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They really did it! They promised to make the software freely available if one of a number of things happened. One item on the list was "average price of a gallon of gas in the Twin Cities drops to $2.79 a gallon." So, today is free software day.

http://www.codeweavers.com/about/general/press/20081027/

CODEWEAVERS' SOFTWARE FREE FOR DOWNLOAD THANKS TO GEORGE W. BUSH AND FALLING GAS PRICES

Giveaway Triggered in CodeWeaver's Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge; "We take full responsibility for global economic collapse,"
says CEO

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (October 27, 2008) - The catastrophic cratering of the global economy, falling gas prices and President George W. Bush's recent executive activities have indirectly prompted Saint Paul gadfly software developers CodeWeavers, Inc., to provide free software for every American on Oct. 28, company officials reluctantly announced today.

In July, CodeWeavers - whose software lets Mac OS X and Linux users run Windows programs without having to Microsoft for a Windows OS license - launched the Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge
(lameduck.codeweavers.com) to encourage President Bush to make the most of his remaining days in office by accomplishing a major economic or political goal by January 20, 2009.

The goals focused on President Bush making specific positive accomplishments in areas such as the economy, home values, the stock market, the war on terror and other key issues. Specifically, one goal called for President Bush to help down bring average gasoline prices in the Twin Cities to $2.79 a gallon.

On Monday, Oct. 14, gas prices in Minneapolis and St. Paul did just that.

"That morning, I was filling my tank at Big Steve's Gas Palace in St.
Paul," said Jeremy White, president and CEO of CodeWeavers. "I had just finished my morning corn dog and 64-ounce Dr. Pepper when I looked at the pump and noticed gas was at $2.79. 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..."

White admits this is not how he foresaw the Challenge unfolding.

"I launched the campaign to inspire President Bush to make the most of his final days in office. Who knew that our Challenge would have this kind of impact on the country?" White said. "On the other hand, who knew that the economy would implode, causing oil demand to drop into the abyss and gas prices to plummet as well. Clearly, investigating Bear Stearns, AIG and those guys is misplaced - CodeWeavers is responsible for this mess. So it's free software for all!"

How to Get the Free Software
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, any one visiting the CodeWeavers' Web site
(www.codeweavers.com) will be given a deal code that will entitle them to one free copy of CodeWeavers' award-winning CrossOver software. Each copy comes complete with support.

"I realize that by giving away all my software, I've caused horrific damage to my company's bottom line," White said. "In fact, our vice president of sales wretched Starbucks all over his shirt when he learned the news. But, I figure, the way the economy is going, in a few months everyone might be out on the streets, wearing potato sacks and standing in line for squirrel soup, so why not?"

White also noted that if other Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge goals are met, CodeWeavers will once again provide free software. Goals include:

* Return the stock market to it's 2008 high
* Reduce the average price of a gallon of milk to $3.50
* Create at least one net job in the U.S. this calendar year
* Return the median home price to its Jan. 1, 2008 level
* Bring Osama Bin-Laden to justice

About CodeWeavers

Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers today focuses on the development of Wine: the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Mac OS X and Linux.
CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the UK and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held. For more information about CodeWeavers, log on to www.codeweavers.com.

Comments

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vakkotaur
Oct. 28th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I am wondering what use I might have for this. I keep coming up blank as I've been using Linux so long now that I can't think of anything on Windows I wish I could run. And I'm not a gamer, so that issue doesn't matter to me.
chiashurb
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! Now I can play Fallout again!
aedifica
Nov. 1st, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Huzzah!
brooksmoses
Nov. 1st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! (I went and got a code and download on the day of the thing, but I forgot to comment here then.)

Also, thank you muchly for quoting the whole press release. When they went to the "just the downloads" streamlined page to deal with the traffic, a lot of the explanation of what was going on went away as well, so I pointed a few people here first instead.
aedifica
Nov. 1st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad I made this post public.
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