May 21, 2003

Win4Lin Workstation Edition 5.0 Extends Ability to Bridge Windows Users to Linux

State of the Art Solution for bringing Novell, DirectX, ERP, and other enterprise applications to Linux.

Austin, TX NeTraverse today announced immediate availability of the next version of the award winning Win4Lin Workstation product. Version 5.0 extends the ability of Win4Lin to help users painlessly bridge from legacy Windows environments to Linux and Open Source infrastructure models.

2003 has been dubbed the Year of the Linux Desktop by a number of analysts and Win4Lin is a critical part of a successful migration path for many desktop Linux users.The momentum of Linux over the past few years have brought an increasingly large number of users to seriously consider Linux and server-based computing models as an alternative to aging and expensive Windows desktop model. Win4Lin is the best way to preserve your past investment while moving forward with your desktop computing strategy.

Win4Lin is the best way to run applications on Windows to Linux because of efficient resource use and integration with Linux host services. Win4Lin runs a copy of Windows as a Linux process. This means that Win4Lin runs in shared memory, lives in the Linux file system and utilizes the Linux caching and other host services. Win4Lin is the perfect combination of native Linux environment and host services together with true Windows compatibly and support for the widest range of Windows applications. Not only does Win4Lin provide an unsurpassed degree of fidelity in running Office and Internet Explorer, but also in running third party Windows applications like Peoplesoft, SAP and Seibel clients best of all, Win4Lin runs custom Visual Basic and C++ applications with no modification.

Win4Lin Workstation Edition 5.0 marks the expansion of Win4Lin beyond core application support to deliver value to a wider community not previously addressed, said James P. Curtin, president and CEO of NeTraverse. This release is critical to an increasing number of users bound by that one legacy dependency keeping them from moving to Linux.

Version 5.0 extends the Win4Lin capabilities by including Novell client support, basic DirectX support Winsock 2 support and enhanced sound support, as well as considerable enhancements to performance, stability and reliability.

Novell client support, including support for authenticated connections, is a feature in high demand from a broad constituency of users, especially those dealing with aging legacy environments. Support for Novell clients makes Win4Lin and ideal choice for those users considering alternatives to Windows XP upgrades. Linux and Open Source environments must balance the need for quickly moving to native open source alternatives against the need for responsible, efficient and pain-free migration that comes from co-existence with certain legacy Windows applications.

Direct X support is being introduced to provide full capabilities for applications like Real Player and Media Player.

Winsock 2 capabilities increase the integration of Windows networking resources under a single Linux IP address this is a leap forward in robust networking options for Win4Lin users with low resource utilization.

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.

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