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Lindows changes OS name to Linspire

Embattled Linux-based software supplier Lindows.com formally changed the name of its desktop operating system from LindowsOS to "Linspire", after a two-year trademark dispute with Microsoft.

The company said it renamed its OS product in an effort to end Microsoft's international legal attacks. The software company sued Lindows for trademark infringement in several countries over the similarity between the Windows and Lindows names.

Despite court victories in the US and other countries, a name change is still necessary to counter Microsoft's strategy of suing Lindows around the world, said company chief executive officer Michael Robertson.

The two companies are still going head-to-head in the US where Microsoft has applied for an appeal over the denial of its injunction requests.

The Lindows name will still be used in certain instances in the US and as the corporate name.

For product information and purchasing, however, customers are being directed to a new Linspire.com site.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service


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