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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Price
by tpv on Thu 23rd May 2002 07:03 UTC

The price is a bit of a kicker for me.

You can get an old PC for that price, and run VNC.
So, if you just want to run some smaller Windows apps, then it's probably not worth buying Win4Lin

It only becomes useful if you only want to have 1 machine, either because you're investing so much money into getting a high-end box, or for space/heat/noise/complaints-from-sig-other reasons. And given that Win9x is only going to support 1 CPU, and without directX, your nice gfx card isn't going to do a lot, a large portion of the high-end box is wasted anyway.

I like the idea of Win4Lin
I'd be interested in it to run some old dos/windows stuff that I don't want to bother rebooting for, but at that price, for my needs, a separate machine is more useful.

I'm sure the price is fair - they've obviously put a lot of work into this, but is it compelling?
Not for me.