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How to Eat Crow and Like It!

How to Eat Crow and Like It!

When "LinDows" first appeared I had signed up for the mailing notifications. I kept hearing and reading about all the great things it would do. A Linux operating system with the ability to run Windows programs. - in my mind this was taking the best of both worlds and merging them. But there was secrecy enveloped around this new OS, followed by brouhaha when MS filed an injuction against this new upstart company.

I followed the story and developments for many months, and when nothing was ever delivered as originally stated I became suspicous, downright paranoid, that this was just a marketing ploy by MS.

In the February issue of Linux Business Week (Vol. 2, issue 2) I stated flat out that I did not think this was a viable company, and that their stated direction was nothing more than a diversionary tactic to foil the public into thinking MS was against this company. I said "Lindows" was actually a MS-backed project trying to capture both markets without alerting the public to this fact.

Well, my first statement has been proven wrong with a notification that the OS-less MicroTel computers being sold through Wal-Mart are being sold preloaded with "Lindows 'Certified' OS". Yes, I'm eating crow right now, but I'm enjoying it. For I believe in the concept: "Combining the best of both and creating one platform that will run both." This isn't genius in concept, nor in implementation, but it is a visionary that recognized the opportunity so many diehard Linux users refused to consider. Shameful in my mind to be so narrowed minded, but the fact of it remains to this day.

Now on the second point: MS backed. Time will tell. I hope it is as stated, however, we the public have many times been told one thing only to find out later it is another. So, I truly look forward to eating my second helping of CROW!

The following is an 'Advertised List' from the Wal-Mart Web site of the MicroTel Computers being sold with the "Lindows" OS. I proudly present this to you with feathers hanging out of my mouth...


  • Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.8GHz
  • 400MHz frontside bus
  • 256MB 266MHz DDR Memory, up to 1GB
  • 40GB Ultra ATA-100 Hard Drive / 5400RPM
    (total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment)
  • CDRW 24X10X40
  • 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive
  • 10/100 LAN, Integrated
  • PCI 56K Modem
  • Up to 64MB video accelerator, integrated
  • AC'97 Soft Audio, Integrated
  • Micro ATX Tower Case (7.06" W x 14.7" D x 13.8" H)
  • Total drive bays: External, two 5.25", two 3.5"; Internal, one 3.5"
  • Available drive bays: External, one 5.25", one 3.5"; Internal, one 3.5"
  • Available Slots: 3 PCI, 1 AGP
  • 1 High-speed serial port
  • 1 Parallel port
  • 2 USB ports
  • 1 Game port
  • 104 Key Keyboard
  • 2 Button Mouse w/wheel
  • Audio Port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
  • 14 Watt (RMS) Stereo Speakers
  • Lindows Operating System! (Pre-installed)
  • Software includes Mail, Word Processor, Web Browser/ File Manager, Address Book, Calculator, CD Player, MP3 Player, Microsoft? PowerPoint? Viewer, Microsoft? Word? Viewer, Microsoft? Excel? Viewer, Image Viewer
  • Games include Tron, Battleship, Poker, Minesweeper, Potato Guy
  • 3 Click-N-Runs ? Select up to 3 free software applications from Warehouse of software applications

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