LindowsOS ready to hit retail shelves

Software buyers may be doing a double take in retail stores over the coming months as they see Microsoft's familiar Windows...

Software buyers may be doing a double take in retail stores over the coming months as they see Microsoft's familiar Windows operating system (OS) sitting next to the new OS from Lindows.com.

That's because the renegade Linux-based software vendor kicked off its LindowsOS reseller program on Monday, in what it said would be the beginning of its entry into the retail market.

Lindows, which is being sued by Microsoft for trademark infringement, had previously sold its OS bundled with low-cost PCs or via download from the company's site. However, the company's move into retail stores raises the bar in its battle, putting it on the same shelves as Windows.

Lindows is offering its LindowsOS 3.0 Membership Edition for only $129 (£86) fee. The software licence includes a one-year membership to the company's "Click-N-Run Warehouse" of software offerings that users can download to customise their PCs.

LindowsOS is also compatible with Microsoft Windows files.

More information on Lindows' reseller program can be found at www.lindows.com/reseller

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