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.
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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.