November 19, 2002

NeTraverse Announces Linux User Group Sponsorship

NeTraverse writes: "NeTraverse Inc.announces an unprecedented program to sponsor Linux User Groups (LUGs) throughout the world.

"NeTraverse understands that the stunning success of Linux has been largely attributed to the grassroots efforts of user groups and enthusiasts worldwide who have supported the Linux movement." says Mark Hinkle, Vice President, NeTraverse, "It is our goal to encourage and empower these efforts by helping make it easier for mainstream users to bridge from Windows to Linux."

NeTraverse plans to donate over $200,000 worth of software to LUGS throughout the world over the next year. This effort is intended to help computer users who are under increasing pressure from draconian licensing and cost tyrannies of Microsoft. By dramatically easing the transition from Windows to Linux, users from schools, governments, police departments and major enterprises can begin to reap the cost and security benefits from using Linux right away.

NeTraverse products include Win4Lin Workstation Edition 4.0, which allows desktop Linux users to execute their legacy Windows operating system as a process under Linux. Linux users can now run their one or two hard-to-replace applications without rebooting their system or having to manage a separate Windows system on their desktop.

Win4Lin provides seamless support for Office XP, Office 2000 and earlier versions of Office, but it's real strength is in complimenting Open Source solutions like StarOffice and OpenOffice by running the "other applications" that will take more time to replace, and can often lead to objections and delays in moving rapidly to Linux. These 'other' applications may be third party applications, in-house applications or just familiar development tools. Win4Lin allows a user to expand the Linux footprint end-to-end, all the way to the desktop, without having to compromise functionality or productivity.

For software developers, Win4Lin Workstation Edition is particularly useful for running Internet Explorer and popular web design and development products like Dreamweaver and FrontPage.

In addition to Win4Lin Workstation Edition, NeTraverse offers Win4Lin Terminal Server that allows users to run multiple Windows sessions on one Linux server. These sessions can be forwarded or 'served' to any network-connected device whether it is a Linux or UNIX workstation, a thin client device, a PDA or traditional Windows desktops. The added value in the Win4Lin Terminal Server, beyond helping users migrate to Linux without leaving their critical Windows applications behind, is that they can consolidate the hosting and administration of their desktop resources for a fraction the cost of a Citrix or Windows Terminal Services solution.

About NeTraverse

NeTraverse Inc., is the market leader in bridging Windows® to Linux® with over 800,000 users worldwide. Providing thin-client software solutions on the Linux and UNIX platform, NeTraverse offers innovative products and services to facilitate the seamless migration from Windows to Linux and lower the cost of enterprise IT infrastructure. NeTraverse products include Win4Lin Workstation, Win4Lin Terminal Server and Merge. Headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit

For Further Information, Contact:

Mark R. Hinkle,
Vice President, NeTraverse
NeTraverse LUGs Page


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