[driverloader-announce] Permanent DriverLoader licenses now available

Marc Boucher marc at linuxant.com
Sun Nov 9 08:01:45 EST 2003


Please see the official press release below for details.




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 at USD $19.95
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 at linuxant.com.

For more information or to download your copy of DriverLoader, please go to


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. 

Linuxant and DriverLoader are trademarks of Linuxant inc.
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