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I used to come to work all the time in shorts and Nikes. Nowadays I find myself getting "dressed up" for work almost every day. It seems like there's always a meeting to be had with someone who may be shocked if I show up in clothes which allow for noon basketball without a change. I've gone more business and now Dockers and a button up are the typical uniform. is also going more business. For sure, LindowsOS is already popular with many small to medium size businesses who have realized there's no more affordable way to outfit an office with PCs that can do Internet activities as well as seamlessly work with Microsoft Office documents. Recently I heard from many businesses about our new $169 WebStation product. They praised the zero maintenance and affordability, but they needed administrative tools to customize this product for their specific business applications.

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Today we're launching our BusinessStation services that give any business the power to transform a WebStation into a customized work terminal, public-access kiosk, in-store information hub or computer for any number of functions that businesses may need to enable web-based communications with customers, employees or back-end systems. Using an easy to use online form, any computer maintainer can configure WebStations to launch a specific Java program or Flash presentation, they can navigate to any corporate Intranet or other HTML-based location upon startup. Clusters of similar purposed machines can be assigned to a group, allowing a simple online selection to control a large network of machines.

To transform a WebStation into a custom BusinessStation costs just $10 a year per machine and can be managed from any web browser. Unlike many other zero maintenance initiatives, which just move the cost and complexity from the end-user to the network and system administrators and require expensive hardware, training and consultants to make everything work, we kept the simplicity of the original WebStation which is simply Plug & Play and doesn't require any other equipment to fully function.

Businesses very often use expensive computers to do simple web-based tasks, but now they can cut their IT costs, and increase the number of computers they buy at the same time...freeing up part of the budget for other uses. BusinessStations are designed to take advantage of web technologies and can be used for Flash-based training presentations, corporate Intranet portals, computer lab or library portals, online form processing, public information kiosks, and more!

We expect millions of BusinessStations to be deployed over the next few years. Here's just a few great examples that are already happening:

Fleet Alert tracking on a BusinessStation

Wireless telematics is a good example of the BusinessStation being deployed with an enterprise Java application. They deployed BusinessStations for tracking terminals with their Fleet Alert system, which allows them to track the truck locations, distance from destination, and trailer temperature (for trucks hauling perishable goods).
CAP, The Community Access Program for the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, is designed to assist communities to establish public Internet access sites. Using Lindows BusinessStations, they are able to afford more Internet-ready computers to maximize Internet availability to the public.


Large corporations very often use Java/web-based software in call centers and for workstations. Retail outlets can place BusinessStations in stores to gather customers' addresses for mailers.

We've worked with several corporations to make sure the BusinessStation meets their needs. If you're a business with custom needs, please keep letting us know what you need from your PCs to be more successful. We're committed to delivering great business solutions - even if that means we have to start wearing a suit and tie to work every day.

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