PASADENA, Calif., PARIS and TORONTO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft
(www.mandrakesoft.com), 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 www.winehq.com. 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 http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more information.
ABOUT TRANSGAMING TECHNOLOGIES:
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 www.transgaming.com 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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