Product of the Day: NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0 and Server Standard Edition

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Product: NeTraverse Win4Lin and Server Standard EditionManufacturer: NeTraverse, Inc.Address: P.O. Box 162665          Austin, Texas 78716Telephone: 512-228-2000E-Mail: sales@netraverse.comURL:

NeTraverse Win4Lin

As the leading provider of software solutions for enabling Windows application hosting on the Linux platform, NeTraverse now offers this functionality for both single-user and multiuser Linux-based configurations. The widely-acclaimed NeTraverse Win4Lin supports individual desktops, while NeTraverse Server Standard Edition brings robust and secure Windows applications hosting to networked environments. The NeTraverse products are derived from proven technology that has been in continuous development over the last 15 years and that has been deployed to over 800,000 UNIX users worldwide since the first release of Windows.

With the NeTraverse products, Linux users can instantly take advantage of the Windows applications required for their businesses. Software developers can claim compatibility with Linux, without costly development effort. The Windows applications are installed and operate on Linux without any programming changes.

The NeTraverse product suite delivers the fastest and most cost-effective, resource-efficient, high-performance solution for running Windows applications on Linux - NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0 and NeTraverse Server Standard Edition.

NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0

Imagine being able to run your favorite Windows® applications on the Linux® operating system in the fastest Windows 95/98 environment for Linux.

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.

NeTraverse Win4Lin 3.0 is available directly from NeTraverse at The downloadable license key is available for $79.99 and the CD-ROM box set with printed documentation is $89.99 plus shipping*. Although evaluation copies of Win4Lin are not available, NeTraverse offers a 30-day money back guarantee and full purchase refund upon request for purchases made directly from NeTraverse at (If purchasing from a retail outlet, please check with the retail outlet for that store's return policies.)

*An internet connection is required to download and install the the license key version of Win4Lin. Due to CD-ROM manufacturing lead-times, all kernels in the supported distributions lists may not be on the CD-ROM in the boxed set version of Win4Lin and therefore, depending on the distribution, an internet connection may be required while installing from the CD-ROM version in order to retrieve the latest program and kernel releases.

  • Windows Networking Support:

    • Networking via the Linux® IP stack (WinSock)

    • Virtual Network Card emulation (VNET) support including Network

    • Neighborhood and Microsoft Exchange with optional 2nd IP address

  • New easy-to-use graphical installer - New!

  • Automates installation, registration & upgrades

  • Kernel 2.4.x support - New !

  • Downloads new kernels via installer

List of Popular Application Support

  • Microsoft® Office Suite

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Intuit® Quicken

  • Intuit TurboTax

  • Lotus® SmartSuite

  • Adobe®Photoshop

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • Netscape® Navigator

  • Palm Desktop

  • Winamp

  • Windows Media Player

  • ACT!

Additional Features

  • European language support for localized versions of Windows 95/98

  • Symmetric multi-processing (SMP) configurations

  • Sound playback support

Supported Distributions
  • Red Hat® Linux® - 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, 7.1,7.2,7.3

  • Caldera® OpenLinux - 2.3

  • Caldera eDesktop - 2.4, 3.1

  • SuSE® Linux - 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3

  • Linux Mandrake® - 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1

  • Turbo Linux - 7.0

  • Connectiva - 7.0

  • Generic Kernels - 2.2.16, 2.2.17, 2.2.18, 2.2.19, 2.4.x

NeTraverse adds support for major distributions and kernels as they are made available. For the latest list of supported distributions, please visit our web site.

Features Not Currently Supported

Current versions of Win4Lin do not support the DirectX multimedia Application Programming Interface (API), including the DirectDraw component of DirectX. Most games programmed for Windows use this API and thus are not supported under Win4Lin. Additionally, DOS VGA (video graphics array) applications do not work with Win4Lin in DOS emulation mode. Currently only the sound features of RealPlayer 8 are supported by Win4Lin, as this version uses DirectX for video display. You should download an earlier version of RealPlayer if you wish to use its video features with Win4Lin.

Win4Lin provides support for PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) sound output only. PCM allows Windows .wav files as well as many multimedia players to play sound. Windows sound input, Midi, Mixer, and CD players are not currently supported.

Win4Lin supports only US, Western European, and some Eastern European versions of Windows 95, Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, and Windows 98 SE. Media must be installable on any computer and not tied to a machine-specific BIOS. Windows NT, and Windows 2000 are not supported at this time. Support for Windows ME is scheduled for mid-2002. Keyboard, mouse, sound, disk, and display devices are supported in Win4Lin via the existing Linux drivers. Serial (COM) port and parallel port devices can be accessed via Win4Lin virtual device drivers. USB support is limited to keyboard, mouse, display, sound, printer, floppy, CD-ROM, and hard disks via the Linux driver for these devices. Win4Lin does not provide support for the NetBEUI or IPX networking protocols.

Win4Lin does not currently support using NFS, or other remote file systems, as the C:\ drive in Windows.

NeTraverse Server Standard Edition

NeTraverse brings the best of the Linux® computing platform and the Windows desktop environment to users in a networked environment through NeTraverse Server Standard Edition (NSSE). Leveraging one of the most stable, scalable server platforms to deliver Windows application services over a network, NSSE is ideally suited for the professional office, small business, university, government agency, department or branch office looking for innovative ways to reduce the cost of ownership and extend the life of their current technology investments.

With NeTraverse Server, users access their Server desktop session through a standard Linux X Window System, or through the NeTraverse Universal Client, which permits access to Windows® sessions on Windows-based computers, or most OS clients over the WAN or Internet. The NeTraverse server can serve a virtual Windows session to a universal client running Java (a Java-enabled web browser) via a web page. This simple option allows a myriad of operating systems to access these applications through the Java-enabled browsers they are already familiar with. In today's conventional computing model, applications live on the desktop. By moving the application from the desktop to the network, developers can now make an application as easily accessible as a web page. With NeTraverse, IT departments can finally take advantage of a multi-vendor, multi-platform network, without forcing their users to leave the familiar Windows desktop environment.

By utilizing the robust services of Linux®, Windows performs remarkably well, with increased stability and security. Executing Windows in the application space of Linux helps protect the system from Windows application failures. Layering Windows over the Linux file and networking systems enhances performance, strength, and security. By deploying NeTraverse Server Standard Edition, organizations can use their existing Window licenses and hardware, reducing costs and increasing productivity by migrating to a more reliable, cost-effective and high-performance Linux computing platform that gives users the power to access their data anytime, anywhere.

NeTraverse Server Standard Edition not only provides the invaluable freedom and flexibility to break away from traditional Windows IT solutions, it ensures the significant cost savings necessary to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership of desktop management for good.

For more information or to request an evaluation copy, please visit our web site or contact our sales department at


User Benefits

  • Windows application support

  • Limited training for current Windows users

  • High performance of Windows applications

  • Increased stability and security

System Administrator Benefits

  • Runs Windows 95/98 desktop to network-enabled computers on the LAN

  • Centralized file storage

  • Centralized desktop administration

  • Increase data availability and remote availability

  • Single point software deployment

  • Control access to applications using underlying Linux permissions

Enterprise Benefits

  • Dramatically lower desktop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

  • Gives users the power to access, create and store information anytime, anywhere

  • Pooled computing resources

  • Reduced operations cost, improved productivity

Windows Networking Support

  • Networking via the Linux® IP stack (WinSock)

  • Virtual Network Card emulation (VNET) support including Network

  • Neighborhood and Microsoft Exchange with optional 2nd IP address


Run Windows Applications on Linux

  • Run Windows applications on your Linux desktop at native speeds

  • Navigate the Windows desktop in full-screen mode as you would in native Windows

Run Windows and Linux Concurrently

  • Browse Windows and Linux directories, files and folders using the Linux file system

  • Windows shares memory like other Linux processes

  • Uses TCP/IP stack directly

  • No network services such as Samba needed

Windows Networking Support

  • Networking via the Linux IP (Winsock) communication protocols

  • Virtual Network card emulation (VNET) support including Network

  • Neighborhood and Microsoft Exchange

New Easy-to-User Graphical Installer

  • Automates installation, registration and upgrades

Supported Operating Systems
  • Red Hat® Linux® - 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, 7.1,7.2,7.3*

  • Caldera® OpenLinux - 2.3

  • Caldera eDesktop - 2.4, 3.1

  • SuSE® Linux - 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3*

  • Linux Mandrake® - 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1

  • Turbo Linux - 7.0

  • Connectiva - 7.0

  • Generic Kernels - 2.2.16, 2.2.17, 2.2.18, 2.2.19, 2.4.x*

Base Service Installation Requirements

  • A Pentium-class x86-compatible PC

  • A Linux distribution with a NeTraverse-enabled kernel

  • NSSE Installation Files (CD-ROM or downloadable RPMs)

  • Microsoft Windows 95 or 98 CD and one license per user

  • Microsoft Windows Boot Floppy (If the Windows 95 or 98 CD is not bootable)


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