November 5, 2001

Magic Earth announces leading software on Linux

Author: JT Smith

Magic Earth announced today its plan
to
offer the company's revolutionary visualization and interpretation
application, GeoProbe(R), on the desktop Linux operating system. The
new
application, GeoProbe 2.6, will be supported on selected models of the
IBM(R)
IntelliStation(R) running Linux, and will include the full suite of
functionalities and tools available in the current GeoProbe release, as
well
as new features and enhancements.

Magic Earth will deliver the new bundled software/hardware PC
solution to
customers in the first quarter of 2002.

Commenting on the announcement, Yin L. Cheung, Magic Earth Executive
Vice
President and Director of Technology, said, "Magic Earth's Linux
application
marks a strategic move to expand our suite of scalable solutions and
advances
our on-going business objective to bring value to our customers through
constant innovation. Desktop Linux has emerged as a viable computing
platform
for businesses in the energy industry, and Magic Earth is responding to
the
growing demand for the reliability and low-cost structure that Linux
offers.
GeoProbe 2.6 on Linux is a complete solution with the same feature set,
user
interface and proven performance our customers have come to rely on in
their
visualization and interpretation workflow. This new product provides
the
unique capabilities of our industry-leading software on a cost-effective
desktop platform."

Magic Earth is working with IBM to offer customized hardware
configurations that optimize CPU, memory and graphics performance. The
combination of software and hardware will be offered as a full solution
set,
ready for work out of the box.

John Sarsgard, IBM Vice President of Marketing and Sales-America,
said,
"We believe that the upstream energy market is an ideal candidate for
rapid
adoption of Linux, because Linux has shown unsurpassed ability to better
manage the high-performance computing requirements of seismic processing
and
reservoir simulation. We're pleased to be working with Magic Earth on
this
strategic initiative. It offers many long-term benefits to our mutual
customers."

The new product offering will expand the list of bundled
software/hardware
solutions available from Magic Earth, and will provide customers with a
broader range of seamless choices to fit their exploration technology
needs -
from very small datasets to the large regional-scale datasets common in
the
industry.

Magic Earth will continue to develop and support GeoProbe on SGI
hardware
running IRIX, recognizing that the SGI(TM) Onyx(R) family of graphics
supercomputers uniquely serves a critical need in the oil and gas
industry -
fast, interactive visualization of very large datasets.

Magic Earth, Inc., headquartered in Houston, is a privately held
company
that specializes in state-of-the-art volume visualization and
interpretation
solutions including GeoProbe software, training, consultation services
for
interpretation projects and large-screen immersive visualization
centers.
Magic Earth's offices are located in Houston and Austin, Texas; and its
Europe, Africa and Middle East subsidiary, Magic Earth Ltd., is based in
London.

For additional information about Magic Earth and GeoProbe, visit the
company's website at www.magicearth.com.

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