Walmart.com has begun selling Lindows.com's Linux-based operating system, LindowsOS 3.0 Membership Edition for $99 (£60).
The operating system comes with a one-year membership to the Lindows.com Warehouse, a collection of more than 1,700 software programs. The membership lets users download any of the Warehouse programs for free and keep them for life.
Available programs include the office suite StarOffice 6.0 from Sun Microsystems, which normally retails for $75 (£45.50), the Bitstream Deluxe Font Pack, which costs $99 (£60), as well as many other programs for tasks such as creating and editing multimedia files and for managing personal finances, from a wide variety of software developers. A one-year access to the Lindows.com Warehouse normally costs $99.
The LindowsOS also includes support for Microsoft file types, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint file types.
Lindows.com also announced that Walmart.com is now selling a range of Microtel Computer Systems PCs loaded with LindowsOS 3.0 and LindowsOS MP3.com Edition, a version of the operating system which comes with 100 songs in digital format chosen from the MP3.com song library.
The LindowsOS Microtel PCs are sold at Walmart.com and range in price from $200 (£121) to $500 (£304) and uses chips from Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and Via Technologies.Walmart.com also sells a variety of standalone versions of Windows desktop operating systems, including Windows 2000 Professional for $300 (£182).