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Lindows offers affordable Linux OS

Software vendor Lindows.com has unveiled its latest Linux-based operating system (OS), promising an affordable Linux offering for...

Software vendor Lindows.com has unveiled its latest Linux-based operating system (OS), promising an affordable Linux offering for the mass market that is compatible with Microsoft's Windows file formats.

With the release of LindowsOS 3.0, Lindows is raising the ante in its battle with Microsoft, which has sued the company for trademark infringement over the similarity of the Windows and Lindows names.

Lindows is marketing itself as a low-cost vendor, offering its new OS for $129 (£81), or $119 if downloaded from www.lindows.com. Purchasing the software gives users a membership in the company's "Click-N-Run Warehouse" which offers hundreds of software applications for download at no extra charge.

Lindows's latest OS is compatible with file types such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Flash, Real Audio and most graphic file types.

"Until now, the value of Linux has been unavailable to 99% of the world to experience first hand," said Lindows.com chief executive officer Michael Robertson.

The software vendor has been looking to extend its reach through alliances with mainstream retailers such as Walmart.com, which is offering a line of low-cost computers based on the LindowsOS.

The company is also working with StepUp Computing to launch a LindowsOS 3.0 version of its DocuNote Tablet PC, scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year.

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