View Full Version : Lindows throws in the tow - l

15-04-04, 13:55
Linux distributor Lindows is changing the name of its operating system to Linspire. The company hopes "this puts a halt on the international lawsuits."

Microsoft has been busy suing the company in the US and in Europe alleging that Lindows is too similar to Windows. After failing to persuade the US courts the software giant filed trademark lawsuits against Lindows in Finland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada.

The case became ever more surreal with Microsoft lawyers claiming that Lindows first changed name Lin--s is pronounced "Lindash" "which bears an auditive resemblance to Windows".

Michael Robertson, chief exec at Lindows, said (http://www.lindows.com/lindows_news_pressreleases_archives.php?id=122): "Last week, Lindows won in French courts when Microsoft was denied a preliminary injunction. Despite our victories in the United States and overseas, a name change is still necessary to counter Microsoft's strategy to sue us in courts around the world. We're hoping that this puts a halt on the international lawsuits."

The company aims to have rebranded all its software in the next two weeks. Lindows will remain as the corporate name but Linspire will be used for all software. The company asked customers for suggestions for a new name and received hundreds including Linvu, Door and LinIUS.

The two-year fight with Microsoft will continue in the US.

The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/14/lindows_goes/)

15-04-04, 13:57
The Lindows operating system will henceforth be known as Linspire, according to Lindows.com owner Michael Robertson.

Robertson, whois better known as the founder of mp3.com, said in his weekly subscriber newsletter that the functionality of the product would not change, but name changes would occur throughout the product.

Microsoft has sued Lindows in the US and other countries, asking that the company be forced to change the name of its operating system, which is based on Linux, as it bears too close a resemblance to the name Windows.

Lindows has been allowed to use the name in the US until the case is resolved; judges in Finland, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have issued preliminary injunctions barring use of the Lindows name.

Robertson said the Lindows name would be used, "primarily in the US and as our corporate name. Since many people know our company as Lindows, and there are hundreds of stores with our products on their shelves, we will keep the name Lindows as our corporate identity, and the product may be merchandised under that name in the US."

However, the product name change would be for all countries as "Microsoft is asking courts to levy massive fines just because users in certain foreign countries can access our website. We can't afford to lose a battle on this topic. Second, we have partnerships with hard disk, motherboard, laptop and desktop companies that want to ship our products to their worldwide market. If they are restricted to certain countries, then it impedes their business and therefore ours."

A version of LindowsOS with the new name is now available for download.

Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/15/1081838832198.html)