Lindows.com has launched LindowsCD, a program designed to give users the power of Linux through a LindowsOS CD-Rom.
The CD-Rom, which is a specialised version of LindowsOS 4.0, can work on most computers, with no installation or set-up required.
Hardware detection, plug and play support; and multimedia support for MP3, Real Audio, Real Video and Flash are included on the CD.
Each CD-Rom also contains a line of software including a complete Microsoft-compatible Office suite, meaning that Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files can be opened without additional software.
"There's enormous interest in Linux, but computer users don't always have a spare computer to try it out. Now with LindowsCD any user can insert the disc, restart their computer and they're running Linux," said Lindows.com chief executive officer Michael Robertson.
"When they're done, they simply remove the CD, restart their computer, and will find it in its original state."
Lindows.com is targeting users wanting to experiment with Linux, as well as educational institutions and training laboratories where Linux is needed only part of the time.
The LindowsOS CD-Rom is available now.
Lindsay Bruce writes for ITWorldCanada.com