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Gamespy.com: Interview with CEO Gavriel State of Transgaming Technologies

Mar 25, 2001, 19:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Hills)

"Linux really shines in regards to the ingenuity expressed by the millions of developers. One project that has received much attention over the years is Wine (which is a popular way to run Windows applications in Linux. Up until recently though, no one was really focused on making it work well for games. This is where TransGaming comes in, and brings with it a new approach to bringing AAA titles to Linux. Gavriel State, the CEO of Transgaming, formerly worked at Corel, so he is no stranger to working with mainstream developers who are looking to enter the Linux market. This experience should allow Transgaming to be successful in their endeavor to bring games to Linux, just as he was successful at helping Corel bring their applications to Linux."

"Many people have suggested that the main reason why Linux isn't valued as a gaming platform is because it lacks the constant stream of AAA titles that gamers enjoy in Windows. Could you briefly describe what Transgaming is working on, and how it will help resolve that issue?"

"Gavriel State: Essentially, TransGaming's work allows gamers to take off-the-shelf Windows games and run them directly under Linux. It won't run every game out there at first, but 100% compatibility is our long-term goal."

"To accomplish this, we have been working on a new Linux implementation of the DirectX multimedia APIs. Our work is closely tied with the Wine project -- an Open Source effort to implement the Microsoft Windows APIs on Linux -- in essence, a Windows compatibility layer...."

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