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Linspire

An earlier Linux-based operating system for x86 PCs from Linspire, Inc., San Diego, CA. Linspire used the open source Linux operating system and came with the OpenOffice.org office suite and a variety of other applications to provide a desktop environment similar in appearance to Windows. It was marketed as an easy-to-use, low-cost operating system for PCs that included all the basic applications. Originally using the Debian version of Linux, Linspire switched to Ubuntu in 2007 (see Debian and Ubuntu).

Click-N-Run (CNR)
Linspire included Click-N-Run (CNR) installation, where users could download a variety of proprietary and open source applications with one click of the mouse. The basic level was free, but a paid subscription offered discounts on commercial Linux software. In 2008, Linspire was acquired by Xandros Inc., primarily for the CNR system. Xandros marketed a Linux distribution.

It Used to Be Lindows
Linspire was introduced in 2001 under the name LindowsOS, and the company was called Lindows, Inc. Soon after, Lindows received worldwide publicity when Microsoft sued it for trademark infringement, claiming the similarity of the Lindows and Windows names would confuse the public. In 2004, Lindows changed its name and brand to Linspire. See Linux.
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The change is in response to Microsoft's claim that the Lindows.com and LindowsOS names infringe its Windows trademark, a complaint that has failed to succeed in securing an injunction against Lindows.com in the US but has been more successful in Europe, where it has won a preliminary injunction preventing Lindows.com from operating in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
LindowsOS Laptop Edition has now been expanded to include support for Centrino laptops, resulting in lower prices being available to consumers.
has announced the beginning of a 30,000 LindowsOS PC launch geared to equip Canadians with affordable and easy-to-use computing solutions.
Microsoft Corp has won a temporary restraining order in Sweden that has prevented any sales of LindowsOS in the country from Lindows.com, an operating system supplier.
Lindows.com was founded in 2001 by Michael Robertson, former CEO and Founder of MP3.com, with the mission of providing "The Affordable Choice." Lindows.com is best known for LindowsOS, the leading Linux operating system for use on desktop and notebook computers.
Lindows.com, Inc., San Diego, has launched Lindows DVD player, a DVD playback solution with a fully-licensed decoder that allows commercial DVDs to be played easily and flawlessly on LindowsOS computers.
Lindows.com, Inc., San Diego., Calif., has introduced an integrated antivirus service for LindowsOS (http://www.lindows.com/virussafe).
is now offering a fiat-fee educational program that allows any institution to install the LindowsOS operating system and educational software on an unlimited number of computers for $500 a year.
Professional Open Desktop is a Linux desktop based on LindowsOS that is capable of running Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
IN JUNE 17, WALMART.COM BEGAN selling eight different Microtel desktop computers with preinstalled LindowsOS, a Linux-based operating system that also can run some Microsoft Windows software applications.
The preview release of LindowsOS, now available, costs $99 -- about half the price of Microsoft's new Windows XP.
Available as a single DVD costing $149, the product includes LindowsOS 4.5, LindowsOS Laptop Edition, LindowsDeveloper Edition, LindowsLive!, CNR Express, diagnostic tools and older Lindows releases.