First Linux PC To Run All Windows Apps Unveiled

“Element Computer, the company that created the world’s first sub-$1000 tablet PC, has overcome the final barrier for Linux adoption on desktops by mainstream businesses.

The company has unveiled the worlds first Linux desktop OS, called ION, which can run all Windows executables at top speeds, using a new WinLauncher technology powered by Win4Lin from Netraverse”

ION OS will run all Windows 95/98/Me applications, including Macromedia Flash MX, Adobe, Quark Express, and Microsoft Office.

News source: CXOtoday As of July 1st, all Element Computer laptops, tablets, and PCs will become Win enabled, and allow users to copy and paste between Linux and Windows applications on the same desktop, combined with filesystem integration and common’ My Documents’, drives and printers. However, a severe delimiter is the fact that the OS will sell only on pre-installed Element Computer machines.

“ION represents a gigantic leap forward for vertical markets and companies migrating to Linux who need select Windows-only applications, but crave the total cost of ownership, stability and security of Linux,” states Ed Volz, vice president of sales for Element.

ION OS will run all Windows 95/98/Me applications, including Macromedia Flash MX, Adobe, Quark Express, and Microsoft Office.

WinLauncher gives the user a special trimmed-down session of Windows which allows them to use the “Add/Remove Programs” feature to natively install any Windows application, and have access to it. Windows applications essentially are running under Windows, but in a sand box that protects the Linux environment, allowing Windows reboots in seconds if needed.

WinLauncher will support Windows 2000 and XP programs by December 2004, and features integrated Linux copy/paste between Linux and Windows applications on the ION desktop. Plus Element has integrated the My Documents and My Computer on the Windows application side with the Linux desktop so that all Windows applications actually access the Linux filesystem, network, printers and drives.

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