[SATLUG] Network World Newsletter

Chuck chuck at tetlow.net
Mon Apr 18 23:01:10 CDT 2005

Cool info.....


Today's focus:  Win4Lin runs Windows apps on Linux

By Phil Hochmuth

Win4Lin recently began shipping its latest tool called Win4Lin 
Pro, which runs an instance of a Windows applications on a Linux 

The software maker (formerly known as Netraverse) says its 
product is not an emulator, or an API implementation, such as 
the WINE project or application-specific products such as 
Codeweavers' CrossOver products. Rather, the Win4Lin software 
uses what the vendor calls a "Virtual Computing Environment," 
which runs a full Windows operating system as a process under 
Linux. The company says this allows Win4Lin to run more 
applications - as many as will run on the Windows platform - 
without having to alter or port the original code, or make 
changes or patches to the host Linux kernel.

New in the Win4Lin Pro software is support for Windows 2000 and 
XP, as opposed to the previous Win4Lin Home and Win4Lin 9.x 
editions. However, users should be aware that Windows 2000/XP 
support on Win4Lin Pro is not yet fully baked.

According to the company, users are unable to cut and paste 
between Windows and Linux applications. Also, certain 
color/monitor resolution settings will make the system act flaky 
or just not work. And among other shortcomings, Windows support 
of serial ports through Win4Lin is not yet available. 

Win4Lin says it is working on these issues in Win4Lin Pro 1.0, 
and will have updates available soon. Users interested in 
rolling out Linux desktops at home or in a corporate setting, 
but who need to have a few key Windows applications running that 
are not Linux supported, may want to hold out until all the 
kinks are worked out, since the technology behind Win4Lin Pro 
seems promising.


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To contact: Phil Hochmuth

Phil Hochmuth is a Network World Senior Editor and a former 
systems integrator. You can reach him at 
<mailto:phochmut at nww.com>.

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