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Win4Lin

Win4Lin integrates the Microsoft Windows 95/98 operating environment into the host Linux environment, allowing users to access both Linux and Windows applications. It runs on a range of systems, from modest boxes to high-end Linux servers.

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  •  20 Jun 2003 08:52

    No changes have been submitted for this release.

    •  30 May 2002 22:34

      Release Notes: This release has support for Windows Millennium Edition (Windows ME), support for the full install version of US English Windows Millennium Edition, easier resizing of the Win4Lin window, Asian Language Support for Windows98SE (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions of Windows 98SE), wheel mouse support, large Windows memory footprint, correct CPU identification, and increased application support.

      •  11 Jun 2001 18:41

        Release Notes: This release adds Network Neighborhood support, and the ability to assign a separate IP address to your Windows session. A new, easy-to-use graphical installer automates installation, registration, and upgrades. The 2.4 Linux kernel is now supported.

        •  28 Nov 2000 01:42

          Release Notes: This release adds sound support, multiple processor support, and improved serial/parallel support.

          •  01 Apr 2000 22:23

            Release Notes: Just released, first version.

            Recent comments

            20 Jan 2002 15:35 Shatai

            Re: Different from WINE?

            > How is Win4Lin different from WINE,
            > except that it's not free?


            WINE is an implementation of the Windows API and also allows the execution of Windows applications through this pseudo-emulation layer. Win4Lin infact emulates the entire operating system to allow for programs to execute in a stable, running copy of Windows(emulated, but this paradigm is far more intelligent and workable than emulating the programs on a per application basis.) WINE is far less contained and secure than Win4Lin, also. Does that help answer your question?

            01 Jul 2001 14:10 northavonnerd

            Re: 2.4.x kernel and deb support?

            > Win4lin is an excelent peice of software
            > and runs
            > windows stuff better than windows
            > :-)
            >
            > However, when is support going to be
            > released for
            > the 2.4.x kernels!? 2.4.x has been out
            > for almost
            > 3 months now as 'stable' and yet there
            > is still no
            > sign of even a beta of the kernel
            > modules. It
            > wouldn't bother me so much if it was
            > being
            > developed as open source, but its not,
            > and I
            > assume people are being paid to work
            > on it!!
            >
            > Also, the lack of deb support in the
            > latest
            > versions is a shame although it is
            > possible to
            > modify the install scripts and remove
            > all
            > references to rpm.
            >
            > I am sure these are things that will
            > change, but a
            > little more haste would be greatly
            > appreciated!
            >
            > sam


            well of course win4lin version 3.0 with 2.4.x series and M$ network support did eventually come out (early June IIRC) and then the next topic inevitably moved up the users' wishlist! ...

            I find W4L an excellent product much less resource hungry than some alternatives (I have a slack4/win4lin/win95 installtion on a 24 Mb DX4-100 laptop - try that with VmWare!). And it's much more stable with horrid M$ Office products that I sometimes have to use, than wine.

            I'm sorry to learn that Debian users consider they're poorly served by the unholy practice of distributing in rpm only - but us benighted slack users have had to come to terms with it long ago.

            So far everything I've seriously wanted to install that came in rpm format I've managed to, including several versions of win4lin - and one learns a lot in the process. But that's life^H^H^H^Hslack

            23 Mar 2001 23:11 muelas1

            2.4.x kernel and deb support?
            Win4lin is an excelent peice of software and runs

            windows stuff better than windows :-)

            However, when is support going to be released for

            the 2.4.x kernels!? 2.4.x has been out for almost

            3 months now as 'stable' and yet there is still no

            sign of even a beta of the kernel modules. It

            wouldn't bother me so much if it was being

            developed as open source, but its not, and I

            assume people are being paid to work on it!!

            Also, the lack of deb support in the latest

            versions is a shame although it is possible to

            modify the install scripts and remove all

            references to rpm.

            I am sure these are things that will change, but a

            little more haste would be greatly appreciated!

            sam

            02 Aug 2000 17:50 ironwolve

            Works great.
            Haha, did think it was a joke also.

            Same folks who did Merge for SCO.
            Just compile in kernel, and go.

            Optimized for Office applications, network support via winsock.dll (replacement).

            Not for gamers, but for Business customers.
            FAST!

            06 Apr 2000 00:49 davepeet

            Re: Different from WINE?
            Click on the link "Win4Lin 1.0" in the "announcements" box above. This thread
            has more discussions about Win4Lin.
            Down a ways is a posting that has an excerpt from a page on the TreLOS web site:

            http://www.trelos.com/trelos/Trelos/Products/Win4Lin_Whitepaper.htm
            The excerpt discusses the difference between Win4Lin, VMWare and WINE.
            Refer to the entire document on the TreLOS web site for an overview of how
            Win4Lin works. All the Win4Lin documentation is on the site as well
            as a searchable FAQs database. So please peruse the site because it
            has a LOT of info about Win4Lin.

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