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The Register: Lindows in the Living Room--Can You Live With It?

May 12, 2003, 23:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Earlier this year The Register expressed an interest in Lindows.com's Lindows Media Computer, and despite the accompanying back-handed compliments, Michael Robertson himself got in touch and arranged to have one shipped round. So for the past couple of months I've been able to check out LindowsOS itself, the Lindows.com business model in operation, the hardware, and the whole notion of the 'living room' PC, or the 'one per room' PC.

"Don't you just hate it when simple things get predictably complicated? Any one of these really ought to have been enough to be going on with, but you really can't separate them.

"So we'll start with a plugging in the box overview of the whole package. The LMC is essentially a standard iDOT low-footprint miniITX system with LindowsOS preinstalled. LindowsOS is essentially an implementation of Debian designed to offer the consumer a non-threatening and cheap alternative to Windows, and the business model is heavily dependent on 'Click-N-Run', which is a sort of combination of support mechanism, online store, discussion group and walled garden. And the living room PC? That will probably come out as we progress..."

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