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NewsForge: LindowsOS Sneak Preview 2: Some Good Stuff, But I'm Still root

Apr 11, 2002, 08:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"On April 9, Michael Robertson announced the release of LindowsOS sneak preview 2. "Lindows.com is not about selling an operating system," the Lindows CEO says in the press release. "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." I think I know what he's getting at.

"If I read him correctly, Robertson wants to be the Hyundai dealer, with economy models made up of generic, but high-quality parts (Linux) and fitted with fancy (but unnecessary) options like agate gear knobs, real wood dashboard panels, and leather seats (for-pay Windows applications) that make the driver feel like he's getting all the luxury of a pricey Cadillac for only part of the price. That is, unless the driver already got his Cadillac and most of those fancy options for free -- or unless he already knows how to build a car exactly the way he likes it with those high-quality parts.

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