Those who were the fortunate beneficiaries of Crossovers gift of software a month or so ago already know of Codeweavers generosity in giving away their very best to encourage the Vote in the last election. This could have stopped there and everyone would have benefited. They would have increased awareness of their product which can magically make many Windows applications run for real under Linux by way of their Crossover emulation layer. We would have been encouraged in our desire to vote and perhaps been introduced to Crossover for the first time. But they didn't stop there. If you sighed up for and received a free copy of Crossover last month... This month you need to upgrade it. Now I've seen this before! A dev gives away their software right before it's time to upgrade. You install it and find out that time has passed it by or is about to. Then comes the friendly invitation to upgrade to "THE NEWEST VERSION". Not a bad way to advertise your software, let people know what it can do for them and then induce them to help pay for all that R&D that makes code like Crossover possible. So no tears when I got the notice that 12.0.0 had just been released and that I should update my Crossover software. My copy would do me for a lest a year... But then then things started moving and my eyes couldn't quite lock on to the next line in their missive... They started listing improvements, added features, redesign of the interface, a complete remake of their software! Things like: "This release also includes more than 5,000 individual changes to Wine, meaning there are numerous improvements in how your favorite applications will run under CrossOver. Applications with improved support include the Microsoft Office suite, various Quicken versions, and many of your favorite games. New in CrossOver 12 are official support for Quicken 2013; support for the popular game World of Tanks; and, on Linux, support for Guild Wars 2." I read on to see just how outdated my "free" copy was about to become!! I wasn't bitter! I knew the score! They have to make their money if they want to survive...it just came a bit sooner than I expected! Bottom line..."There's no such thing as a free lunch!" So their I am. Starting to wonder if I should go for the upgrade. I want to explore Linux Gaming. I have but a few tools with which a person of my meager knowledge can approach the task. There's "Winetricks", an emulation layer closely related to Wine and delver with each new vintage as it is uncorked. Then there is a personal favorite, "PlayOnLinux". It offers a more refined approach and a much wider selection of windows games that it can support in Linux. And finally Crossover. Crossover delivers a much wider verity of software. More focused upon Windows more practical applications, Office applications Quicken and the like. But Crossover has a large community support group that more or less tags along with Crossover's professional offerings. The Crossover community supports a large number of popular games as recent as 2011 but generally two to three years behind the Commercial gaming markets. So If I'm going to understand and support Linux gaming, I should have a recent copy of one of my primary tools... There's the rub...tools cost money even in Free Linux they come free as does PlayOnLinux and Winetricks. And is always the case with Linux apps they come very good and not so much.... Crossover is very good at what it does as is PlayOnLinux... Yet PlayonLinux is much beholden to Crossover as is wine herself... So I need to upgrade at a really bad time for me... the room has stabilize a bit and my eyes are tracking better now that I have accepted my fate..the money will have to come from some where...While I'm trying to think of just where that might be my eyes reach the bottom line...there's always a bottom line, that's what they teach us right? There's always a bottom line...? " If CrossOver 12 asks you for registration credentials, use the same email and password which you used to purchase CrossOver from <http://www.codeweavers.com>. If you have any trouble, email [email@example.com]'firstname.lastname@example.org[/email]' for help. Crossover is upgrading my free copy...for free. GamersOnLinux welcomes you to and thanks Codeweavers for the free lunch. When we sit down with Linux... we should say grace for the free lunch we are about to receive And remember the day Codeweavers freed us for a while from the bottom line.