Magic Earth Announces Leading Software on Linux Company to Offer New Bundled Software/Hardware PC Solution



    HOUSTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Magic Earth announced today its plan to
 offer the company's revolutionary visualization and interpretation
 application, GeoProbe(R), on the desktop Linux operating system.  The new
 application, GeoProbe 2.6, will be supported on selected models of the IBM(R)
 IntelliStation(R) running Linux, and will include the full suite of
 functionalities and tools available in the current GeoProbe release, as well
 as new features and enhancements.
     Magic Earth will deliver the new bundled software/hardware PC solution to
 customers in the first quarter of 2002.
     Commenting on the announcement, Yin L. Cheung, Magic Earth Executive Vice
 President and Director of Technology, said, "Magic Earth's Linux application
 marks a strategic move to expand our suite of scalable solutions and advances
 our on-going business objective to bring value to our customers through
 constant innovation.  Desktop Linux has emerged as a viable computing platform
 for businesses in the energy industry, and Magic Earth is responding to the
 growing demand for the reliability and low-cost structure that Linux offers.
 GeoProbe 2.6 on Linux is a complete solution with the same feature set, user
 interface and proven performance our customers have come to rely on in their
 visualization and interpretation workflow.  This new product provides the
 unique capabilities of our industry-leading software on a cost-effective
 desktop platform."
     Magic Earth is working with IBM to offer customized hardware
 configurations that optimize CPU, memory and graphics performance.  The
 combination of software and hardware will be offered as a full solution set,
 ready for work out of the box.
     John Sarsgard, IBM Vice President of Marketing and Sales-America, said,
 "We believe that the upstream energy market is an ideal candidate for rapid
 adoption of Linux, because Linux has shown unsurpassed ability to better
 manage the high-performance computing requirements of seismic processing and
 reservoir simulation.  We're pleased to be working with Magic Earth on this
 strategic initiative.  It offers many long-term benefits to our mutual
 customers."
     The new product offering will expand the list of bundled software/hardware
 solutions available from Magic Earth, and will provide customers with a
 broader range of seamless choices to fit their exploration technology needs -
 from very small datasets to the large regional-scale datasets common in the
 industry.
     Magic Earth will continue to develop and support GeoProbe on SGI hardware
 running IRIX, recognizing that the SGI(TM) Onyx(R) family of graphics
 supercomputers uniquely serves a critical need in the oil and gas industry -
 fast, interactive visualization of very large datasets.
     Magic Earth, Inc., headquartered in Houston, is a privately held company
 that specializes in state-of-the-art volume visualization and interpretation
 solutions including GeoProbe software, training, consultation services for
 interpretation projects and large-screen immersive visualization centers.
 Magic Earth's offices are located in Houston and Austin, Texas; and its
 Europe, Africa and Middle East subsidiary, Magic Earth Ltd., is based in
 London.
     For additional information about Magic Earth and GeoProbe, visit the
 company's website at www.magicearth.com .
 
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SOURCE Magic Earth, Inc.

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