Crossover Linux worth the money?

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Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby PanamaRed » Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:51 pm

I am close to being able to avoid Windows altogether.
The only thing I have left are a few games that I just can't seem to get quite right using Wine or PoL and Wine.

I'm considering either paying for a Crossover license or setting up a Windows VM.

My question: what is your experience with Crossover? Can you get things to run with Crossover more easily than with Wine or PoL and Wine? How is support for Crossover?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby xenopeek » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:38 pm

I think that depends on how many Windows games you intend to run on Linux and for how long. Crossover Linux is based on Wine with user friendly configuration tools and automated installation scripts. They also provide technical support. PlayOnLinux is configuration tool, a wrapper around Wine. Ultimately anything you can get to run on Crossover Linux or PlayOnLinux you should be able to get to run on Wine, but how much (if any) manual configuration it takes depends on the game.

First things first, look up if the Windows games you want to run on Linux are compatible with Crossover and how well they are supported on Linux (after searching for the title of the game, check the star rating in the column with the penguin icon in the column header): https://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility. PlayOnLinux has a similar list you can check: https://www.playonlinux.com/en/supported_apps-1-0.html. And Wine have an "AppDB" that you can look up compatibility reviews (and notes for any manual configuration needed) from other users: https://appdb.winehq.org/.

If your time is more valuable than your money, the games you want to play have a high star rating on Crossover Linux and you intend to continue running Windows software on Linux then it may be worth the money. That's up to you.

Ultimately Windows is best suited to run Windows games, certainly for games that need the highest performance.

Personally, when I got back into gaming I was already on Linux and have stuck to buying Linux games only. There are over 3,300 games for Linux on Steam currently and the summer sale is ongoing. For the cost of the Crossover Linux license you could get a truck load of games for Linux instead :wink: But I get that if you're hooked on some Windows-only games you want to get those up and running.
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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby Hoser Rob » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:40 pm

Crossover is a GUI for WIne. This sort of thing ... taking free open source software, writing a GUI for it, and then charging $$$ ... is absolutely routine in the computer world.

All the hits I get from ubuntu support sites on crossover seem to be about 10 years old. So it doesn't look well maintained to me.

PLus, WIne is simply rubbish. Most apps don't work. When they do they often run badly.

I guess you can see where I'm going here. I vote for using a Windows VM.

I don't have any Windows any more but that isn't because I hate MS. It's because I don't need it. My one Windows partition sat there for ages unused so I yanked it and don't miss it.

But I don't need Windows business software, and I'm not a gamer. If I needed these things I would still have some WIndo
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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby PanamaRed » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:51 pm

Thank you for the replies.

Two of the remaining games I am interested in, Skyrim and Starcraft 2, both appear to run very well on Wine/PoL and Crossover.
I've spent some time on both with PoL, and I can get Skyrim to run, just without sound, even after experimenting with the sound drivers. Starcraft 2 not so much.

I'd like to be in a position where I only play Linux games, but unfortunately most of the A list titles don't directly support Linux yet. I had high hopes for SteamOS...maybe one day.

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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby Jim Hauser » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:16 pm

I find that running Windows in Virtual Box is my best bet. I am not a big gamer but there are a few games and fractal programs that I like to visit occasionally. However, Virtual Box may not give you the performance needed for your stuff. I would try it first after backing up your current system.

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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby Booman » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:53 pm

I have never used Crossover because many stubborn Windows games require patched versions of Wine which are not supported by Crossover.
So I have stuck with PlayOnLinux and it has served me really really well.
In fact I have posted step-by-step guides on how to install many AAA, indie, retail, steam, GOG games here at GamersOnLinux

I never used the installers from PlayOnLinux, instead I do manual installations and they work beautifully.
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Re: Crossover Linux worth the money?

Postby kyphi » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:32 pm

I have used Crossover for many years since I found the Wine interface clumsy, to say the least. Crossover has served me well.

Crossover (or Wine) is not omnipotent and will not run all programs written for Windows.

Here is a link to a comparison table that may be of interest:

https://www.codeweavers.com/products/mo ... entiators/

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