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LINUXANT MAKES PERMANENT DRIVERLOADER™ LICENSES DIRECTLY AVAILABLE TO END-USERS

MONTREAL, QC Nov. 9, 2003 - Linuxant inc. is announcing, due to strong popular demand, the immediate availability of permanent end-user licenses for DriverLoader™, a revolutionary compatibility-wrapper allowing standard Windows NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) drivers shipped by hardware vendors to be used as-is on Linux x86 systems.

DriverLoader licenses for end-users have been affordably priced and can now be purchased online from Linuxant's web store (https://www.linuxant.com/store). Upgrades to future versions will be provided at no extra charge for at least one year or longer. Free 30-day trial licenses also remain available. Due to significant development/support costs, and inconclusive discussions with hardware vendors, it is not possible to make DriverLoader completely free for end-users at this time.

The latest release of DriverLoader can be downloaded from Linuxant's web site and features significant stability improvements and compatibility with Intel PRO/Wireless (Centrino), Broadcom, Intersil Prism GT/Duette/Indigo, Cisco, Realtek, Texas Instruments, Atheros, and other Wireless LAN drivers for Windows.

Linuxant is committed to continue improving DriverLoader so that it becomes a fully compatible generic wrapper capable of running the majority of Windows NDIS drivers.

DriverLoader technology is the ideal Linux solution to support devices for which no adequate native open-source drivers are available. It also allows vendors to drastically reduce time to market or eliminate the need to support multiple drivers for Windows and Linux. By using the same NDIS driver on both platforms, significant resources can be saved. All Linux-specific code in DriverLoader remains open-source, allowing it to be used under any supported version of the kernel.

Thanks to DriverLoader, owners of Wireless LAN devices (CardBus and PCI) with compatible Windows drivers can now use their devices under Linux, enjoying the full speed of the latest Wireless LAN technology with the freedom of the renowned open-source operating-system.

DriverLoader packages can be downloaded from Linuxant's web site. The software is easy to install on standard Linux distributions (RedHat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, and derivatives) with any recent 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, and includes a user-friendly Web-based configuration system.

Vendors interested in using DriverLoader technology to enable their products under Linux should contact services@linuxant.com.

For more information or to download your copy of DriverLoader, please go to http://www.linuxant.com

 

About Linuxant
Linuxant is a world-class supplier of consulting, software development and professional support services. Linuxant works closely with leading vendors and OEMs of semiconductor, PC, embedded and communication/wireless products, as well as with companies in other industries, providing technological expertise and solutions to maximize the potential of Linux and open-source. Additionally, Linuxant develops and distributes specialized system software, such as device drivers for specific applications.

 

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