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Inside the Insider’s Program -May 29, 2002

Many of you are eager to know what has in store in the coming months. I can tell you the team has been hard at work on the next LindowsOS Sneak Preview – SPX. Insiders can expect several improvements, including better browser support, an improved graphical interface, a sleeker more functional email client, enhanced compatibility with Microsoft Windows applications, dozens of new applications in the Click-N-Run Warehouse, as well as overall improvements throughout. This latest version will be waiting in the Insiders’ locker the moment SPX is ready in early June.

While the staff works away, also helping out are our Insiders. Thanks to the global team of Insiders who are providing us with their feedback and insights on our Sneak Preview versions. Check out this map for a graphical view of where Insiders live - hint: they come from every corner of the globe!

Enthusiastic Insiders from all over the world have sent us images of their customized LindowsOS desktops. Here's a sampling of some of the customized screenshots our Insiders have sent in to our Screenshot Gallery. Their contagious zeal for choice has sparked a firestorm of creativity (check out the Flash movie sent in by one Insider, also found in the Screenshot Gallery.)

The Insider team is the force that will leverage change in the market place and choice on the desktop. Insiders debate and learn from each other in the Insider forum; here's a couple of posts from Insiders.

05/27/02 04:30 AM

Right First Time

The prospect of a long weekend gave me time to properly install SP2, and I'm impressed. Having experimented with various versions of Linux in the past, I was pleased first with how painlessly Lindows installed -- I booted from the CD and had it going in just a few minutes, no partitioning, no fiddling with xconfig, no guessing and hoping, not even enough time to play a little arcade game like several other Linux distros offer during installation these days.

Checked the usual stuff on the Linux side just to be sure, then tried a few tests of what makes Lindows more than just another Linux by grabbing a few MSWindows-based programs to give them a whirl.

I didn't try every function of every program so I'm not to the point of submitting a report, but what I tried worked without a hitch, and at the same speed I'd have expected if they were running under Windows itself. In fact, though I didn't get out the stopwatch I think some functions were actually more responsive, particularly mouse-based things like drag-'n'-drop editing.

I've still got a few minor issues, probably the fault of my not exactly plain-vanilla hardware, but that side of the balance sheet is virtually empty compared to the positives Lindows has shown me so far.

I can hardly wait for the next Sneak Preview (though it's really hard to believe this is still considered "pre-beta" -- I've purchased commercial releases of other software with more rough edges) but until that comes I think I could do actual serious work on this machine with SP2. When LindowsOS 1.0 hits the streets, I anticipate a lot of cheering.


05/28/02 12:31 PM


What can $99.00 get you? In my case a new lease on life! I would like to explain. I have tried many test products over the years (some successful... some not) Never have I been involved in a project that I BELIEVE IN as much as Lindows.
I have had very good results so far, and have watched the progress!

I am convinced that I am dealing with some very good People, and we have a good shot at being successful!

I haven't been able to do EVERYTHING I am able to do with Windows, however, there have been many times that this Pre-release software actually did a better job.
With the help of other insiders and the support staff I have accomplised more than I have done with some of the other Full Products I have tried!

My wife came to me this weekend and told me that I have her support 100%. She is not technical, but has heard enough to think that My Philosophy and Lindows is a perfect fit.

I agree, and am anxiously awaiting the next release!
I just want to thank the Staff and The Insiders that have helped me!

I am glad I was willing to give Lindows a try! Now I'm not looking back!

Thanks! ..Geo

Insiders, like Gary and Geo, are the first to receive products and the first to sound off when they have concerns. You can visit the Insiders' sign-up page to view all of the benefits of membership. If you haven’t joined by now, consider the impact your voice and support will have in the future. only becomes a viable company with your support.

Michael Robertson just launched for Insiders and visitors. Please feel free to visit to get the answers to your questions you may have about LindowsOS or

Bringing choice to your computer! has released LindowsOS Sneak Preview 1 and 2 to a select group of Insiders. The Sneak Previews are not fully completed products but showcase many of the unique features such as a “Friendly-Install” alongside an existing Microsoft Windows operating system, a streamlined installation process which requires no computer knowledge and the ability to run popular Windows-based programs. This will be followed by the final version due out later in the year. For more information see

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