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OfB.biz: Win4Lin 5.0: A Real Win for Linux Users

Jun 20, 2003, 03:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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"About a month ago, NeTraverse contacted OfB Labs with an early release copy of Win4Lin 5.0, the follow-up to the already impressive Win4Lin 4.0 released in May 2002. Win4Lin, for those not familiar with it, offers near-native (or better) speed 'virtualization' of a Windows box so that one can run Windows 9x (95/98/Me) inside GNU/Linux.

"As can be inferred from our previous review of the aforementioned version 4.0 and NeTraverse's receipt of our Open Choice 2002 award for best legacy migration tool last July, we have been very pleased with Win4Lin in the past. At this juncture it might have improved the excitement of this review if I could add, 'but our pleasant feelings towards Win4Lin quickly evaporated when we attempted to install 5.0.' It would sound good, as I said, but it would be a lie: in Win4Lin 5.0 everything worked at least as well as in 4.0--and in many cases, better.

"To get started, we decided to present Win4Lin with one of the toughest challenges a piece of software ever faces, the upgrade installation mode. Rather than remove 4.0 from our lab machine, we attempted an upgrade install. Not one to disappoint, NeTraverse's installer automatically detected our previous installation and offered the option to do the upgrade..."

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