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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Thursday, 04 October 2007

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Some people just don't need or want Windows. Some others just hate it and Microsoft. Others keep it because they need it for certain things, like gaming. Well those days may be coming to and end very soon. Mandriva and Transgaming have renewed the OEM and distribution agreement for inclusion of Trasngaming's software in MandrivaLinux 2008, a leading retail distribution for the Linux operating system. Under this agreement, MandrivaLinux 2008 customers will receive access to TransGaming's Cedega product that will allow them to play hundreds of PC games out-of-the-box. The ability to play blockbuster games rounds out the capabilities of MandrivaLinux 2008 making it a leading desktop of choice for both productivity applications as well as electronic entertainment. Of course you still need to buy the games and the Mandriva.

 Cedega is the world's only commercial gaming solution for the Linux operating system. Cedega allows users to run PC games on their Linux operating system seamlessly, transparently, and with equivalent performance and game play. The ability to play games today ranks as the second highest usage of a desktop, after surfing the web. This makes Cedega an extremely vital application for the Linux desktop.

Video games are more mainstream than ever before and the ability to play top games on traditionally underserved platforms is made possible through innovative products like Cedega.” --Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming.

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2008 unifies the former Discovery and Powerpack+ editions. The installation process and initial desktop experience have been optimized to be accessible for first time users. Experienced users will enjoy advanced installation options and new innovative technologies, integrated to work "out of the box". Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2008 also features all required server and middleware components for developers and for small enterprise usage, like SQL databases or Web frameworks.

The Mandriva distributions range from 44€ to 199€ and come in both disc-based and downloadable versions. They include either KDE or KDE and Gnome (graphical environments for Linux), training , web support , productivity applications and more. The system requirements are generally pretty low but if you really want to game with it you will still need a strong computer with a good video card and enough RAM. Of course natively running applications will always have a speed boost over something that is running through a translator but Transgaming believes they are the best solution for the job. Personally I am a big fan of Linux and all that can be achieved with it but it just cannot be the operating system of choice on my everyday machine because of the gaming that I do. In the future when I have an option and several machines I will probably dual-boot one again with Linux which is how I used to do things. But if I get Mandriva then maybe Iwon't need a second OS on that gaming machine.

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