Every week you get to hear from me about a topic I think is important. This time I'd like to share with you what some of our users are saying about the just released
LindowsOS 3.0. Below are email messages from two users exactly as they were sent to me. These two letters are quite typical of a lot of the mail I get about LindowsOS. If you haven't tried it yet, I hope you'll
take a look at LindowsOS 3.0 and
see for yourself what so many others are discovering.
From: Al Stroh
Sent: 11/26/2002 10:12 AM
To: Michael Robertson
I've been involved with computers (in one form or another) since the mid 70's, bought the first Apple PC (the Lisa) when it became available and have been running Microsoft products on both Intel and AMD based systems since the first version of Windows hit the streets.
During all those years my frustration level with both Microsoft products in general and their support of same (which is pathetically bad) has reached the point where I felt ready to punch someone (Bill Gates would be a good start) if things didn't improve. They didn't, by the way. I KNOW too that my experience has not been unique and I have many friends who have felt they too were in the same (sinking) boat.
Then along came LindowsOS and after finally getting around to installing it last night (I've been busy) on a new PC, I felt a breath of fresh air blow through my computer room. Not only is the GUI gorgeous but the applications are solid and functional to the point where if I did NOT run hi-res games (like Giants, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam, etc.), I would be content with everything LindowsOS and it's applications provide.
Seamless hardware integration, VERY fast installation, a simple yet complete user interface, powerful applications ... and I would not hesitate for a second to recommend LindowsOS to a new user or even a seasoned veteran such as myself who does not have need for high-res gaming support (which are most of the people I know).
The speed of LindowsOS is staggeringly fast and I kept having to remind myself that I really was connected to the Internet and viewing live pages that took less than a blink of the eye to display where it takes seconds to view them under Windoze (sic).
I'm impressed. VERY impressed! As a senior software engineer I've written code under a variety of Unix derivatives ... some with OSF/Motif and others just pure Unix. This one (LindowsOS) blows them ALL away.
Your folks did a superb job and being a skeptic at heart I must admit to being very (pleasantly) surprised ... not to mention impressed with the coding job your programmers have done. Keep up the inspiring work!
You've got a winner.
From: Keith Watson
Sent: 11/25/2002 09:08 AM
To: Michael Robertson
Subject: I owe you an apology sir
my name is Keith Watson.
over the past few months, I have been looking into your OS Lindows OS. From what I have been able to read on the Lindows OS, I have been comparing it with other distributions of Linux. I have also been comparing the free programs that you can download for Linux from the Internet, and comparing them to the programs that you are charging for in your Click 'n' Run Warehouse.
At first, I was under the impression that as most of the programs are freely available, Lindows.com was just another Microsoft type company that was only in business to make money based on false promises.
However, the reviews that I read on your OS, and the fact that you and your team have put a bunch of work into the Lindows OS, made me look at things a little closer.
I have been messing with Linux for a few years now and to date, I have not found a distro that actually made good on its promises. Also, all the distros i have tried, including Mandrake 9.0 and Red Hat 7.3 and 8.0 have been full of bugs and have not been the most user friendly distos that I have ever come across.
Lycoris LX Desktop and ELX Linux have so far been the most user friendly distros I have managed to find. They too, have been fraught with bugs. They both have some really cool features though. For example, Lycoris Desktop LX lets you browse the Windows partitions on your system, whether they are fat32 or ntfs. That is a very neat feature.
But the end result with these two distros, as with all the other distros, has been disappointing. I have been looking for a distribution of Linux that I could dump Windows for, and I did not find it in any of the distros I have downloaded and tried out, or that I have purchased in the store.
I know that I have given you and your team some very negative feedback, and sometimes, I was downright rude to you all. To your credit, you and your team did not respond to my negativism nor to my rudeness. That is a very professional attitude and you should all be commended for it.
Like I have been telling you sir, to date, I have been very disappointed in Linux in general. However, I kept on trying to find the one Windows buster that I knew was out there. Finally, out of sheer desperation to be rid of Windows, I decided to give the Lindows OS a shot. I figured that if it is more of the same, I could always ask for my money back. I went online to your site last night and hauled out my credit card, purchased the box set, and downloaded the ISO's. I burned them to disk, killed of Lycoris which was wasting a 60 gig drive in my primary box, and booted into Lindows.
Sir, today I stand before you, apologetic and completely humbled. From what I have seen so far, Lindows OS 3.0 lives up to your claims and more. In fact, I had my wife play with it and even she is impressed. I have to tell you, getting my wife to upgrade from Window 98 to Windows 2000 was a chore that took me several months to complete. As for upgrading to Windows XP... yeah right!!!
She played with Lindows OS 3.0 for a grand total of 15 minutes and then asked me to install it on her system along side WIndows 2000 so that she could get used to it before dumping Windows altogether. Higher praise than that, no one can give.
I must congratulate you and your team on a job extremely well done. Linux is finally ready for the masses.
Please accept my apologies for being such a pinhead. I seriously doubt that this customer will be requesting a refund. You have made a believer out of me.
Yours most sincerely,
PS: I have no objection to you using this e-mail on your site as a testimonial. You may also publish my name and e-mail address if you so wish. I am giving my permission to do this so that people can see that this is not just an advertising gimmick on your part.
As always, thanks for your support. We're working hard to make sure more users have similarly rewarding experiences with
LindowsOS 3.0 Membership Edition
support.lindows.com to answers questions you may have about LindowsOS or Lindows.com.
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