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PC World: Desktop Linux Makes Gains

Oct 28, 2002, 16:48 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Berger)

Desktop Linux operating system vendors made news this week as Xandros reintroduced the Linux operating system formerly developed by Corel with a release called Xandros Desktop 1.0. Meanwhile, Lindows.com announced it will ship the final build of its operating system in November.

Lindows.com in the past year has fended off a lawsuit by Microsoft and tested and tuned its software for final distribution. It is expected to ship a general release of the software, called LindowsOS 3.0 Membership Edition, in the middle of November, company representatives said.

Lindows.com launched its business on the promise that its low-cost Linux operating system would allow users to run applications built for Windows. The operating system is preloaded on budget PCs being sold by Wal-Mart. However, the company has since backed away from that effort and instead focused on an offering called Click-N-Run Warehouse, which gives users access to a free library of Linux applications they can download to their desktops.

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