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Win4Lin delivers Windows 2000 and Windows XP apps on Linux desktop
Posted on 17-Feb-2005 08:13. | Tags Filed under: News.

Win4Lin, Inc. has released their Win4Lin Pro product which runs Windows 2000 and Windows XP applications on Linux. Win4Lin Pro becomes the flagship of the company's Win4Lin product family, which also includes Win4Lin 9X, Win4Lin Terminal Server and Win4Lin Home.

"With Win4Lin Pro, Linux on the desktop has just become a reality. Previously, enterprises and users needing to migrate legacy Windows applications to Linux were stuck with either an expensive porting task or with clunky, non-integrated virtual machine solutions, or, in the case of Win4Lin, with running Windows 98. Now, with Win4Lin Pro's full support for Windows 2000 and XP, all of the barriers to adoption have been removed," said Jim Curtin, President and CEO of Win4Lin, Inc.

Using Win4Lin's virtual computing environment (VCE), Win4Lin Pro runs any Windows 2000 or Windows XP application with no change to the host operating system (e.g. no need to patch the Linux kernel). Win4Lin Pro runs as a Linux process, sharing the Linux memory and file system without yielding control to the Windows guest operating system. With the stable Linux architecture as its foundation, Win4Lin Pro protects PCs from Windows viruses and other prevalent forms of malware. Win4Lin Pro limits the impact of a Windows system failure or security flaw to only the virtual sandbox in which the applications are running. Thus Windows malfunctions cannot cause system-wide failures.

Other products in the Win4Lin family include Win4Lin 9X, Win4Lin Terminal Server and Win4Lin Home. Win4Lin 9X provides migration support for enterprise users moving from Windows to Linux by allowing the execution of applications that cannot be ported to Linux (i.e. missing source code, too expensive) with full support for networked environments. Win4Lin Home is a lightweight version of Win4Lin 9X that provides the standalone or home user with the ability to run needed Windows applications on Linux. Win4Lin Terminal Server is the company's enterprise solution for delivering Windows applications on thin clients via a Linux server. Unlike Citrix (CTXS), or any of the other Windows-based remote display vendors, there is no need to add Windows servers to run the Windows applications as Win4Lin Terminal Server serves Windows sessions from Linux servers.

Win4Lin Pro is being offered at an introductory price of US$99.95 per copy until 31 March 2005. General availability is expected for 23 February.

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