Home > Linspire > LindowsOS Announces General Release for mid-November LindowsOS Announces General Release for mid-November Submitted by Anonymous 2002-10-23 Linspire 21 Comments Lindows.com has announced plans to release the LindowsOS 3.0 Membership Edition in the middle of November. This release is intended for consumers. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 21 Comments 2002-10-23 7:20 pm Gosh, if we aged as fast as Lindows versios came out i’d be about 60 years old right now 2002-10-23 7:22 pm It is all a marketing game. By releasing major version numbers, the big news sites and magazines are reporting on it. More reporting brings more marketing and sales… 2002-10-23 7:25 pm They are trying to catch up with Windows 2000 without doing huge skips like Microsoft did (…->3.5->4.0->2000), so obviously they are have to do releases often! By my calculations, they still need to speed up! ;p 2002-10-23 7:36 pm Is Lindows still @ beta??? 2002-10-23 7:37 pm Here’s the relevant information: LindowsOS General Release, LindowsOS v3.0, only a few weeks away, will officially be called “Membership Edition.” It will include a full color manual and will be priced, as previously reported, at $129. In addition, it will come with a second CD of apps and the ability to run the new “Clik-N-Run Express,” which claims to allow even modem users to install applications like Star Office (at about 171MB) in under two minutes. http://www.lindows.com/lindows_michaelsminutes.php 2002-10-23 7:48 pm I know it is ridiculous they have been selling Lindows since V1 at walmart and claiming it was not a general release so they did not have to release source code. The article above says that v3 will be ready for and I quote, This release is intended for consumers. I wonder if Walmart was aware they were selling software that was not ready for consumers. The only guy that makes my skin crawl more than Balmer is this Michael guy. 2002-10-23 7:53 pm The only way 2 minutes could be possible even for a 20me download would be if the software was actually alerady installed on the computer but required some kind of activation via the click and run. If you have ever installed or activated OO.org on another Linux distro, you basically have 2 insall about 1meg worth of files on your users directory(oops I am using Windows terminology, pity me). This is basically a network instllation. I am sure that this is what happens with the Lindows 2minute install of Open Office. 2002-10-23 7:55 pm I’m guessing the 2 minute install will be from the second CD and Click-N-Run Express will run off a CD instead of network connection. 2002-10-23 8:16 pm Are you saying that Lindows is already on 3.0, and creators are still dumb enough not to support Windows program as they claim? Thats one bug.. I wonder how many other pre 1.0 bugs they refuse to fix. 2002-10-23 8:27 pm Even then 2 minutes is too fast. The stuff is installed already on the computer, user files etc are just created. When I installed it it took longer than 2 minutes anyway. 2002-10-23 9:08 pm This click-n-run express is a step in the right direction, at least it now comes with the software on a disk, and isn’t download depenedent. At $129, doesn’t it lose the price edge that Linux has over proprietary software. This is as expensive as Mac OS X, although not near as good. They seem to be adopting an emacs style numbering, because it looks like this should be 1.3, not 3.0. 2002-10-23 9:19 pm If their versioning system had gone by years (like Windows used to) instead of numbers, instead of Lindows 2003, you’d have Lindows July 2003, Lindows, August 2003, etc 2002-10-23 9:36 pm “Lindows July 2003, Lindows, August 2003, etc ” Last time I checked, it was still 2002…. 2002-10-23 9:44 pm “Last time I checked, it was still 2002…. ” Yeah, that’s what I meant! lol 2002-10-23 11:08 pm They backed off their Windows claims some time ago, thanks be to God <g>. 2002-10-24 4:30 am LindowsOS’s only main feature over its competitors is CNR, which can be easily replicated by any of their competitors to make something cheaper. Heck, maybe something even better. All I can say is “wow”. Of course, the other features is root-by-default, dumb down interface, among others. All can be easily replicated by its competitors. 2002-10-24 11:36 am “The only way 2 minutes could be possible even for a 20me download would be if the software was actually alerady installed on the computer but required some kind of activation via the click and run. ” The article linked to from OSNews already says that their is a second CD… ‘Click and Run Express’ to save you downloading it all. 2002-10-24 2:36 pm “I know it is ridiculous they have been selling Lindows since V1 at walmart and claiming it was not a general release so they did not have to release source code.” The source code has been available since lindows was available to insiders and people buying the PCs. The PCs come with a source CD. “Are you saying that Lindows is already on 3.0, and creators are still dumb enough not to support Windows program as they claim? Thats one bug.. I wonder how many other pre 1.0 bugs they refuse to fix,” Are you stunted in some way? They dropped that a long time ago, yes it will still run some MS office apps (it’s preconfigured with wine), but they don’t mention it as a key thing anymore. 2002-10-24 5:59 pm No it doesn’t. With Windows (any verison including XP) and Mac (any version including OS X) you don’t get an office suite as good as OpenOffice or StarOffice. And you don’t get thousands of programs at your finger tips. You have to pay extra for them. They are included in the price with Lindows. The only Windows program that I would want to run would be WordPerfect. The reason I don’t use Windows is because I don’t want Windows programs. So Windows application compatibility for me as a waste. FILE compatibility is another thing. I with that Star/Open Office did a better job of keeping for the formatting for Word docs. I don’t even care if it looks the same on my screen as long as it looks the same to a Word user if I’ve made updates and sent it back to them. “Is Lindows still @ beta??? ” As far as LOTS of people are concerned. Windows XP is still beta. But as stated above, version 3.0 will be the first version ready for the average consumer. StarOffice and lots of other program are included on a second CD. So instead of having to download them it will ask you to insert the second CD and install them from there. The click-n-run software knows to look either on the web or the second CD. Assuming they got it right, of course. 2002-10-25 3:51 am So you save $75. *Big* deal. You have to pay $125 every year to get upgrades (including security fixes), FREE software… stuff that makes your system up to date. BTW, there isn’t Open/StarOffice/.org on Mac. And Windows XP isn’t a beta product. Sure, IE may look like beta quality crap… but hey, the same with Mozilla 1.0. 2002-10-25 8:04 am If Lindows is not showing source code then are they not breaking the rules of the GPL or something and shouldn’t they be sued for stealing peoples work?