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Michael's Minute: LindowsFamily and $799 Mobile PC

This week is busy hosting the Desktop Linux Summit -- the first event devoted to using Linux on the desktop. Since I know that many of you can't make it to the show but are still interested in the latest news, I'm sending you this special Michael's Minute talking about our two new products. Today at the show, we're announcing two exciting products which will help achieve our vision of a computer in every room and in every backpack or briefcase--and I wanted to alert you to them so you'd be the first to know.

Many families want to purchase a new computer for their home but are concerned about the safety. There's great value on the Internet, but there's also a lot of potentially harmful content that most parents don't want their childeren to bump into. Parents often restrict their kids' online time to the computer in the living room where they can oversee activity. Until now there's been no way to buy a computer that, when plugged in, gives you access to the richness of the net, but also seamlessly blocks the objectionable materials. When we polled parents, they said there was a real need for a "Family Computer" - a computer that allowed the beneficial parts of the Internet, but blocked the bad. They also said that it needed to be extremely affordable and work with all network connections whether DSL, cable modem or dialup.

Today, we're announcing the availability of LindowsFamily, the first product in what will be a large product category - Family Computers. The "one size fits all" PC of the past needs to start specializing to better serve market segments if the PC industry is to continue to grow. LindowsFamily meets the needs of families looking for a first computer, or additional computers for their homes, in a way that the traditional PC does not. LindowsFamily combines the power and ease-of-use of LindowsOS with features designed to ensure a safer computing experience out of the box. All LindowsFamily computers include the new SurfSafe web filtering system which seamlessly blocks inappropriate materials for any net-connected computer. SurfSafe is integrated into the computer, so it works with any net connection whether DSL, cable-modem or dialup. It also works to block objectionable materials in web browsers and email, so it will not only protect web browsing, but is also effective against pornographic spam e-mail messages.

LindowsFamily is easy to set up, fast and perhaps best of all -- very affordable. Included with every Family Computer is one year of SurfSafe which can be turned on through an easy-to-use interface. SurfSafe is an "updated-daily" service which tracks millions of inappropriate URLs and routes web traffic around them with no noticeable degradation of the browsing experience. is working with our same network of value minded computer manufacturers to ensure that the first Family Computers are affordable. and other leading builders are selling LindowsFamily computers for under $300 making them practical as a first family computer, student computer, or for any school, library or church concerned about youth and their access to inappropriate material.

I imagine that some of you are familiar with client-side security attempts like MSN and AOL Parental Controls. While these are admirable first attempts, every 11-year-old seems to know that all you have to do to circumvent Parental Controls is click on the browser icon on the desktop or Start menu and there is no protection at all. These services basically only offer "one-window" security. To really work, filtering needs to be
Click here to see how LindowsFamily compares to MSN
incorporated into the operating system so it works in all windows, not just the window that has the dialup software. Additionally, to the extent that these services work at all, they work only if you use the prescribed ISP. LindowsFamily protection works with any type of net connection - even broadband. To learn more about this product, or to purchase, go here.

The other major announcement we're making is the $799 Lindows Mobile PC. Just like broke through the price barrier on desktop computers when introducing the $199 computer, we're now doing the same for notebook computers with our $799 Lindows Mobile PC.

Conventional laptops are too heavy and too expensive. Handhelds are too low powered. What's needed is a lightweight computer which users can take anywhere, and it needs to be light in price as well as weight - that is what makes a "Mobile PC."

At the Desktop Linux Summit we'll be displaying the phenomenal $799 laptop that only weighs 2.9 pounds. This featherweight but capable computer comes with LindowsOS, 933 MHz processor, 256MB RAM, USB 2.0, Firewire, Ethernet, 12.1 TFT display plus a PCMCIA slot to add more functionality, such as wireless networking. No other computer is so ideally suited for mobility as the affordable under 3lb. Lindows Mobile PC. It compares favorably to computers costing 2 or 3 times as much. This computer is available for order immediately and you'll want to get your order in quickly to get yours in our first shipment.

We're confident that LindowsFamily and the Lindows Mobile PC will encourage even more people to consider Linux for all of their desktop computing needs.

I'll be back next week with a full Desktop Linux Summit report.

-- Michael, Inc. is a proud sponsor of the Desktop Linux Summit to be held in San Diego on February 20th and 21st. Companies, schools and individuals interested in learning how to deploy Linux on the desktop and save money at home, in schools or in business should attend. To learn more, visit

Please visit to answers questions you may have about LindowsOS or

Bringing Choice to Your Computer! is a consumer company that brings choice to computer users., Inc. was started by Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of LindowsOS is a modern, affordable and easy-to-use operating system that allows users access to hundreds of applications via the Click-N-Run (TM) Warehouse. All applications in the Click-N-Run Warehouse ( are licensed on a lifetime, per-person or family basis and can be downloaded, installed and run with just one-mouse click. LindowsOS is presently available on LindowsOS Certified Computers ( being offered from Builder partners ( LindowsOS can be ordered on CD and/or downloaded at

LindowsOS and are trademarks of, Inc. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft® Windows operating system is a registered trademark or service mark of the Microsoft Corporation.


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