"Lindows, the start-up that is promising to merge the
worlds of Windows and Linux to create an alternative to Microsoft
software, has released a preview that has left some Linux customers
and analysts with more questions than answers.
LindowsOS is based on Linux and a technology called WINE, which
allows Windows applications to run under Linux. It's a simple
concept: an open-source operating system that lets people run
mainstream applications such as the Internet Explorer browser,
Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook e-mail software.
Late last month the company released a "preview" version of
LindowsOS to a few of the site's subscribers. Company founder
Michael Robertson, who is best known for launching music site
MP3.com, admits that the preview is unfinished. However, he said it
does offer a glimpse at the direction Lindows is taking."