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Matrox Graphics introduces PowerDesk for Linux

May 31, 2001, 21:00 (51 Talkback[s])

Press Release -- Montreal, Canada, May 31st, 2001-- Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the release of Matrox PowerDesk for Linux, an open source Graphical User Interface (GUI) based utility, providing Matrox Linux users with a faster more efficient means of managing their desktops.

"As the adoption of Linux among corporate and novice users grows, we wanted to provide consumers with a desktop interface that is easy to use and free of the sometimes complex coding required under the OS," said Alain Thiffault, Matrox Global Software Manager. "PowerDesk for Linux will dramatically increase productivity by allowing Linux users to change their desktop settings using our point and click GUI, which is far more efficient then the current text-based approach."

Now, Matrox Linux users can easily configure Matrox DualHead features such as Multi-Display, Clone, and TV Output , as well as make monitor adjustments to resolution settings, pixel depths, and refresh rates. With PowerDesk for Linux, users simply load this utility along with the accompanying driver and can then point and click to enable a desired feature, avoiding the errors that can occur when configuration files are entered manually.

The Matrox open source PowerDesk for Linux runs under XFree86 versions 4.0.2 and 4.0.3 and is compatible with all Matrox G200 , G400 and G450 based graphics cards. It can be downloaded for free from the Matrox driver page at: http://www.matrox.com/mga/support/drivers/home.cfm.

Matrox is a strong supporter of Linux with a dedicated team devoted to further enhancing its compatibility and feature support. Matrox released specifications for its various Millennium graphics cards in 1997, 1998, and 1999 and became the first graphics card company to support single-slot dual-display cards on the Linux operating system in 2000.

TV output support is currently limited to G400 board level products only. Please consult the Matrox website for details www.matrox.com/mga Compatibility is dependent upon board level product. In the case of the G200 board level products, support does not include the MMS product line

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