Win4Lin, Inc., a leading supplier of virtual operating systems on Linux, today announced the release of their Win4Lin Pro(TM) 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(TM), Win4Lin Terminal Server(TM) and Win4Lin(TM) Home. Win4Lin, Inc. recently acquired the assets of NeTraverse, Inc., the original developers of Win4Lin products, and is ambitiously extending the product family.
“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.
“For the last couple of years the objection we’ve heard most often was, ‘you only run on Windows 98.’ Today, that objection has been removed. You are now free to move to the Linux desktop while continuing to run your critical Windows 2000/XP applications.”
Using Win4Lin’s high performance virtual computing environment (VCE), Win4Lin Pro
runs any Windows 2000 or Windows XP application with nochange 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.
“Win4Lin Pro is an outstanding achievement. I believe your product to be superior to all of the other approaches for providing Windows support on Linux. And your responsive team makes it a pleasure to work with you,” said Jim Provan, COO, ThinDesktop, Inc.
Win4Lin Pro(TM) is being offered at an introductory price of $99.95 per copy until March 31, 2005. First customer ships of the product have begun, with general availability and quantity shipping to commence on February 23, 2005.