By William Fellows Windows-on-Unix shop Mainsoft Inc will also become a Windows-on- Linux shop early next year when it begins selling a version of its MainWin program to developers who want to port programs written for Windows on to the open source operating system. The company is also readying a suite of products called MainWin […]
By William Fellows
Windows-on-Unix shop Mainsoft Inc will also become a Windows-on- Linux shop early next year when it begins selling a version of its MainWin program to developers who want to port programs written for Windows on to the open source operating system.
The company is also readying a suite of products called MainWin 2000 that will support the porting of Windows 2000 programs to Unix and Linux. Those products will ship late next year. Its various contracts with Microsoft – Mainsoft is one of a shrinking number of ISVs Microsoft had blessed to support its software on third party platforms – also give its access to the future 64-bit version of NT.
President and CEO Yaacov Cohen has high hopes that MainWin for Linux will drive business applications on to Linux. They are what the operating system sorely lacks and needs in short order if it is to establish itself as a credible commercial computing platform.
At the same time the company is finalizing a round of venture funding which Cohen says he will use to develop Mainsoft’s sales and marketing effort. He says the company has until now focused primarily on research and development and attracting large ISV contracts. His plan is to target smaller ISVs that will bring a wider range of NT applications to Unix and Linux.
He believes that because Windows NT is winning as a development platform, – there are claimed to be 100,000 programs available for NT – that MainWin will find greater use as the mechanism for deploying these applications on to multiple platforms.
Cohen, Mainsoft’s former CTO, is relocating to the US to take control of operations and strategy. Former CEO Ivor Share is moved upstairs as executive vice chairman and will be responsible for the company’s overall financial strategy and business model. Mainsoft’s research and development is carried out in Israel.
MainWin for Linux will be the functional equivalent of MainWin for Unix, incorporating around six million lines of NT code, on to which Mainsoft has grafted another one million. What is and will be available for Solaris and HP-UX, including Active Directory, will find its way on to Linux, Cohen says. He claims that Mainsoft has sold one million licenses.
A demo version of MainWin for Linux will be available in a few weeks. The full-blown product is due by the end of the first quarter.