Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 22nd May 2002 04:45 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Some days ago we hosted a head to head review of Bochs, VMWare Workstation and VirtualPC. I received a number of emails asking why I haven't included Netraverse's Win4Lin in the article. The main reason was because Win4Lin is not an emulator in the "traditional" sense of the word; neither it runs under Windows XP, where our previous test were conducted. In fact, Win4Lin can only run Dos and Win9x/ME, under Linux. We got hold of the brand new version of Win4Lin, version 4.0, and here is our review accompanied by some screenshots we grabbed for you.
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Re: Performance
by Eugenia on Wed 22nd May 2002 20:54 UTC

> Which one is correct?

Tom's hardware ran individual benchmarks which showed Win4Lin operating (depending on the test) from something like 50% of the native perforance up to 90%. This means that depending what you run, you will get Win4Lin to run almost as fast as a native installation, down to 2 times slower.

I did not make individual benchmark tests like Tom's Hardware did. I just USED Win98SE with many different applications. My findings, with these "everyday applications" I used, were that Win4Lin is almost as fast as the real thing.

Speed-wise, it leaves VMWare in the dust. If you read my VMWare/VirtualPC review, I say there that VirtualPC is *unusable* running KDE 2 on Red Hat 7.2 under WinXP, while VMWare is just bearable/usable. But none of these can claim the adjective: fast.

Win4Lin can. For what it does and how it operates, it is MORE than "fast enough". It is almost as fast as the real thing.

> I wish there was some emulator/virtualizer/simulator that would let me run DirectX games on a Linux host.

I agree. This should be the next big challenge for the Netraverse people.