Some of you may still be anxious about making the switch to LindowsOS,
but migrating has never been easier than with LindowsOS 3.0. Bill Machrone,
the vice president of technology at Ziff Davis Publishing and editorial
director of the Interactive Media and Development Group, just released an article in PC Magazine
saying "the question most people have about Lindows[OS]
is whether they can use it on a daily basis without difficulty."
The article goes on to say that the answer is "yes" you can.
(Read the full article here)
Many of you may remember an earlier Michael's
Minute when I told you that my 16-year-old cousin George came to visit
over the summer, and got LindowsOS installed and running in 5 minutes. It's
so easy that my mom, who is admittedly not computer savvy, uses LindowsOS
AIM to chat, and people everywhere are realizing how easy it is to
make the switch to LindowsOS.
Mr. Machrone wrote in his article that "I've got
one of these PCs on my desk, and it's become part of my daily computing
life, living on the office LAN and handling day-to-day tasks. I'm as likely
to use it as I am to use any of my Windows machines to surf the Web or bang
out an e-mail." He went on to say "If you buy a Lindows-based system,
you're doing so for a reason, whether it's cost or thumbing your nose at
Microsoft. You'll get a functional system."
We've received a bit of flack from the ultra-intelligent hardcore
Linux gurus, for making LindowsOS too easy to use. In fact, the review
in PC Magazine
(tongue-in-cheek) refers to LindowsOS as a "Sissy Distro," saying "Hardcore
Linux users love to deride Lindows because it's too easy to use. I find
their attitude puzzling; do they cut down a cedar tree and mine anthracite
when they need a pencil?"
PC Magazine is right, we have made LindowsOS useable for everyone,
and while this may go against the ideologies of some Linux gurus, it means
that a choice is finally available to anyone who couldn't afford (or
didn't want to pay for) Microsoft's high-priced software. With LindowsOS
computers as low as $199, retailers like Walmart.com, TigerDirect.com
have been proving that there is demand for a modern, stable, and affordable
operating environment. (In fact, there has been so much demand that
has completely sold out of their $199 computer and TigerDirect.com has sold out
of their $229 computer)
Due to a large outcry for LindowsOS in the retail market,
this week marks another milestone in the world of desktop computing. We
have now launched our Reseller Program so that retailers
can offer LindowsOS
Membership Edition directly to the consumer with or without being preinstalled
on a computer.
Our reseller program aims to revolutionize
the norm for software retailers everywhere. We proved with our builder program
that convoluted pricing plans, RMA procedures and under-the-table "marketing
funds" are completely unnecessary and not good for either retailers or consumers.
You can read more about the ground-breaking program on the Reseller Page.
We are very excited about the amount of demand for choice
in 2002. Desktop Linux is continuing in the right direction with the
first Desktop Linux Summit here
in San Diego in February. Many of the major desktop Linux distributions will
be participating in the two-day event (register here).
Thanks to everyone for helping make 2002 a great year for
choice, and as unbelievable as it is, 2003 promises to be even better!
If you still haven't found the perfect gift for a friend or
loved one, it's not too late to get them a Lindows.com membership with digital
access to LindowsOS
and Click-N-Run Express. With our servers running 24/7 you don't have
to worry about troublesome holiday shipping delays. Order LindowsOS
digital version for $119 and check the box that indicates
"this is for a friend," and we'll make sure not to ruin the surprise.