been a very busy and productive year for us at Lindows.com. Sometimes
it is hard to keep up with all the things we're producing, so I wanted
to take this chance to recap for you some of the innovations from
Lindows.com this year. Here is a list of some of our more important
achievements from this year, just in case you missed one of my Minutes,
or don't have them all committed to memory :-)
February 18th and 19th, 2003
At the 1st annual Desktop Linux Summit, we introduced
two new products that were firsts not only for us, but for all of
Linux. The first was VirusSafe: an easy-to-use integrated
anti-virus program that is capable of real-time scanning, automatic
definitions updates, and cross-platform protection (both protecting your
computer and ensuring you wouldn't send Microsoft Windows-based
viruses to people over the Internet). The second major announcement at
the Summit was the $799 Lindows Mobile PC. The Lindows Mobile
PC was not only the first Linux Laptop for consumers, but was also the
first affordable ultra-lightweight computer, weighing just 2.9 lbs.
March 13th, 2003
We launched Click-N-Buy to deliver commercial software with the
same ease as Click-N-Run. Click-N-Buy now features
a range of high-quality products, including NeTraverse's Win4Lin 5.0,
LinuxCad, Sun StarOffice, MoneyDance, Think Tanks and more!
April 23rd, 2003
The Bronze Builder Program was introduced to offer a hassle-free
program for smaller system builders who wanted to offer commercially
supported Linux to their customers. For just $100 a year, and no per-unit fees, Bronze Builders can ship up to 100 computers per month with LindowsOS.
June 25th, 2003
We announced the availability of our most impressive release to date: LindowsOS 4.0.
LindowsOS 4.0 is the most advanced, easy-to-use operating system
available, featuring interactive multimedia tutorials, Plug & Play hardware detection,
spam and pop-up ad blocking, tabbed web browsing, improved support for
modems, scanners, digital cameras, WiFi and networking with MS Windows
computers, and much more!
July 10th, 2003
was created to allow anyone to experience LindowsOS without having to
install anything on their computer. LindowsCD is perfect for Microsoft
Windows users who want an easy way to try out Linux. It includes many
of the features found in LindowsOS 4.0, including surfing the Internet,
instant messaging, webmail, and even includes a Microsoft-compatible
office suite for word processing, spreadsheets, slide show
presentations and more!
July 16th, 2003
LFriendly.com was launched to showcase Linux-friendly computer builders, ISPs and peripherals. LFriendly.com lists popular
Linux-friendly hardware from brands like Epson, HP, Sony,
Philips, Canon, Samsung, and more. LFriendly.com connects consumers to
top vendors like walmart.com, Office Depot, Best Buy, Buy.com, and Tech
July 22nd, 2003
A new kind of computer was announced, the WebStation, a computer deigned
for surfing the Internet, instant messaging, webmail, networking, and
creating, editing, and sending word processing documents, spreadsheets
and slide show presentations. Because the Lindows WebStation
runs off an internally-located CD, simply restarting the computer will
restore it to its original configuration, making it virtually
indestructible. In addition, the Lindows WebStation starts at just $169
and is perfect for use in libraries, businesses, and in public places,
like kiosks and information booths.
Lindows.com unveiled the Lindows DVD player, the first licensed DVD player for viewing commercial DVDs on Desktop Linux. At just $4.95
for Click-N-Run members, the Lindows DVD player is not only one of the
easiest and most functional DVD players for your computer, but it's
also the most affordable!
August 8th, 2003
KooBox.com started selling the first complete retail Linux computer.
Starting at just $449, the KooBox includes a flat-panel LCD monitor,
256MB of memory, LindowsOS 4.0, access to over 1500 programs with the
included Click-N-Run membership, and 90-day trials of VirusSafe and
SurfSafe. If you need a computer for back to school, for a home office,
or have just been wanting a new computer, the KooBox is the perfect
August 13th, 2003
To assist schools, businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations with the deployment of LindowsOS, we launched the Consultants Program.
In the week since its debut, over 300 consultants have signed up in 30
countries around the world. If you've been waiting to make the switch
to LindowsOS, find a consultant today to help you with your questions
As you can tell from the list above, we have been very
busy...but the year's not over yet and we have lots more to do. I hope
you have checked out some of the products and services above, and have
found them to be useful. I'm glad that we were able to get so much done
this year, and I hope you look forward to the everything still to come.
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