LinuxWorld Boston 2005
BOSTON--Feb. 16, 2005--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 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-
"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 Product Family
Other products in the Win4Lin family include Win4Lin 9X(TM), Win4Lin Terminal
Server(TM) and Win4Lin(TM) 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.
Product Pricing & Availability
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.
For more information and ordering information visit
The shipping release of Win4Lin Pro fully supports execution of Windows 2000
applications on Linux. The company plans to aggressively issue enhancement releases to
add additional features for Win4Lin Pro, including enhanced support for Windows XP.
For more information about Win4Lin, Inc. visit http://www.win4lin.com
Dan Perlman, VP of Marketing