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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])
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"On April 9, Michael Robertson announced the release of LindowsOS sneak preview 2. " 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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