"Dear Lindows.com Friend,
Not too many months ago, I sat around the "lucky table" my
gave me from his successful business days and hatched the plan for
Lindows.com. I felt the world was out of balance with one
operating system that was leading to expensive pricing, unfriendly
and depriving people access to lower cost computing. Microsoft has
countless big and small companies who have embarked on similar
I was in a fortunate situation to invest some resources and bring
team whose mission was to bring choice back to computer users."Naturally, as the plans of Lindows.com became public, we were
"vaporware," a designation reserved for products that people talk
don't exist. I like skepticism. It's a healthy trait that will
well throughout life. And the fact was, LindowsOS "WAS" vaporware.
that changed last week with the release of our Sneak Preview.
We're not ready for public reviews, but a small group of our
www.lindows.com/signup ) who have agreed to test early versions of
product on non-critical computers gained access to an early, very
version of our technology. (Similar to a "sneak preview" of a
not the complete product, but you can get a feel for the end
some Insiders, Sneak Preview didn't work at all and we're working
to make sure it does work in the future. The world is a big place
with the help of our Insiders will we be able to create a solid
For the many that were able to use LindowsOS, we believe there are
compelling features to note, even in this early version.
1) Easy installation - read what one Insider wrote:
From: Paul M.
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: Lindows.com Insiders - Thank you for your patience
No need to reply, I just wanted you to know that the Lindows
very smoothly. My grandma would have been able to do it (g).
Paul's comments above sum it up. For MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® users, we
specially tuned option called a "Friendly Install" which lets you
with LindowsOS on the same machine you currently run older
operating systems and switch back and forth. Go here for a
http://net2.com/lindows/dualboot.htm ) For those interested in
about LinuxÂ® or seeing how their computer performs under a modern,
operating system, there's no easier or risk-free approach. No
formatting, partitioning or other steps are required, because just
restarting your computer lets you still run the old operating
system. It's a
great way for first-timers to experience Linux. Microsoft Windows
can simply double-click a file, click a couple of OK buttons, and
later they're running LindowsOS alongside their existing operating
Other versions of Microsoft Windows will install in a similar
will require starting the computer with LindowsOS in the CDROM
Sneak Preview version is not designed for MicrosoftÂ® Office XPÂ®.)
If you have a computer without an operating system or one you
erasing, you can install LindowsOS as the only operating system
just as easy....a couple of clicks and 10 minutes later you're
ready to go.
2) Migration of important data
For those users doing a "friendly install", LindowsOS makes
from the Microsoft world accessible. On the desktop is "My
Documents" and "C
Drive" which give complete access to the files and folders
previously on the
machine via LindowsOS. In addition, essential elements like
and email are moved and converted so their desktop is exactly like
it, all automatically.
3) Run Windows-based business programs - Read what another Insider
From: Ranger D.
Subject: Re: Windows Compatibility Feedback Form
I am running Office 2000 Premium. Outlook 2000 doesn't work well
[paraphrased], but other office apps work great. I love the work
are doing. Keep it up.
Running Windows-based programs is one of the most challenging
build for LindowsOS, but one of the most exciting because its
safeguard their investment and knowledge with their existing
programs. For those doing a "friendly install" (see #1) there will
item in the "Launch" menu called "Windows Programs." Go here to
screenshot of the launch menu ( http://net2.com/lindows/launch.htm
here you can attempt to launch programs you have installed prior
LindowsOS. If you're doing an install which erases your entire
then you will need to install your Windows based programs before
Some programs will work well and others will not work at all.
focusing our efforts on productivity applications, those
most likely going to work at this early stage. So try Microsoft
programs, Lotus NotesÂ® and other business tools to check out this
More exciting features are slated for the future as we move closer
version 1.0, which will we begin selling later this year.
LindowsOS is not
ready for use as your everyday desktop but hopefully Sneak Preview
demonstrates that we've shaken the vaporware label and you will
in your plans for the future. Thanks for your patience and support
work to bring choice back to your computer.
CEO of Lindows.com
Bringing choice to you computer!