Lindows.com now gives users of its Linux-based PC operating system the option to buy individual software programs from its download warehouse without having to pay an annual access fee.
Previously, Lindows.com gave access to the approximately 1,700 programs in the warehouse only through an annual $99 fee. With the exception of about a dozen, the rest of the warehouse programs are free of charge. The membership fee gives users the right to download any of the programs in the warehouse - be they free or fee-based - and keep them for life at no additional cost.
There are about $300-worth of fee-based programs in the warehouse, giving members savings of up to $200, said John Bromhead, Lindows.com's marketing vice president.
This annual membership option is called Click-N-Run. The software programs in the Click-N-Run warehouse are configured for simple downloading to a LindowsOS PC.
The new "a la carte option", called Click-N-Buy, complements the existing Click-N-Run program by offering simple downloads tailored for LindowsOS users while letting users skip the annual fee and pay only for the programs they want.
However, Click-N-Buy applies only to the warehouse's fee-based programs. The free programs in the Click-N-Run warehouse are available only with the annual membership. These programs can be obtained individually from their developers as well.
In the coming months, the nature of the Click-N-Run warehouse will begin to change as Lindows.com adds more fee-based programs to the warehouse. Increasingly, the fee-based programs will be available to members at a discount, whereas so far they have been available at no additional cost.
Programs that Lindows.com previously made available only via the annual Click-N-Run membership but now sells individually via Click-N-Buy include the following:
Sun Microsystems' StarOffice suite, which is available at no additional cost to Click-N-Run members and at a price of $75 individually through Click-N-Buy;
Idruna Software's Photogenics graphics editing program, which is available at no additional cost to Click-N-Run members and at a price of $79 individually through Click-N-Buy;
A collection of Bistream TrueType fonts, which is available at no additional cost to Click-N-Run members and at a price of $99 individually through Click-N-Buy
Lindows.com also sells other software that is not part of the Click-N-Run warehouse, such as the VirusSafe for LindowsOS antivirus software, which is based on Central Command's Vexira Antivirus for Linux Workstation product.