CrossOver allows you to run Windows software on Linux, macOS, and ChromeOS.
It is not an emulator program. Instead, it provides a compatibility layer on top of your host operating system to make it possible to run Windows software.
In other words, it adds components that windows software needs to run on any supported OS.
But how well does it work? Can you run all Windows software using it? Is it a viable solution for you to ditch Windows for good?
Here, I shall share my experience with using CrossOver on Linux and sharing my experience with it.
Things to Know Before Using CrossOver Compatibility Tool
While CrossOver makes it easy to run Windows software on platforms like Linux, macOS, and ChromeOS, there are a few pointers to be aware of:
- Not every Windows software will work using CrossOver.
- CrossOver is not a free and open-source solution.
- CrossOver uses primarily open-source components with a few proprietary elements.
- Spending for a CrossOver license indirectly funds Wine and Steam’s Proton development.
- CrossOver is also considered a paid edition of Wine, with some differences/improvements.
You can also watch its amusing official video to know more about it:
Related Read: Beginner’s guide to using Wine to run Windows programs on Linux
Getting Started With CrossOver
As I mentioned above, CrossOver (affiliate link) is a paid tool that needs a license to work.
However, you can download it for free with a 14-day trial period. You can use all of its features without any restrictions. The app stops working after the trial, but the configuration/installed software remains.
So, if you like CrossOver during the trial, you can purchase a license to continue using it.
Note that you must share an email address and a name to initiate the download. Furthermore, you need to create an account to proceed to purchase it.
Using CrossOver on Linux (One-Click Process)
Once you install CrossOver on Linux, you launch it to find something like this (depending on the version you try, the user interface could be a bit different):