LinuxHardware.org: Lindows Media Computer: Power to Strike Microsoft?
Apr 02, 2003, 07:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Not too far back, battle waged. A battle between the big man
and the little man. Massive Microsoft against little Lindows. After
a lengthy court battle, the little man finally prevailed. Microsoft
was not able to stop them from using the Windows-like name. That
was in Spring of last year. This year, Lindows decided to give
Microsoft another swift kick in the pants.
"Perhaps still a little haughty over their win, Lindows decided
to take on another of Microsoft's products. In late 2002, Microsoft
put into market the Media Center Edition of its popular Windows XP
operating system, complete with system requirements dictated to OEM
system builders. On January 28, 2003, Lindows released its own
Lindows Media Computer as a direct competitor.
"After looking over all the media hype, I went searching for one
of these little machines. Could the Lindows Media Computer really
pull off meeting the new Windows machine in a pitched battle? It
did boast 'Instant on' DVD, CD, MP3, and VCD playback as one of the
prime features. And, it was only a fraction of the price for a
Windows Media Center system. At the time, only one vendor had them
available, iDOTpc.com. After some communication, the folks at
iDOTpc.com were kind enough to loan me one of the units to take for
Lindows Launches its 'Media Computer'(Jan 29, 2003)