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Boston Globe: Eazel aims to ease Linux use and replace shrink-wrapped software

Nov 08, 2000, 16:12 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Pham)

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"Say goodbye to shrink-wrapped software. That is, if Eazel Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., has its way. Users of the Linux desktop operating system were invited yesterday to download a trial version of Eazel's graphical user interface and, at the same time, get free access to about 1,800 software programs, from games to instant messaging tools."

"Eazel also proposes to radically change the way people buy and maintain software. Instead of going to stores to purchase software, a user can buy the software online at www.eazel.com. The program is then downloaded from the Internet and automatically installed in the buyer's computer."

"Alternatively, users can pay monthly subscription fees for access to the software they want, including all upgrades and patches. When programs go haywire, Eazel technicians can diagnose and fix software bugs remotely, over the Internet, without the users having to unplug their machines and bring them to a repair shop."

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