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Win4Lin--For Those Who Can't Leave Microsoft Windows Behind
Bridging the Windows-Linux Gap
July 16, 2002
2002 seems to be the year of using Microsoft products under Linux. I don't personally see anything wrong with that: such ability helps us transition people who are nervous about big change. To me, the most important issue for a package that means to help such an end user is that it has to be easy to use, and easy to install.
Once you get Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Edition installed and set up, it works great. It's fast, it's stable (just be careful with antivirus programs), and at least for Windows 98 it works just like it should. The problem is, ultimately, an awkward installation process that isn't made up for by solid documentation. If you're used to Linux and don't mind having to dig about for the information you need, then you'll have little trouble installing this product.
However, don't hand Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Edition to a Linux newbie quite yet. At least not without being there to help them out.
Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Edition has a number of hardware and software requirements. On the hardware side, you'll need a PC that's a Pentium or faster"need" is a strong word, you can use a slower machine but it's not recommended. In addition, on the hardware side, you'll need a minimum of:
The software and operating system requirements are as follows: