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What is Click-N-Run? - April 18th, 2002

LindowsOS Sneak Preview 2 debuted last week and a lot of you have sent me questions about Click-N-Runô, one of the most innovative features housed in the LindowsOS Sneak Preview 2. We're excited about Click-N-Runô because we're getting closer to the day when any computer user can experience the benefit of Linuxģ.

If you want to try our Sneak Preview 2 of LindowsOS Ė sign-up for our Insiders program at Insider

Below is a list of the most common questions I've received concerning Click-N-Run.

Michael Robertson,
CEO, Inc.

Q: What is Click-N-Run?
Click-N-Run is a new feature included with LindowsOS which makes it extremely easy to customize a LindowsOS computer with programs for a wide variety of tasks. LindowsOS comes with a web browser and an email program, enough to get users started, however, most people will require more software to fully maximize their PC. Click-N-Run makes it easy to load business, education, entertainment or other categories of software, by making it a straightforward point-and-shoot process.

Q: How does Click-N-Run make software loading easy?
Normally, finding software for your computers means visiting multiple stores or web sites trying to find software that interests you. Then, there's multi-step installation and registration process, which can be slow and cumbersome. Newer products from Microsoft require a 40-digit-activation code. Click-N-Run puts a warehouse of software all in one place with an easy-to-use interface to browse. A simple mouse click on the Click-N-Run button will download and install the software, so itís ready to run on your computer.

Q: What kind of software programs are in the Click-N-Run warehouse?
There will be a wide variety of high quality software programs in the warehouse. In fact, a user with LindowsOS may be able to save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of the low or no-cost software programs available via Click-N-Run, compared to what they are use to paying. The publisher determines the cost of the software, if any. Many of the programs are available for free. Other software programs may have a charge associated with them.

Q: Are only software products available?
Our goal at is not to develop or publish software titles, but to empower publishers to make their programs available. has selected a couple of high quality software programs to use as an illustration, see our warehouse

Q: How can I try Click-N-Run?
Click-N-Run is available to all of our Insiders for testing. We've made it very easy to run LindowsOS on the same machine running Microsoft Windows 98, so itís easy to install and try out. Once you're running LindowsOS, simply double-click on the Click-N-Run icon on your desktop or visit the warehouse Please note, LindowsOS and Click-N-Run are not in their final form, but they should work well enough that users can get a feel for the technology and visualize the general direction weíre headed toward. If you're interested in trying LindowsOS and providing us with feedback, please sign-up as an Insider

Q: Do I need to have LindowsOS to browse the software programs available through Click-N-Run?
Any user with a web browser can peruse the warehouse. In order to use Click-N-Run to install programs, users must install LindowsOS.

Q: Are there Microsoft Windows compatible software programs or Linux software programs in the Warehouse?
There will be both Microsoft Windows compatible software programs and Linux software available in the Click-N-Run Warehouse. Generally, most software titles will be Linux based. However, because LindowsOS can run some software programs written for Microsoft Windows operating systems some Microsoft Windows based programs may appear in the Warehouse. All software programs are designed to install in the same easy manner through Click-N-Run.

Q: How many programs are in the Click-N-Run Warehouse?
There are a handful of software programs available today in the Warehouse. Our hope is that this number will greatly expand as we build the publisher interface.

Q: Who can be a publisher?
Any individual or company is eligible sign-up as a publisher and make software available via the Warehouse. There is no cost to sign up. We're working on the online forms to signup and load software. We expect these documents to be completed by early May 2002. You can get on our mailing list to be notified about this feature when itís complete by signing up

Q: Will decide which software programs are made available in the Warehouse?
Any software title thatís legally sound and able to pass a simple quality assurance test, to make sure it works with LindowsOS, is eligible to be published.

Q: Why is Click-N-Run a positive development for computer owners?
By making available a wide range of software choices in an easy-to-install manner, users will be able to affordably tailor their computer to perform the tasks they want it to. There is a growing world of affordable high quality software programs that aren't found in stores and can save people hundreds of dollars. We'll do our best to make these programs available via the Click-N-Run Warehouse.

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