Austin, Texas - NeTraverse Inc., the leading
provider of software solutions enabling Windows application hosting
on the Linux operating system, today announced the availability of
NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0. NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0 enables Linux users
to run popular Windows programs at native speeds without additional
hardware or the need to dual boot, dramatically improving
productivity and reducing hardware and OS license upgrade cost.
The widely acclaimed Win4Lin is now available with substantial
enhancements including support for the Linux 2.4 kernel, a powerful
new graphical installer, full Windows networking, and an easy to
use feature providing access to Win4Lin updates, and additional
Linux kernels, as released by distributors.
"Our objective is to provide the enterprise and user community
with a seamless bridge from Windows to Linux," said Jim Curtin,
president and CEO of NeTraverse. "Enterprises and users are looking
for ways to improve productivity and reduce the cost of desktop
management. NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0 provides a more stable,
resource-efficient method of running Windows while providing the
security and performance advantages of Linux."
Although Linux has found great success as a server platform,
providing freedom, openness and a more stable, scalable, manageable
alternative to Windows NT, it has been generally recognized that
lack of applications on the desktop have inhibited Linux's
wide-scale adoption as a desktop platform. "Linux grew 24% to hold
27% share of the server operating environment market shipments in
IDC's preliminary findings for 2000," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's VP
of system software research. "Linux, on the other hand, held under
2% share of the client operating environment market shipments that
same year. It is clear that the availability of the most popular
desktop or client applications is an important factor holding back
the acceptance of Linux. Since many of the most popular
applications are only available on Microsoft's Windows family of
operating environments today, a product making these Windows
applications run reliably and perform well on Linux would go a long
way towards removing this impediment."
Win4Lin 3.0 can be purchased directly from www.netraverse.com (the
downloadable license key is available for $79.99 and the CD-ROM box
set with printed documentation is $89.99). Win4Lin can also be
purchased in national retail outlets and through its partners,
including CompUSA, Fry's Electronics, and Micro Center, as well as
online at LinuxMall, and LinuxCentral. Purchasers of Win4Lin 2.0
are eligible for a free upgrade to 3.0.
The NeTraverse product suite is derived from proven technologies
developed for UNIX(r) based operating systems, most notably those
of SCO, under the product name of Merge, and accounts for over
800,000 users worldwide.
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