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Linspire Computers Now Available Throughout EU

Linux met the IT world today. No - not "information technology" but the ".it" world, which is Italy. I attended a press conference in Italy where Questar announced that Europeans can now buy a powerful computer running desktop Linux. In spite of a strike which shutdown all public transportation in Milan, 40 reporters filled the room, making it a well attended event. Reporters saw demos of two new desktop computers certified to work well with Linux, running the easy-to-use Linspire 4.5 software in both English and our newly announced Italian version. They also heard details about how orders can now be placed for the value priced computers starting as low as Ä469 ($577 US) with shipment available to more than 20 European countries for just 30 euros.

Linspire in Milan, Italy
Besides Linspire 4.5, the computers also include one year of CNR service at no additional cost, so new Linux programs and important software updates are just a click away. The library of Linux software continues to grow and improve, meaning many users will not need to spend additional monies on routine software after their initial purchase to accomplish most computing tasks.

The afternoon session was full of resellers and OEMs operating in the Italian market. Their demo included an in-depth look at Linspire from the native language multimedia tutorials at initial startup through the Microsoft file format compatibility and ending with a demo of CNR installing software programs and updating multiple programs with a single click - all in Italian. Nice! It was energizing hearing from attendees about their anticipation for meaningful alternatives and choices.

Linux has its roots in Europe and many countries have been public about their desire to embrace Linux on the desktop. Being able to order an affordable and powerful computer can only help. It will be fascinating to watch the extent to which Linspire takes root in .it and throughout Europe.

-- Michael
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