LinuxPlanet: Win4Lin: Running Windows Applications under Linux
Jan 29, 2001, 12:46 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Linux applications are gaining ground, but Windows applications
still dominate. If you are like me, you still need to use Windows
apps to work with files that other users need. Win4Lin let me have
the benefits of Linux and Windows desktops at the same time. It is
even possible to cut and paste between Windows and Linux
"Win4Lin is effectively a set of Windows device drivers plus
support code that lets Windows run on top of Linux. This affords
users two key benefits. First, Windows itself is not changed so
compatibility is high. Second, performance is good because minimal
translation is required between the Windows application and the
Linux device drivers."
"Win4Lin's interface is comparable to a remote control program.
Windows runs in a Linux window. It can also run full screen.
Windows applications run within this window. Linux applications run
in their own window. Switching between windows is a matter of a
mouse click or an Alt-TAB combination. Windows hot keys work when
the main Windows window is active."