world, is clearly socialist.

        • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

          by gmhowell (26755)

          Yes, an OS that can only be used with overpriced hardware, made by the largest company in the world, is clearly socialist.

          Limousine liberals are not a new invention.

        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          Yes, an OS that can only be used with overpriced hardware, made by the largest company in the world, is clearly socialist.

          For any Republican who dislikes Macs, OS X is clearly socialist, because "socialism" is defined in Republicanese (a language which closely resembles English, and shares most of its syntax, but has a somewhat divergent vocabulary with lots of false cognates) as "anything a Republican doesn't like." For any Republican who likes Macs, OTOH, OS X is a triumph of the invisible hand of the free market, while Windows is pretty much the second coming of Joe Stalin. Linux is always Ron Paul.

          Hope this clears things

      • by sumdumass (711423)

        Why would you think that? Rush Limbaugh swears by Apple/MAC products and spends a great deal of time promoting them whenever something new is being released. There are certainly paid versions of Linux and companies offering paid support for them. If by socialist you mean free market, you might be right, but i think you have came to the wrong conclusion on the political aspects of it.

        • Why would you think that? Rush Limbaugh swears by Apple/MAC products and spends a great deal of time promoting them whenever something new is being released.

          In fact, he praises their products for free since they won't pay him to due to political differences (I wouldn't pay him, either, since he is already doing it for free.)

          Not only does he praise Apple/MAC, he is pretty critical of Windows.

    • by spectrokid (660550) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @03:19AM (#41815023) Homepage
      Something tells me you won't be able to see the difference...
    • by Dishevel (1105119)

      Romney version is not out yet.
      Obama is the Windows version. Closed and broken.
      We need a Linux government. Inexpensive, flexible and open.

    • by Zargle (465109)

      only available for Mac and Linux?? why no Windows version? this, my friends is an outrage!

  • by ThorGod (456163) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @02:28AM (#41814835) Journal

    What are the current uses for codeweavers? Just games, right?

    • Re:uses? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Gaygirlie (1657131) <gaygirlie AT hotmail DOT com> on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @02:41AM (#41814891) Homepage

      Games and all kinds of regular applications. CrossOver supports a large amount of software and there is a one-click installation mode for many of the more popular apps. Basically, if you want Wine but with paid-for support and easier installation CrossOver will probably suit you.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Sweet. But does it really do nothing more than Wine without paid-for support and easier installation?

        • Wine can be a bear unless you really know what you're doing. I've never used Crossover, so I can't speak for that. It sounds like it's pretty good, but I balk at the price ($59.95). I'll try to grab the free version tomorrow.
      • by Laebshade (643478)

        CrossOver does more than be Wine with "paid-for support and easier installation". It installs additional libraries, fonts, etc., required for the app/game to work -- winetricks also does this, but on a much less polished and broad scale. It can create separate 'bottles' (self-contained wine installations); you can install just the one app, or multiple apps per bottle, and the shortcuts that launch the game/app are configured to use the appropriate bottle automatically without manual changing to that bottl

        • It installs additional libraries, fonts, etc., required for the app/game to work

          So, in other words it does exactly what I said it does: offers a much easier installation.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There's only one edition now, so you can run any supported software on it.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There are both Linux and Mac versions of Crossover, which runs thousands of applications, including games, MS Office, and many other things. Here's the compatibility list [codeweavers.com]. Check the WineHQ AppDB [winehq.org] too if you don't see it listed. Codeweavers contributes heavily to Wine [codeweavers.com], too, and the projects are closely related. They're not just a paid fork of Wine like Cedega was.

      Wine (and Crossover) have really progressed far since they started. I play games as well as run more serious applications, and I haven't booted

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by voxner (1217902)
      Running Microsoft Office in Linux. I had a good experience with codeweaver for linux. I haven't tried wine yet...
    • by silviuc (676999)
      So you are getting a piece of software, with 12 months of free support for 0 mullah and wonder "what's the use?" ?! Download it and see what it can do you tool.
  • by war4peace (1628283) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @02:50AM (#41814927)

    Not being from the US, and the quote saying "anyone who visits...", what if I'm not eligible for a download? Guess that would make me "nobody", right? RIGHT?

    • Re:Anyone != Nobody (Score:5, Informative)

      by dougisfunny (1200171) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @03:03AM (#41814969)

      Are you in orbit? The site says:
      "Who: FREE to anyone on the planet"

      • by jhoegl (638955)
        Yet another example of the USA giving back to everyone else.
        Before "WHOOSH", please see sarcasm [wikipedia.org].
      • Hold on! When the Earth gets downgraded to dwarf planet status, will we have to give the software back or what?
        • Hold on! When the Earth gets downgraded to dwarf planet status, will we have to give the software back or what?

          The Earth's peril will not be dwarf planet status, but rather binary planet status. The moon is in constant concave orbit around the sun. Asimov makes a rather convincing argument that this should be the criteria for binary planet status.

      • It was a JOKE. Jay-oh-kay-ee!

    • by sumdumass (711423)

      It could make you "someone who didn't visit".

      As others pointed out. It's not restricted to just US citizens. It's for everyone who visits the site within the time frame including existing customers. If you already have a contract for support with them (purchased a produce less then a year ago or purchased support) they will add 12 months to the commitment per their faq/details page.

      • Gee, that was a joke, but hey... you can't train humor if you don't have it :)

        • by sumdumass (711423)

          Umm.. What is so humorous about a train ride?

          Yeah, I figured as much but this is /. after all. Anyways, the biggest thing I wanted to point out was that even existing customers can benefit from this.

          • Well, I was a *possible* customer but resisted buying it because I rarely use Linux and the price-to-usage ratio was too high. But now with my Linux usage growing constantly, I think it's a good idea to get CrossOver and see how good it is. It was convincing a few years ago, and it's even more convincing now.

            Who knows, maybe in time I'll become an advocate and even completely switch to Linux if CrossOver supports most of the apps that I use (mostly games, TBH, but MS Office is a BIG part of what I do). 12 m

  • by BitZtream (692029) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @03:40AM (#41815093)

    We DO NOT NEED more IDIOTS voting just because someone told them they should vote.

    We need more people making intelligent decisions about who they vote for. We need less people voting for their team/mascot/color. If you check the 'republican' or 'democrat' checkbox when you vote, you are the worst kind of citizen, more so than one who doesn't vote. There is absolutely no possible way that you agree with every single member of one party.

    You should ONLY VOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND. You should not be voting based on what CNN or Fox news told you. You should not be voting based on what your friends are voting for. You should not be voting without knowing the people you are voting for.

    If you think the president is the most important person to vote for, PLEASE DON'T VOTE, you don't know how the government works.

    I don't want more people voting. I want more people knowing who the fuck they are voting for! I don't care who you vote for as long as you actually know what they stand for and what they will do. Look at the history of the people you vote for. If you don't know someones history DON'T VOTE FOR THEM.

    No TV commercial or radio spot has told you the truth. They may not flat out lie, but they most certainly withhold the full information in order to make their guy seem like he/she is better than they actually are.

    Please don't vote just because MTV or CodeWeavers told you to, thats how we got to this point in the first freaking place.

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Well, if all voters that fit your criteria go to the polls, there is a big risk of a serious constitutional crisis if one of them votes Obama and the other Romney. In which case you'll probably have a bigger mess than you have now.

    • If you think the president is the most important person to vote for, PLEASE DON'T VOTE, you don't know how the government works.

      While there is merit in this, he's the guy who appoints the Supreme Court. That matters.

      I've voted for a lot of people that I disagreed with - hell, I do it at every election, because I live in the South, and every single politician, R or D, is pro-life here because otherwise they won't get elected. I don't have to think they're perfect. They never will be perfect. They just have to be more likely to represent my wishes than their opponent. Sometimes that means I end up voting for someone about whom I hav

    • Everyone has the right to vote, even if they are idiots and don't agree with me. If you can only win by keeping people at home then your strategy is flawed.

      • by DarkOx (621550)

        I agree everyone has a right to vote but I also agree with the grand parent that general "hey lets push voter turn out no matter" initiatives and attitudes are counter productive.

        Then there is the "its your civic duty" line. I don't see how going to the polls and making a mark next to names of people you don't know who are, is of any use to society. If people are not going to take the time be informed about the issues or the candidates positions you are not adding anything but noise.

        Its like all the flap a

        • How can you possibly cast an informed ballot before the first debate?

          You don't serious think that the "debates" are actually debates, do you? If that's where you got your information about the candidates, you're going to be just as ignorant as the people basing their votes on TV News and other scripted sound bites.

          Your only reasonable way of assessing a candidate is to look at a) voting records and/or legislation sponsorships as applicable, b) primary campaign funding sources, and c) all the other spin. Thi

        • by cellocgw (617879)

          We had early voting start days BEFORE the first presidential debate and weeks before the first debates in down ballot races. How can you possibly cast an informed ballot before the first debate?

          SRSLY? The so-called debates are totally useless. If you hadn't figured out over a year ago what the (huge, dramatic) differences are between Mittens and ObamaCare, you really are too lazy to vote. If you think the debates matter, you're too stupid to vote.

        • You don't understand swarm intelligence. You can make a good decision with extremely little information. Nothing wrong with deciding before the 1st debate. And, I have plenty of information, from past experience. Parties do have brands, platforms, and planks. They don't completely change every election. In 2000, I was asking myself if it mattered that W. wasn't too smart, because he was wise enough to surround himself with what seemed a savvy and competent team. At that time, Cheney was an unknown to

    • We need more people making intelligent decisions about who they vote for.

      Kodos: It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system. You have to vote for one of us.
      Man 1: He's right, this is a two-party system.
      Man 2: Well I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
      Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

      [The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VII]

    • by CODiNE (27417)

      I think many people assume their views are the majority and simply under-represented. I've had people drastically misjudge my leanings based on clothing, temperament and religious beliefs.

      They think if someone is nice and sensible they must agree on certain worldview assumptions and are shocked to find out otherwise.

  • Not sure how it works in America, but isn't asking people to vote in exchange of products is a form of cheating on election?

    • by Fnord666 (889225)

      Not sure how it works in America, but isn't asking people to vote in exchange of products is a form of cheating on election?

      Asking people to vote a certain way in exchange for something is quite illegal. Simply asking them to promise that they will vote not so much.

      • by cellocgw (617879)

        Asking people to vote a certain way in exchange for something is quite illegal. Simply asking them to promise that they will vote not so much.

        Well, maybe or maybe not. Someone stopped the local chapter of Sweet Old Ladies from providing baked goods at the polling places. Apparently accepting a chocolate chip cookie *after* voting was an illegal inducement.

  • I say this is great! As a current paying user of Crossover Linux and Mac, I'll be happy to have a year's extension for free. Crazy that my Lame Duck version of Crossover 7 Linux is now nearly 8 years old--its still in use on a couple older kiosk-style Linux PCs at work in our breakroom to run Word for the interns to make resumes on. I primarily use Office on my Linux version, and my wife plays "Hidden Object Games" in our Mac version!
  • The manpage clearly states that flock() is only advisory.

  • It's live now: flock.codeweavers.com

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