LindowsOS 4 Has More Than Rookie Appeal

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-07-14 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last month, Lindows.com began shipping version 4 of its consumer-focused LindowsOS Linux distribution.

Last month, Lindows.com began shipping version 4 of its consumer-focused LindowsOS Linux distribution. This edition has a lot to offer newbies, and some things for power users, too.

The $50 ($60 if you want physical media) LindowsOS starts users off with a Flash-based tutorial that describes, with sound and animation, the functions of all that comes on the desktop.

LindowsOS also has a couple of things to teach bigger-name Linux distributions. I was impressed by its handling of USB thumb drives. Most require some command-line fiddling to get going, but in LindowsOS, you plug one of these drives into a USB port, and an icon for the auto-mounted drive pops up on the desktop.

LindowsOS list price includes a one-year subscription to Lindows Click-N-Run Warehouse, which makes obtaining and installing Linux apps simple. For more information, check out www.lindows.com.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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