Why is Cider a Mac-only product?

June 11th, 2007 by jvm

This is news/commentary. If you don’t like the WINE/TransGaming mess, then move along.

For those of you who stayed, you might be interested to know that EA Games will bring Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Madden NFL 08, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08, Need for Speed Carbon, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars and Battlefield 2142 to MacOS X using TransGaming‘s Cider.

As far as we know, they won’t bring any of those titles to GNU/Linux.

Now, I’m going to presume that some part of TransGaming’s Cider product is based on the code they forked from WINE. I suspect that it’s likely that some of the code, or at least expertise, they produced while working on Cedega is also folded into Cider.

Now, here’s my question: Why is Cider a Mac-only product?

If TransGaming’s strength is supposed to be cross-platform solutions, why doesn’t their technology bring games to the system on which their code started?

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to know the answers to those questions.

Ok, back to your usual straight-up GNU/Linux gaming news.

6 Responses to “Why is Cider a Mac-only product?”

  1. LEgregius Says:

    Cider is actually Cedega in a nice bundle so that it can wrap up a windows exe. This means that the developers actually test with Cider. It seems to me that games are much more likely to run in Cedega if they have a Mac/Cider version.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Because they still sells cedega.

    And cider makes the game “cedega compatible”

    at least they claim that

  3. Anonymous Says:

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  4. Anonymous Says:

    The difference is that Cider is a per-game solution. So you’ll have to buy the Cider port of Carbon, the Cider port of BF2142. Where with Cedega you’d buy the Windows version of each game and run both with Cedega.

    I think it is a retail-box solution.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I was surprised to see EA porting games to MacOSX. Well it’s interesting to see that it isn’t really porting what they’re doing but rather some half-assed shit. Very fitting for EA.
    My condolences to Mac gamers.

    P.S.: I wonder if Steve Jobs knows about this. I don’t that running games using Cider are good for the Mac as a gaming platform.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    For Linux users, the improvements may be a little less obvious at first, but they will have as much, or possibly even more impact in the long run. That’s because every single game that will be deployed with Cider is first tested and analyzed under Linux with Cedega. Thus, each game deployed on the Mac with Cider will, at the fundamental level of its core executable and data components, also run under Linux. This doesn’t mean that all these games will run unmodified under Linux, due to additional complexities such as installer support, but it does mean that Linux gamers will have more gaming opportunities than ever before.


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