Lycoris 1.4 integrates Windows apps support

Lycoris 1.4 integrates Windows apps support

Summary: The desktop Linux release allows Microsoft applications to run without paying for a Windows licence

Running Windows applications on a Linux desktop has become a little easier with the release of PowerPak 1.4 by Linux vendor Lycoris. Following a deal with software developer CodeWeavers in June, Window-to-Linux software has been integrated with Lycoris' Linux desktop.

Jon Parshall, chief operating officer at CodeWeavers, said on Thursday that the integrated software will make migration to Linux easier for Windows users and will save on licensing costs.

"Our system does not require a fully licensed copy of the Windows operating system, unlike other emulation solutions," said Parshall. "The system works by spoofing Microsoft applications so they think they are on a Windows PC."

He said the system makes the transition to Linux for home users or small businesses easier as they can continue using Word or Excel. Parshall claims that Windows applications can be run at native speed because the CodeWeaver application is integrated into the Lycoris file system.

James Governer, a software analyst at Red Monk, said he thinks that packaging Lycoris with CodeWeaver is a big step forward, but that the release is less likely to appeal to Linux fans as it is less flexible than other Linux distributions.

"Most distros throw in everything including the kitchen sink when it comes to media handling, productivity tools and so on. SuSE, for example, packages pretty much every piece of relevant open-source code available. This is not an offering for Linux fans," he said.

Lycoris PowerPak 1.4 is priced at $75 (£40.95) and is available online from the company's Web site.

Topics: Apps, Software Development

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  • Hi
    Installing John Deere Office into my desktop PC (win 98se) the licence terms state that the jdoffice software shall only be run on a Microsoft platform. ----- How will that be possible in an interoperability layer like Wine.
    John Deere Office is an important part of Greenstar farming system.
    The license it self appears to be very restricive in attempting to control where it is run.
    Is that legal in most countries?
    Has anyone even read the licence terms before agreeing to them?

    How far would Shell Oil co get it it would only let us use their fuel in a Ford?
  • Have you talked to John Deere Office about what that means exactly? ... "shall only be run on" can mean "can" (i.e., it is only able to be run on) as well as the more restrictive meaning you are asking about.

    It may be that they are concerned that you don't try to decompile the program in order to get it to work on a different platform. Another possibility is that they offer some kind of technical support and those support folks are only familiar with Windows systems. So if you use it on another platform and have troubles getting it to work, they won't guarantee they can help you.

    However, rather than conjecture, it would be a good idea to find out exactly what it is they mean by that by asking them.

    There is a legal issue concerning the fact that most proprietary software won't let you read the terms of the license until it is too late to refuse them (i.e., you must open the shrink wrap first). It is unfortunate, therefore, that a lot of people don't bother to read the terms under which they're supposed to use a product.

    With regard to Linux, Lycoris is an excellent distribution for the rank newbie, but if you're already comfortable with computers, you may find it too restrictive in terms of what you can do.

    Distributions like SuSE and Mandrake combine lots of user-friendly tools for folks new to Linux with the full flexibility and ease of use that comes with time and experience in using Linux. So you get a lot of hand-holding while you're still inexperienced with the full ability to use Linux as an expert when you finally become one.

    This is just to let you know that there are differences in how Linux distributions are set up. You are in the best position to know what it is you're looking for and what it is you need from your operating system.

    The CodeWeavers product is sold separately and can be installed on any Linux system. It is an excellent product and they provide technical support with it.