Win4Lin is licenced per concurrent user (when you invoke it, the
software checks that the limit isn't being exceeded). Win4Lin enables
you to run MS-Windows under Linux, so once you have installed Win4Lin,
you then have to install a copy of MS-Windows (if you're migrating from
MS-Windows, you'll already have that).
I recommend Win4Lin for people migrating from MS-Windows to Linux, where
you already have legacy MS-Windows-only applications that you are trying
to migrate from. It leaves you a lifeline so you can always run the
legacy app in an emergency.
As many others have commented, your target for office software should be
OpenOffice.org. Remember that OOo is multi-platform, so you can install
it and test it out under MS-Windows before making the step to Linux.
On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 13:41:31 -0700
Steve Hargadon <steve.hargadon@...> wrote:
> I called Codeweavers, reached a salesperson who knew all about LTSP,
> and got a quote immediately for a school needing to use Office at $38
> each user.
> I called NeTraverse, talked to a salesperson who had never heard about
> LTSP, didn't feel comfortable answering any questions, and asked me to
> send an email to get sales help for any terminal server questions....
> His pricing was $78/user, and didn't have any information about
> educational discounts. Yikes.
> What is the licensing for Win4Lin on LTSP? I'm assuming you need a
> license per user when loaded on LTSP?
> On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 21:03:48 +0100, John McCreesh
> <jpmcc@...> wrote:
> > On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 15:06:34 +0200
> > "Wyatt Rowe" <wyattr@...> wrote:
> > > BlankHi All,
> > >
> > > I am busy investigating replacing a Citrix Metaframe 1.8 server
> > > with LTSP and only really have one issue - I need to keep MS
> > > Office 97, specifically Excel 97, to run as an application on
> > > LTSP. This unfortunately is a prerequisite and there is no other
> > > option but to keep Excel 97 due to the clients needs. I can not
> > > even change them over to Office 2000 or XP.
> > >
> > > I have not installed LTSP for testing yet and am merely
> > > investigating my options at this stage. I am thinking along the
> > > lines of using WINE on LTSP to get this working, dose anyone know
> > > offhand if this will work or have any other suggestions.
> > Wine may work for you - it never has for me. If you don't mind
> > spending some money, the commercial product CrossOver Office
> > http://www.codeweavers.com/site/products/cxoffice/ may be a safer
> > bet, although I admit I haven't tried it personally on LTSP or
> > otherwise.
> > What I have used for a number of years on LTSP is another commercial
> > product, Win4Lin, http://www.netraverse.com/products/win4lin50/
> > which runs like a dream on LTSP and has run any MS-Windows software
> > I have tried on it.
> > However, with the increasing quality of OpenOffice.org, I can't
> > remember the last time I kicked off Win4Lin to run Word or Excel.
> > Unless your clients have some hideous Excel macros or third-party
> > plug-ins, I'd give OpenOffice.org a serious look.
> > John