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PR: LindowsOS, Sneak Preview 2, Available for Download

Apr 10, 2002, 14:30 (23 Talkback[s])


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SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2002 -- Lindows.com, Inc. announced six months ago the goal of bringing choice to the personal computer and today the San Diego-based company announced a significant milestone, the release of Sneak Preview 2. Lindows.com, Inc. is offering a further glimpse of the company's progress to "Insiders" (www.lindows.com/signup), a highly interested group of LindowsOS supporters prior to launching their first official release, LindowsOS Version1, later this year.

"Lindows.com is not about selling an operating system," said Michael Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of Lindows.com. "It's not too different from needing a car, nobody says, 'I need an engine,' they say, 'I need a car' and most times, what they really mean is that they need transportation. It's the same with a computer. They're not buying an operating system or a Pentium III(r). Nobody needs an operating system, they need a solution, which will help them communicate, entertain, educate, or get their work done."

One of the new features showcased in LindowsOS Sneak Preview 2 is Click-N-Run(tm) (www.lindows.com/clicknrun), a powerful new tool that opens the door to a world of high-quality software solutions by allowing LindowsOS users to instantly zap software to their machines with one click. Lindows.com, recognizing the time-consuming hassle of installing new software, has rolled out the state-of-the-art one click process. The streamlined technology beats any other current method of installation with its ease of use.

LindowsOS users will be able to browse a warehouse of software titles in a rich graphical presentation via the Warehouse (www.lindows.com/warehouse) tab on Lindows.com or by launching Click-N-Run from their desktop. Once in the Warehouse, users can read descriptions of products, view screenshots, compare products and, in a single click, download and install the title of their choice. Never before has it been this easy to peruse software titles and add them to your computer.

The Lindows.com staff has seeded the warehouse with a few programs to demonstrate the Click-N-Run technology. "Our hope is to have hundreds of great software titles for every conceivable need in our warehouse in the near future," added Robertson.

Lindows.com is currently fine-tuning a publisher interface at publish.lindows.com where Insiders, and other interested users, will help identify and package the best software titles which will power Click-N-Run.

Other significant feature enhancements include the ability to view and print the major file formats without purchasing additional software -- including Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel files -- view www.lindows.com/filetypes for a complete list.

Lindows.com reports that improvements have not been made in the ability to run Microsoft Windows software titles and installing LindowsOS on more obscure hardware configurations. The company reports that marked improvements in those areas are scheduled for the next preview.

Lindows.com, Inc. states that Sneak Preview 2 is not a completed product and is best suited for those willing to provide input after the easy five-minute installation process on a spare machine. On a machine with Microsoft Windows 98, the LindowsOS install is even easier. After downloading the installer, users simply double-click and go. There's no need to even create a CD. And as long as the "Friendly-Install" is selected, users can switch between Microsoft Windows 98 and LindowsOS with a simple restart of their machine.

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