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Its sort of like an enhanced version of WINE and is probably used a lot more than WINE in environments where support is needed. I last used it several years ago and even then I could run MS Office, Dreamweaver and Photoshop really well.
Crossover basically IS wine. It's a commercial venture that takes wine as it's base, and adds its own modifications and extensions to help the software their clients need run better. The also provide support services. They're mostly focused on business clients, but will try to support just about anything if the client is willing to pay.
They have a good relationship with the wine team, and tend to feed back their improvements into the base after a time. They're a good example of a commercial venture based around an open-source product.
There's another wine-based commercial product called Cedega, which is focused primarily on getting games to run under Linux. They use an old fork of wine (from before they switched to to the LGPL license) as their base, but otherwise seem to have gone their own way, and there's not much cooperation between them anymore.
Like has been stated, Crossover is more or less a commercial version of Wine. I only use(d) 2 programs under Wine, 1 worked fine, the other didn't work at all, so I bought Crossover(where both programs worked quite well). Now I'm down to only using Crossover for 1 program(Pokerstars). It works fine under Wine, but it works better and is less glitchy under Crossover. Try Wine first(obviously its free), if wine works, then great. If it doesn't, use a free trial of Crossover and test it. If it works like its supposed to, I'd say the $40 is more than worth it.
Just remember, its always best to try and use Linux Native apps, than to try and make Windows apps run on Linux. I understand though, sometimes this just won't happen.
I use both CrossOver and regular WINE.
Crossover guarantees certain apps will run, but some things will NOT run that WILL on regular WINE. Codeweavers acknowledges this---the explanation had to do with copy protection which I don't really understand.
My main issue WAS Photoshop, but now I am learning GIMP and this seems less urgent.