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Why 35 Million AOL Users Should Buy A LindowsOS Computer

Today, we announced AOL's Netscape software to be the default "Net suite" on LindowsOS 2.0. With the focus on ease-of-use and affordability, Netscape and LindowsOS combine to make for the ultimate "AOL Computer." We surveyed every browser, e-mail, and chat option before signing a license with AOL Time Warner to include Netscape. We are solidly convinced that users will receive the best experience possible with AOL Time Warner and Netscape. (See for more details.)

With over 35 million users, LindowsOS wanted to make sure AOL members felt right at home when choosing LindowsOS. AOL users have always been accustomed to extremely easy-to-use solutions, but now they can experience a whole new level of computing and enjoy the power, stability and affordability of Linux, made possible with LindowsOS.

Netscape’s capabilities are an example of first-class functionality for the Web. All LindowsOS users benefit from the fast, feature-rich browser and e-mail. (Be sure and check out tabbed web browsing and pop-up suppression.)

While all of this is great news, today’s announcement signifies more that just a design win for the of-late-forgotten Netscape browser. Today’s announcement is more about the ever-changing landscape of the computer industry, an industry that is growing increasingly more affordable for computer users.

Just one example...for many years, AOL has allowed its users to create multiple screen names or e-mail addresses per account, but they’ve been limited because only one address could be activated at a single time. Anytime one name was used, all other names would be blocked. But to encourage broadband use, the rules have been relaxed to allow multiple addresses to be logged into AOL services simultaneously. This change was made so that AOL home and business users can now plug multiple computers into their network and have multiple people accessing their AOL mail and communicating via instant messenger simultaneously, instead of time-sharing on a single computer.

This is great news for AOL users since it means they'll be getting more value from their multiple accounts. With the LindowsOS $199 system, computer users can pick up an AOL-friendly LindowsOS computer from Out of the box, the LindowsOS system is equipped to directly connect to the many useful AOL services in an easy-to-use fashion, without the typical hassles of activation codes, viruses and other maintenance annoyances.

Until recently, AOL users were required to use the AOL client software to access their email and their buddy list - the life blood of their computing existence. But recent changes have blown away these limitations and expanded their accessibility. The latest Netscape software bundled with LindowsOS, talks directly to AOL servers. This means that many of the tasks that formerly required specialized AOL software can now be performed by the powerful Netscape suite.

For those needing to check your AOL email, there's no better mail software to use then Netscape 7.0. Using Netscape mail, you can create local folders to store email messages, address books, draft emails, etc. You can also have your spelling checked automatically before sending email, or create filters to block out junk mail. You can also check all of your AOL email accounts (otherwise known as screen names) all at once and even check any non-AOL email account at the same time.

Instant messaging fans can simply enter their screen name and password and have their complete buddy list at their disposal. There's no need to re-enter all your friends and co-workers addresses because those are automatically copied from the AOL servers. Similarly, AOL users can connect to thousands of chat rooms using LindowsOS.

Our commitment at is to make computing more affordable, but still focus on ease-of-use. That couldn’t be more evident than with the widespread success of AOL. We're proud to be working with the Netscape engineers to give AOL's customers a low -cost, easy-to-use but familiar experience with LindowsOS 2.0.

As a special thank you to all our Insiders for helping us shape the direction of LindowsOS, we are allowing free admission to Desktop Linux Summit. Insiders also receive a TWO-year membership to the "Click-N-Run Warehouse" (a $198 value) for $99. You'll want to hurry though, as this offer ends with the General Release of LindowsOS later this year

As always, thanks for your support.

Michael Robertson

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