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Old 10-26-08, 11:03 PM   #1
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All Mac Users READ THIS B4 Tuesday!!

'Lame Duck challenge' met, so software is free

By RANDY SALAS, Star Tribune
October 26, 2008

President Bush gets a lot of grief over the economic woes that have occurred under his watch, but now people can thank him for something spiffy: Free software. It comes courtesy of the Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge.

In July, St. Paul software developer CodeWeavers came up with the gimmick to make its products available free for a day if any one of five positive (but seemingly unlikely at the time) things happened during Bush's last six months in office: gas drops to $2.79 a gallon, milk drops to $3.50 a gallon, U.S. jobs exceed 138 million, the Twin Cities median home price returns to $233,000 or Osama bin Laden is captured.

Bingo on No. 1.

When CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White saw that gas was $2.79 a gallon during a recent fill-up, "I screamed, 'Woohoo!' Then I yelled, 'Oh, crap!' as I realized every American can now have my software for free -- kind of upsets my fourth-quarter revenue projections," he said.

So on Tuesday, all of CodeWeavers products, which allow Mac and Linux users to run Windows applications, can be downloaded for free -- instead of $40 each -- at the company's website, www.codeweavers.com.



2008 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.
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Old 10-26-08, 11:08 PM   #2
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Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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Old 10-26-08, 11:13 PM   #3
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wow.

milk is actually $2.50 here a gallon


"we'll give away our software on the first day of the following month. For 24 hours."

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Old 10-26-08, 11:14 PM   #4
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also applies to the linux version it would seem.
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Old 10-26-08, 11:23 PM   #5
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Nice. I definitely put it in my todo list to download it on Tuesday.
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Old 10-26-08, 11:44 PM   #6
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Old 10-26-08, 11:47 PM   #7
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So the software I won't get
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Old 10-26-08, 11:57 PM   #8
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Old 10-27-08, 12:31 AM   #9
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Old 10-27-08, 12:44 AM   #10
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Old 10-27-08, 01:04 AM   #11
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Old 10-27-08, 05:22 AM   #12
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Better set up a script to get it at midnight, because I don't think there is any way their servers are going to be able to handle the onslaught.
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Old 10-27-08, 10:08 PM   #14
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there site is down from traffic, it is 12:52 here I just happened to wake up
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I got mine a bit earlier this evening. They'd taken down the unlocked Linux downloads, but the free trial versions were available, and can be unlocked once you download them.

Tested out the games version by installing an old copy of Unreal Tournament and playing it for a while.

Expensive software
is now free for the taking.
Much fun to be had.

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Old 10-28-08, 03:36 AM   #20
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solveg, thanks for the heads-up. Here's one for you, in Finnish of course

solvegin posti (solveg's post)
jumitti palvelimet. (crashed the servers.)
Kauhea ruuhka! (Incredible traffic rush!)

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Old 10-28-08, 09:45 AM   #22
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Old 10-28-08, 01:05 PM   #23
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got both pieces of mac software, now if i just had any windows software
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Old 10-28-08, 01:18 PM   #24
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Not sure which version of WINE Codeweavers is using. You can check the compatibility database here: http://www.winehq.org

The vast majority of Windows apps that's in use (Word, Outlook, etc.) are supported.
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Old 10-28-08, 06:29 PM   #25
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downloaded software
mac can now run new programs
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