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Win4Lin--For Those Who Can't Leave Microsoft Windows Behind - page 2

Bridging the Windows-Linux Gap

  • July 16, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

You can get Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Edition from NeTraverse (www.netraverse.com) directly, either by purchasing the electronic download version for $89.99, or through ordering the boxed version for $99.99 plus shipping.

The only items one can compare a package like Win4Lin to are other Linux tools that allow people to work with Windows software. These programs include WINE, the CodeWeavers' tools, Lindows, TransGaming, and others. Let's take a look at how each of these fares in positioning itself against Win4Lin:
  • Transgaming's WineX: This is the most simple of the product comparisons. WineX is strictly a platform for playing games written for the Windows operating system. Win4Lin is a business and productivity platform, and while some Windows games will run under this package, DirectX is not supported as yet in Win4Lin.
  • CodeWeavers' CrossOver Plugin and CrossOver Office: This is arguably Win4Lin's closest competitor. The largest difference between these two products is that with CodeWeavers, you solely run WINE underneath the hood, there is no need to install an actual copy of Microsoft Windows. With Win4Lin, you actually install the entire Microsoft Windows operating system onto the Linux box. Outside of this issue, the two companies each keep a list of the Windows programs their product supports on their web sites, at www.codeweavers.com and www.netraverse.com.
  • Lindows: This offering is in a world of its own. Rather than a program that enables Windows applications to run, or Windows to run under Linux, Lindows is an operating system built to run both Linux and Windows programs. There are a number of features meant to help the Linux newcomer, including the ability to sign up to a software warehouse and install new programs with a single click.
  • WINE: The WINE project is the parent of all of the children above except for Win4Lin. WINE is still considered an alpha project but the team hopes to get past that hurdle within the next year, as I've reported previously.

As you can see, there's an interesting variety of products out there that cater to the crowd who wants to run Linux, but needs to run Windows programs as well.

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