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Don't confuse the products

Posted by: Administrator on April 27, 2007 10:38 PM
I think it's important to keep straight the fact that the Win4Lin product from 2000 (now called Win4Lin 9x) is not the same product as Win4Lin Professional.

The 9x product, also sold as Win4Lin Home is based on SCO Merge and allowed Win9x and DOS applications to run side-by-side with Linux applications. It, however, required use of a patched kernel and a proprietary module (mki_adapter).

The Professional product is based on Qemu and is a more traditional virtualized Windows environment. It also requires a kernel module (kqemu) to operate.

For the past several months, there have been serious questions as to Virtual Bridge's commitment to the Win4Lin 9x and Win4Lin Home products. Official kernel patches have not been available since approximately 2.6.14. At various times, third parties have stepped in with unofficial patches, the most recent being 58th Street Development at <a href="http://www.win4lin9x-support.com/" title="win4lin9x-support.com">http://www.win4lin9x-support.com/</a win4lin9x-support.com>. This lack of support has also caused Win4Lin out-of-the-box compatibility to be dropped from Linspire/Freespire and other distos. The whole issue has been of great consternation to those of us who took advantage of the $29.99 Win4Lin Home offer only to find we had purchased what was effectively an abandoned product.

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