March 5, 2004

Lindows to sell cut-price Linux via P2P

Linux company Lindows is continuing its experiment of offering software via peer-to-peer networks.

The company said on Thursday that it is set to distribute its LindowsOS through P2P networks for $25 (£13.72), half the normal price, from its Web
site. Lindows has been targeting consumers with its packaged version of the open-source Linux operating system, which has a reputation of being geared
more for technically savvy individuals.

The file-sharing setup means lower networking costs for Lindows and faster downloads for users, the company said. By cutting back on bandwidth rates
and on hosting infrastructure such as servers and firewalls, Lindows said it can serve 1,000 or more simultaneous customers rather than the 125 its
earlier system could handle.



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