LindowsOS - Helping Everyone Get Along, or Not?
Does the world need a new operating system? Lindows.com is a company ran by Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of MP3.com. At the heart of Lindows.com is a new operating system called LindowsOS(tm). This operating system is slated to be an affordable, easy-to-use operating system with the ability to run both Microsoft Windows(r) and Linux(r) software.
Lindows.com announced today that it filed a motion to dismiss the pending trademark lawsuit filed by Microsoft Corporation against Lindows.com. According to a press release by Lindows.com, in the lawsuit Microsoft seeks to prevent Lindows.com from using the term "LindowsOS" and "Lindows.com." Lindows.com stated that they filed a motion to dismiss the claim citing a lack of personal jurisdiction over the San Diego, CA-based company. The release also stated that both Lindows.com's motion to dismiss and Microsoft's motion for preliminary injunctions are tentatively scheduled for hearing on February 1, 2002.
In spite of the delays encountered by the lawsuit, development of LindowsOS is continuing. Is Lindows worth the fuss? A Sneak Preview is expected shortly. The Sneak Preview will not be a fully completed product but will showcase many of the unique features such as a friendly install alongside an existing Microsoft Windows operating system, a streamlined installation process which requires no computer knowledge and the ability to run popular Windows-based programs. This will be followed by version 1.0, which will go on sale in early 2002 for $99.