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By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-01-15 Print this article Print

Robertson believes this makes it much easier for companies to install new computers. "Youll be able to set up the environment so that you can remotely set up machines. You just buy a computer, install it, and it will automatically set itself up according to the users and administrators requirements," he said. "So, for example, you could, in theory, set up a new computer in accounting and it would automatically set itself up not only with the default user account and software but spreadsheets and accounting software at the same time."

Kevin Carmony, president of, said an organization will be able to buy, manage, deploy and update all of its desktop software from any Web browser in the world. "Picture an IT manager sitting down at a Web browser, logging in, purchasing 500 copies of LindowsOS, 350 copies of StarOffice, 25 DVD players for the conference rooms, etc., and then with a push of a button deploying this software, along with hundreds of open-source titles, at will to desktops throughout the organization."

Robertson is confident that LindowsOS Professional will be able to do such things because "Click N Run gives us more experience than anyone else in installing different environments and disparate machines."

In addition, Robertson said, LindowsOS Professional Click N Run "can be used for both open-source and proprietary software. You can build your own warehouse. For instance, if you wanted to use Microsoft Office XP, using CodeWeavers CrossOver Office for compatibility, instead of Star Office, on LindowsOS Professional, you could install it from your businesss Click N Run warehouse."

This, of course, can take up a lot of server and network bandwidth. LindowsOS Professional will address this by locally caching data and programs, Robertson said.

Can become a business software company? According to Carmony, its already there. "I think because Wal-Mart sells LindowsOS PCs, people assume its not ideal for business. For servers, Red Hat and SuSE rock. But for desktop use, be it at home, school or business, LindowsOS has strong features," he said. "Desktop is all we do. The IT managers who use LindowsOS swear by it. Affordable, easy, stable, fast and great software management make LindowsOS ideal for businesses."

This is not Lindows first attempt to enter the business space. Last summer, Lindows introduced its BusinessStation service based on inexpensive WebStations, essentially network computers using unmodified LindowsOS 4 with limited success.

LindowsOS Professional will be shipping in the second half of the year. No pricing has been set at this time. Besides selling directly, will be using its reseller channel to deliver the new operating system to business customers.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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