Today Lindows is giving away again their LindowsOS 4.5 totally free if you use the special Google text-coupon code “FreeLindowsGoogleDay” on their online shop. Read more at Overclockers Club.
Lindows Giving Away LindowsOS 4.5 Today Again
Submitted by Ron 2004-02-02 Linspire 49 Comments
No wonder their site is so slow. I’ve had to continue an FTP of their Laptop Edition several times.
I’ve got the developer edition installed right now on this machine. It fixes every hardware problem I’ve ever had with this laptop, but makes a new one: power management. Luckily, LE is free for the downloading. Hope that changes things.
Anyone have any idea why they’re suddenly giving LindowsOS away to people “in the know”? I think it’s an awesome tactic to get pros to use their product. I didn’t think their idea was a good one, nor that it was worth the money, til I got it free. If I knew it worked so well, and I didn’t have it already, I’d pony up $60. I’d write a review and send it to OS News, but lemme guess how many people here would like a million reviews of a Linux distro 🙂
I missed the first opportunity to download LindowsOS thanks to OSNews. Now there’s another opportunity and I already signed to download in the next days. Good move for Lindows, I think it will be repaid and many more people will finnaly buy their product after a try.
[i]Anyone have any idea why they’re suddenly giving LindowsOS away to people “in the know”?[i]
Maybe because they believe some will sign up for the “click’n’run” service afterwards? Just a thought…
“It fixes every hardware problem I’ve ever had with this laptop, but makes a new one: power management.”
Power Managment is not a problem. Its an art.
Your battery gets eaten by two thing: Screen and Hard Disk.
Spindown the hard disk with Linux? That should happen in hardware. Turn down the brightness on your screen down to one step above totally dark.
Sleep and Waking up? The hardest problem. Even Macs cant do this right all the time. I have not had much time to play with this as my IBM 701 Screen is broken, but as soon as I get parts, Im in the game…
See ya on lindows.
I too, like many readers here missed the opportunity the last time it was posted, so thanks for posting this.
do they also ship it out of USA? I live in India (south Asia) will they ship me copy of their product? how much will they charge for it? (i can’t download because i have a dail up)
please reply me so that i can be clear whether to go ahead or not
Thats sounds crazy, but of course there revenue comes from downloading and maintaining the OS from CNR.
I also learn’t about LindowsLive the live CD is being distributed by “Lindows.com” on most major P2P software.
google Lindows Live
Lindows.com File Download System
Waiting for your download to start.
You are number 161 in line
This window will refresh periodically to show you your new position in line.
* Our servers are under extreme load. As such, if you encounter a problem while attempting to download then please try again in a few hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
oh well…so much for being free
Um. It’s still free. Just wait a few days, and download it then. This was covered last time the coupon was given away. At least you aren’t whining about the CC deal.
I have these products in my shopping cart:
1. Lindows 4.5
2. Lindows 4.5 Developer’s Edition
4. Lindows 4.5 OEM Edition
I got them all for free >:)
Being a reader of many sites is goodness
What is the difference between the OM and the standard edition?
can anyone post instructions on how to get it? the overclockerssite is way to slow/down for me.
1. Go here: https://shop.lindows.com/shopping/cartProcessor.php?addItem%5B0][sku]=DDXXXUSRDEVELP&addItem[fulfillment]=digital
2. Click apply coupon and enter “FreeLindowsGoogleDay” as coupon code.
3. Wait a few days until server load has calmed down, then download the ISO from the account you’ve applied coupon code in. You will be able to download the ISO at any time, as long as you sign up today and apply the code.
I’m not quite sure but from what I gathered OEM is applied to fresh machines AKA pre-installed before sold.
I waited until I got on the 1st place for download. after that, i clicked on the download link and got the message:
We’re sorry, but you have requested something you don’t have access to. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact our support team.
any ideas? thanks
Yes they ship the cd-version to India, but then the shipping costs would be probably very high.
You can just go to the site, apply the coupon code to get the discount, enter your shipping address and you’ll see how much it costs, before you enter any credit-card data, so it’s safe to try. I tried it for Norway and the shipping costs were around 40 dollars (so I decided to download instead)
thank you for giving me idea. it showed me 47$ well anyways i have registered for download. may be will download from my frn who has dsl. thank you for your help
I am number 243 in the queue to download the cd 🙂
Good deal tho, all i need now is a compatible adsl modem altho i suspect the speedtouch.sf. site has a debian package or two for me.
Good luck with the Speedtouch ADSL modem. Couldn’t get mine to work in Lindows. First Linux distro of many I’ve tried where the speedtouch.sf.net drivers didn’t work for me. I didn’t bother checking into it much further though, so you might have better success.
Maybe one of the required options in the kernel was switched off. I couldn’t be bothered recompiling though.
Go here and try this for an updated deb package haven’t tried it yet but well here’s hoping.
It’s a function of the server to prevent people from leaking links to the masses.
I’ve tried this before, when you reload manually it treats you in the same way. You MUST click on the link and wait for it to automatically load.
there we go, thanks
For more speedtouch fun:-0
I thought I had read somewhere that both Windows and Linux software could be run in Lindows out of the box. Does anyone know if that is so? If so, how well does it work for games? Thanks.
It can with any Linux dist, using Wine, WineX and CrossOffice.
Lindows.com doesn’t enourage this any more though, since the experience running Windows apps on Linux usually isn’t that good and there are nice native alternatives to almost any app. For games WineX is pretty good though. Just make sure the game you want to run is “supported”.
Ah crap. Nevermind. I finally found out on the site: a resounding “NO”.
By the looks of it the offer has now expired.
Just glad i am downloading the os as i type
Actually, I am “868” waiting to download
868! Blimey word must have got around.
Oh btw i was referring to this link someone just sent me:
Anyways, download is now at 68% and waiting:-)
My cdrewriter also arrives tonight, thanks in part to my wife working today, me on holiday 🙂
Lovely when you can phone a loved one and get them to pop to the local computer store and get you stuff isn’t it?
“Coupon FreeLindowsGoogleDay expired on Feb 02, 2004
08:00 AM PST and is no longer valid”
So much for Google DAY. It didn’t even last the morning for some of us.
The coupon expired at 8:00 am the morning that this was posted. What day was this good for?
I’d like to try the laptop enhanced version on mine, but my wireless card is a Netgear WG511, the drivers are an extra patch for the kernel 2.4, but comes with 2.6 … is the patch applied in the default Lindows w/laptop enhancements kernel?
This is the second time I’ve tried to take advantage of the free download and screwed over again!
That’s it, my browser will never again go to their site!
Dam server I think this is putting me off.
I have had the queue window open first off I got to 200 in the queue then the page crashed DOH
I then tried again after getting to 200 again it jumped back to 700 DOH DOH DOH
Coupon FreeLindowsGoogleDay expired on Feb 02, 2004 08:00 AM PST and is no longer valid – pasted from shopping cart.
Tried to download Lindows 4.5 for free and get:
Coupon FreeLindowsGoogleDay expired on Feb 02, 2004 08:00 AM PST and is no longer valid
Why, Lindows? Do you think we are really going to pay for your wannabe OS without letting us try it first?
Sounds a lot like Microsoft crying wolf, or telling us the sky is falling.
Get Real, or Give It Up!
Last time when this offer was on OS News, the download stopped twice at around 60%, and it refused to resume, so I gave up. I think my login is still valid. If I remember in a few days I’ll try again…
“By Eugenia Loli-Queru, submitted by Ron – Posted on 2004-02-02 07:10:10”
So, let’s see, the coupon was good for a total of 49 minutes 50 seconds? Wow. Those Lindows guys really know how to milk a promotion, don’t they. Guess I shouldn’t have waited until lunch to check the site!
Looking at the original post, it was posted at 6:10pm pst yesterday at Overclockers.com. *shrug* So it’s nobody’s fault really… Osnews just didn’t get the scoop in time for some of us. Considering most of the span was overnight, can’t really blame anyone for that – but she did get it up before it closed and did manage to give us all a second chance at something we wouldn’t otherwise, so kudos to Eugenia… I didn’t nab it this time either, but thanks anyway.
I’m guessing maybe they decided to only give out so many copies, and judging from the posts about server loads, a lot of people jumped on this… quick. Good thing I did it when I did, only a few mins before 8am 😀
I guess they didn’t really want me to try it…
Was it really a whole day, from 8a.m. yesterday until 8 a.m. today?
If the performance of their webserver is any indication of what is to be expected from their OS……A whole host of people are waiting to download absolutely nothing.
“Sleep and Waking up? The hardest problem. Even Macs cant do this right all the time”
Apparently you don’t own a Mac. My 15″ Powerbook does these things flawlessly. I get weeks of uptime in between Apple software updates and that’s putting the laptop to sleep on the way to work and back. Never had a problem.
Kinda sucks for you
I got EVERY SINGLE version of Lindows that*was/is* available for free
I love my timezone
Tried to go to Lindows.com using the Instructions posting guidelines but when i went thru copy/pasting the necessary lines ,it would not apply the coupon ,saying the offer had already expired! GRR! I’d like to try Lindows ,cuz I’m sick n tired MS Windows. Is there any other way I can get it?
Please post here….
“I’d like to try Lindows ,cuz I’m sick n tired MS Windows.”
There are many, many Linux distributions besides Lindows. Most other Linux distros are free so the question is, Who really needs Lindows anyway? Check out Distrowatch for the most complete listing. Lycoris, in particular, is designed to be easy-to-use for ex-Windows users.
There are several “Live” distributions, such as Knoppix, that run entirely from a bootable CD with nothing installed on the hard drive. It would be an excellent way to try Linux before committing to hard drive partitioning.
If you’re really sick of MS, there are many other operating systems too. BSD, BeOS, and QNX come to mind. Or buy a Mac.
Come back in the late evening with a download manager at the ready. You don’t have to wait in any lines, and if the download is interrupted you don’t lose any data. Just get back in line again and paste the new link as a mirror into your donwload manager.
Yes, they have slow servers that are being inundated by the load of downloading full-CD sized software, so you just have to work around it. After all, beggars can’t really be choosers. You can come back and download the software ANYTIME (I registered for the Dev edition three weeks ago and the links are still good) so you don’t have to get it today…
I love Mandrake as my choice of linux, allways free downloaded iso images, runs smooth as silk, nice rpm install packages and beautifully developed package. Had a little issue when coming back to linux from windows 100% instead of using dualboot. My via8235 sound wouldn’t work on my Abit AT7-MAX2 board. but got it up and running. Only thing is now I need Linux to get up proper support for SATA-RAID. Also I need freaking support for my mixman DM2 by sonic blue since they are not developing it. Plus, no software for it. My other issue is my joypad controllers which are odd I see them in USBVIEW but yet to use them. Anyways for those who have the sound issue for via8235 no sound do this: install alsa 1.0.1 (every package) then follow thier via directions. if you have no sound in stuff like enemy territory in KDE you need to run sound through arts and MAKE SURE it is realtime or else you get pauses and clicks. I am running nice and smooth WITHOUT any issues. The only problem I am having is getting tribes2 WINDOWS to run under winex 3.2.1 says about me having to use the preset shortcuts? Can someone contact me via email and send me some kinda solution? thanks all! Mandrake 9.2 download edition and wine 3.2.1 cvs/rpm rebuild install