Despite his earlier doubts about Lindows, Jim Lynch waxes rhapsodic in a review of Version 2.0: "... We finally had a chance to sit down with it and surprise, surprise; here at ExtremeTech we were impressed," Jim Lynch writes. "Lindows is a very slick, highly useable OS. In fact, I liked it so much I'm actually writing this review in it - using Abiword on Lindows OS." Also, the retail giant Wal-Mart and its partners hit a new price point while introducing customers to Lindows with a new sup-$200 PC.
"This computer could turn out to be a very big deal. Not so much because it’s the first under-$200 new PC to hit the marketplace or because it runs a version of Linux which can run some Windows programs; but because the idea had been embraced by the No 1 online service." Read the article at MSNBC. OSNews recently carried out an in-depth review of the LindowsOS system.
The Linux community has been buzzing about LindowsOS since its original announcement over a year ago. With Michael Robertson, founder of mp3.com, at the helm, it was heralded as a Linux that could seamlessly run all of your Windows applications. As details became available, the skepticism of the community grew and with the LindowsOS general release only months away, no one is quite sure what to make of Lindows.com and their product, LindowsOS. We tested Lindows 2.0 and we today present the most in-depth review ever written for this much-talked OS, accompanied by a number of shots.
Lindows, the maker of a consumer-friendly version of the Linux operating system, announced that it would bundle Netscape's Web browsing and communication technology into its software.
"Lindows 2.0 looks cool, I have to admit. The company has stopped aping KDE and gotten a desktop look that is more its own. Lindows has made scant concessions to the knowledgeable, allowing for a somewhat more advanced setup configuration. I'm still concerned for the newbies, though." Read the review at NewsForge.
Lindows.com, Inc., maker of the low-cost, Linux-based operating system LindowsOS , announced today the release of LindowsOS 2.0 available now to Lindows.com Insiders. Michael Robertson also writes about it in his column. LindowOS 2.0 uses the Keramik KDE theme (and possibly KDE 3.x), and it includes many new tools like wireless configuration, laptop support, printer network scanning and more.
Lindows and Earthlink have entered into a partnership wherein Earthlink dial-up services will be pre-configured on Lindows systems, much the way that dialup access is available with a few clicks on Windows and Mac computers. More at internetnews.com.
OSNews reader Alan Gilman writes: "I have made a one page website with information about the Linux alternative to Windows known as LindowsOS. Not really for die-hard Linux Geeks, but if you are using Windows and thinking about switching to Linux, LindowsOS makes the job real easy."
"A Lindows system—or any Linux system—engineered with this in mind would be hard to make into a Windows XP machine without someone developing a Windows XP personality module. Whatever the case, I believe the $199 computer will be a hot commodity and could become even hotter if Wal-Mart actually decides to carry it in stores and not just on the Web." Read Dvorak's column at PCMagazine.
Wal-Mart is famous/notorious for its relentless focus on price. Now it's decided to have a little fun with the PC business. The world's biggest retailer is flogging a new desktop computer for $199. The 800 MHz VIA C3 processor is never going to win prizes for performance - but for price/performance at the budget end of the market, it's very hard to beat. The PC comes with 128MB SDRAM on a VIA Apollo PLE133 chipset-based mobo, supplying integrated graphics and networking.
Bash time on the web again for Lindows (unfortunately). ZDNews has an article about Lindows and their strategy. We sincerly hope that the company survive the bad press and all the Linux users who dislike Lindows mostly for political reasons (while Lindows does not target Linux users as customers). In related news, Lindows.com announced on Tuesday that it will host a Desktop Linux Summit, aimed at rallying interest in consumer Linux distributions.
Lindows has extended the membership of all Insiders to a two year period starting at the general release. The price still remains at $99 dollars but now it is extended for two years. After the general release the price for the distribution and the subscription will be $129 dollars. The insider program will go up to $299 for a year. New ISO Build Updated to Xfree86 4.2 and added nVIDIA Detonator Driver 1.0-2960. Read the rest at PCLinuxOnline.
"A lot has been said about the upcoming Lindows OS. Most of it has been either overblown hype (it will let you run ALL Windows programs! Yee-ha!) or anti-hype (it's not a real Linux distro, it's for Windows losers!). Lindows has polarized opinion in the Linux community while simultaneously setting up huge expectations for non-techy Windows users desperate to free themselves from Microsoft's iron grip. " Jim Lynch's Lindows editorial for ExtremeTech.
"Wal-Mart, the most mass-market retailer imaginable, is committing an outrageous form of computing heresy: On its Web site, it's selling Windows-compatible personal computers without Windows. Stranger yet, the PCs (built by Microtel Computer Systems, a Los Angeles area manufacturer) come installed with a version of Linux, the open-source operating system that has been giving Microsoft fits lately." WashingtonPost reviews Wal-Mart PCs with Lindows.
Michael Robertson, CEO of Lindows.com, was the guest speaker of an IRC meeting with the Lindows Insiders on July 12, 2002. As you can read in the chat transcript, Mr Robertson is making very clear that the Lindows market is not the Linux users, but people who have never used Linux before. As Lycoris also does, Lindows does not care much about competing with other Linux distributions, as much as they care competing with Windows itself. Their marketing plan is to de-emphasize from showing off GNU/Linux and the broader open source movement as a selling point, and instead to create a hybrid between a commercial and a somewhat open environment: "The audience we're going for has never heard of linux, so it's more of a distraction when talking about our system to mention linux." he said.
Larry Kettler, the new director of Builder sales at Lindows, says the response to last month's announcement of the Builder Program "has been overwhelming." In an email letter, he says that many OEMs are preparing to launch LindowOS on "a number of computer system SKUs." Read the rest of the report at NewsForge.
"Lindows OS - Is this OS the second coming or just another Linux distribution that will fall by the wayside. Since Lindows.com has released its Insiders from the initial Non Disclosure Agreement which was a confidentiality agreement that prevented us from discussing the OS anywhere outside of the Insiders Forum I am now able to give some insight to this mysterious OS." Review is at HiTechMods.
This is the second Lindows/Wal-Mart review coming out in a short while, and this one, is truly a must read. The author is a journalist that have used Windows, but he is not a Unix user. Trying to test Lindows he got into similar trouble as David Coursey did two weeks ago, when he tried Red Hat Linux. While Mike Langberg of San Jose Mercury News used a supposedly "desktop-oriented" Linux distribution, Lindows, as opposed to the server-oriented and marketed Red Hat, he still found it very unfriendly for common tasks like changing the refresh rates of a monitor.
"It was with great anticipation that I began looking at Wal-Mart's latest offering: a Microtel PC with LindowsOS preloaded. I had reviewed the OS-less Microtel computer from Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and I hoped that this, the first consumer-focused Linux-based PC to appear from a major U.S. retailer, would be a great product for Linux newbies. Unfortunately, no matter how much I try to like this system, I am not comfortable recommending it to novice users." Read the review at NewsForge.
The Linux distributor begins an unusual flat-rate licensing plan which could mean cheaper PCs. But it has also quietly toned down its claims to Windows compatibility. Read the report at ZDNews.