MandrakeSoft & TransGaming Bring Top-Selling PC Game, Electronic Arts' The Sims(TM), to Linux(TM)

Forges Foundation for Expansion of Windows(R) Games and Applications Running

Directly on Linux PCs

Product: Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition, featuring The Sims(TM)

Ship Date: November 9th, 2001

MSRP: USD $69.99

Description: The Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition bundles one of the

world's most popular games with the award winning Linux operating system

by MandrakeSoft. Powered by TransGaming Technologies' innovative and

unique portability technology layer, WineX, this marks the first time

Electronic Arts'(R) chart-topping 3D-simulation game, The Sims(TM), is

available under Linux.

Oct 22, 2001, 01:00 ET from MandrakeSoft

    PASADENA, Calif., PARIS and TORONTO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft
 (, publisher of the premier, user-friendly Mandrake Linux
 operating system, and TransGaming Technologies, developers of software
 portability solutions that seamlessly allow cutting edge games to operate on
 the Linux platform, announce the release of the Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition.
 Designed specifically for gamers, this release bundles Mandrake Linux 8.1
 Standard Edition, the newest version of the award winning Mandrake Linux
 operating system, with Electronic Arts' The Sims(TM), the wildly popular
 virtual simulation game that allows players to create a neighborhood of
 simulated people known as "Sims" and control their lives.
     The TransGaming portability technology incorporated with the Mandrake
 Linux Gaming Edition enables Linux players of The Sims to fully interact with
 the Windows based Sims wndled with the Mandrake
 Linux Gaming Edition, TransGaming's portability technology and subscription
 services also allow users to play many other popular Windows games, some of
 which are listed but not included in the package.
     The Windows version of The Sims skyrocketed to the top of the charts when
 it was released in February 2000 and has become a universal gaming and
 cultural phenomenon. It was the best selling PC game in North America in 2000
 and has maintained the number 1 position in 2001 according to NPD INTELECT.
 Translated into 13 languages, The Sims has sold over four million units
 worldwide. This MandrakeSoft release marks the first time ever that the
 popular game will be available on the Linux desktop. It also marks the debut
 of a partnership between MandrakeSoft, the retail sales leader for the U.S.
 Linux market, and TransGaming Technologies, a relationship targeted to
 bringing Linux further into the PC desktop mainstream.
     "Games have always been crucial in popularizing operating systems," notes
 Frederic Bastok, co-founder of MandrakeSoft. "Partnerships between leading
 companies such as MandrakeSoft, TransGaming, and Electronic Arts will make the
 Linux PC desktop a much more attractive option for those considering a switch.
 We also share the excitement of those who already use Linux, as they can now
 fully enjoy game on their desktop. This is just the beginning. Powered by
 TransGaming's WineX portability technology, we expect to see a succession of
 key applications within and beyond the gaming market coming to the PC Linux
 desktop. We hope that 'dual-boot' users who have straddled the Linux and
 Windows worlds will now see that they can plant both feet firmly on Linux
     Over the next 3 years, IDC expects Linux shipments to grow at a rate of
 28% overall. Companies in the Linux community recognize that expanding key
 application segments such as gaming is critical to continued success and the
 mainstream adoption of Linux as the operating platform of choice.
     "TransGaming's WineX portability layer is innovative and 'breakthrough'
 technology, since it allows applications originally designed for Windows to
 run on Linux without the need for an expensive and time-consuming overhaul of
 the source code," explains Vikas Gupta, President & Chief Operating Officer of
 TransGaming Technologies. "We are the only company in the world, to the best
 of our knowledge, that can do what we do. What other companies can accomplish
 in two years, TransGaming can achieve in two months. Our portability
 technology, pioneered by TransGaming's founder, Gavriel State in collaboration
 with the Wine community, allows games and business software applications that
 were originally designed for other platforms to function on Linux in a
 completely seamless and transparent manner. We believe this to be a tremendous
 milestone in the evolution of the open source initiative."
     All this is possible thanks to the TransGaming Technologies' WineX
 portability technology, based on Wine, which is making its commercial debut in
 this MandrakeSoft release. TransGaming is actively developing improvements to
 the Wine project to achieve full compatibility with the Microsoft(R)
 DirectX(R) APIs without sacrificing any performance. Wine is an implementation
 of the Microsoft(R) Win32(R) APIs on top of UNIX and X-Windows; in essence, it
 is a Windows(R) compatibility layer. Wine is an Open Source project, and has a
 web site of its own at It does not require Microsoft Windows
 to be installed.
     MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
 technology and open source developers. The company offers customers in the
 small office, home office (SoHo), small and medium size enterprise, government
 and educational sectors a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and
 related services, and user-friendly and highly competitive information
 technologies at a very attractive total cost of ownership. In addition,
 MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open software and courseware a
 trusted channel to offer their services.
     The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and entered the Paris
 Euronext Marche Libre on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear code:  4477.PA; Reuters
 code:  MAKE.PA). Awards for the Mandrake Linux solution include:
     -- Linux Magazine "Editor's Choice" Award in September 2001 & 2000
     -- CNET editors' choice award in June 2001
     -- Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.
     -- "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux Distribution/Server" at
        LinuxWorld Expo 99
     -- PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000
     "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters
 in the U.S.A., Montreal, England, Germany and France. Please visit the Web
 site for more information.
     TransGaming Technologies develops unique software portability solutions
 that seamlessly allow high demand games to operate on the Linux platform.
 Coupled with additional products and services that cater to both the avid
 gamer and the casual to sophisticated Linux user, TransGaming's objective is
 to deliver the highest-quality, highest-demand gaming titles to the Linux
 community. The company was founded in 2000 and has offices in Ottawa and
 Toronto, Canada. See for more information.
     NOTE:  Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Mandrake and the
 Mandrake logo are trademarks of MandrakeSoft. TransGaming and WineX are
 trademarks of TransGaming Technologies. Electronic Arts, The Sims, SimCity, EA
 GAMES, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the
 U.S. and/or other countries. EA GAMES(TM) and Maxis(TM) are Electronic Arts
 brands. All other trademarks and copyrights are owned by their respective
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