"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..."