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LindowsOS - Helping Everyone Get Along, or Not?

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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.

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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.

This article was originally published on January 16, 2002

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