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UnixReview.com: TransGaming WineX 2.1 [Review]

Sep 10, 2002, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)


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"Whenever the discussion of Linux vs. Microsoft surfaces, one of the historical arguments is about working with Word and Excel format documents. Packages like StarOffice and its freeware sibling, OpenOffice, have pretty much ended that argument. Bit by bit, the reasons for sticking with Microsoft are evaporating. One of the disadvantages of Linux, however, is still its inability to play many favorite games.

"This isn't to say that there aren't tons of games available under Linux; albeit most are non-commercial. The hot new games--the Warcrafts and Diablos of the world that use DirectX--have been problematic. However, TransGaming Technologies Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario has created a solution called WineX. Its portability product makes it possible for popular Windows games to run under Linux, but they aren't just doing it for the gamers. TransGaming is working with game developers to speed cross-platform deployment of hot new titles by providing the magic necessary to run under Linux without spending the months or years required to create such a game.

"To get your copy of WineX, start by visiting www.transgaming.com and registering. TransGaming offers its pre-compiled WineX packages by subscription. The cost is $5.00 per month with a minimum of three months. In exchange, you get access to a pre-packaged product, technical support, and participation on the company forums. Furthermore, you are granted a vote that can help influence the direction of the company. I got out my credit card, signed on, and a few minutes later, I had my WineX binaries..."

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