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LinuxPlanet: Win4Lin: Running Windows Applications under Linux

Jan 29, 2001, 12:46 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Wong)

"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 applications."

"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."

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