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TransGaming Subscriptions Go Live, Gavriel State Interviewed

Oct 23, 2001, 02:20 (2 Talkback[s])

An anonymous reader wrote:

"It appears that TransGaming's new website is up, including the keystone to its new open source business: subscription services. TransGaming hopes to get many Linux users subscribing for $5 a month.

Basically the only way for TransGaming (who write WineX - a DirectX enabled version of WINE deisgned specially for games) to survive (from what I can see, anyway) is through their subscription service. By subscribing, users have a direct input in what TransGaming work on next, for example they can vote to put more emphasis on new games or speeding up current games, etc. Subscribers also get access to binaries and a huge support forum. Looks pretty cool to me, so go subscribe."

On this same topic, there's an interview at GameSpy with Gavriel State, TransGaming's CEO:
"The source code for our product is freely available on SourceForge under the Aladdin Free public License. This is a license originally created for the GhostScript project that restricts commercial redistribution of the code, but allows end users to see and play with it. TransGaming will be providing binary packages only to users who are subscribed to our support and voting service. Others may provide binary packages non commercially, but they will not be official releases, and we will not be providing any support for them.

Once we have reached our subscriber goals, we will be releasing the WineX code under the much more liberal Wine license, and we will continue releasing code that way if our subscription numbers meet our targets. Thus, by subscribing, our users not only get the features and services they want to see right now, but they also help to establish the commercial viability of the Street Performer Protocol, which will have profound implications for the future of the entire information economy.

The Street Performer Protocol is a fascinating new economic idea for dealing with the central dilemma of information goods: treat them as an ongoing performance work, rather than an out-and-out product. Stephen King has experimented with it recently with an on-line novel. We feel that the Linux community is a perfect market to start with in the software world."

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