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NeTraverse's Win4Lin 3.0 Ships

30 May 2001

NeTraverse announced the availability of its new, Win4Lin 3.0 software yesterday. Win4Lin let's you run software requiring the Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) on a machine actually running the Linux OS.

We have not checked Win4Lin 3.0, yet. However, here is a large excerpt of the 29 May 2001 NeTraverse Press Release announcing the availability of Win4Lin 3.0.

29 May 2001

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 (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.

About NeTraverse Inc.

NeTraverse Inc. is the market leader in bridging Windows(r) to Linux(r). Providing software solutions that enable Windows applications hosting on the Linux platform, NeTraverse offers innovative products and services to facilitate the seamless migration from Windows to Linux. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NeTraverse is bringing the Revolution to Desktop TCO(tm). For more information, please visit

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