"Still angling to steal market share from Microsoft, Lindows.com
Inc. Monday lured a San Diego system builder and retailer to sell
PCs powered by the Lindows operating system in its stores.
"Datel Systems Inc., which also sells products by Microsoft,
Intel and IBM, will sell the LindowsOS PCs with 10 free software
applications for a base price of $299. There are pre-installed
apps, too, including an e-mail program, word processor, Web
browser/file manager, address book, calculator, CD player, MP3
player, Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, Microsoft Word Viewer, and
Microsoft Excel viewer.
"Datel computer buyers will also have access to the Click-N-Run
Warehouse that allows users to run almost 1,700 applications in the
Lindows.com Warehouse for an additional $99. Lindows, as is its
custom and marketing strategy, is positioning this offer as a steal
over the rival Microsoft Office suite, which can cost $400.
Moreover, it comes equipped with Sun Microsystems' StarOffice
e-mail suite. Simply, Lindows is trying to tempt consumers with a
fully functional PC for a total of $400..."