Lindows, Inc. Announces New Product Name: Linspire

Legal Battle to Continue for Right to Use 'Lindows' Brand in the United States

Apr 14, 2004, 01:00 ET from Lindows, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Lindows, Inc. today announced that the
 company's desktop Linux operating system LindowsOS has been renamed to
 Linspire. The website has been replaced by,
 which will now be the primary site for consumers who are looking for
 information, who want to purchase any Lindows, Inc. products, or are looking
 for support for previously purchased software.
     "We have partnerships with hard disk, motherboard, laptop and desktop
 companies that want to ship our software to their worldwide market," said
 Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc. "By renaming our
 product, we are able to facilitate distribution of low-cost, easy-to-use
 desktop Linux.
     "Last week, Lindows won in French courts when Microsoft was denied a
 preliminary injunction," added Robertson. "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. A Microsoft spokesperson has publicly
 stated that 'We're only asking that Lindows change their name' which is what
 we have done."
     The two-year-old case between Lindows and Microsoft over the trademark
 "windows" will continue in the United States. Microsoft has appealed to the
 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the case is pending a decision as to
 whether the Appeals Court will hear Microsoft's appeal. The name Lindows will
 still be used in the United States in certain instances and as the corporate
     Linspire is similar in features and capabilities to LindowsOS, but will
 have Linspire branding throughout. Current users of LindowsOS will not be
 affected and an upgrade is not required. The my.lindows accounts of LindowsOS
 users will now be available at, including CD downloads,
 account information, and other resources. Current Warehouse members have the
 option of downloading and installing Linspire from their my.linspire account
 at no cost. OEMs and resellers selling LindowsOS products may continue to ship
 existing inventory. Within two weeks, the entire software line will be
 available with Linspire-branded products, including Linspire Laptop Edition,
 Linspire Developer Edition and Spanish-language Linspire.
     The website will offer visitors information about the
 Linspire software and process purchases, while all corporate information about
 Lindows, Inc. will now be available at High-resolution
 logos of Linspire are available at
     For a more complete discussion of the name change, visit
     To stay up-to-date on all Lindows happenings, visit
      For more information, please contact:
      Kira Lee
      Lindows, Inc.
      858-587-6700 ext. 263
     About Lindows, Inc.
     Lindows, Inc., is a leading developer and vendor of affordable Linux-based
 operating systems, applications software and computer services, designed
 specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and
 businesses.  At the cornerstone of Lindows, Inc. is the Linspire operating
 system.  Linspire uses Lindows' unique CNR technology that allows the
 installation, updating and management of thousands of software programs with
 just one click.  The Linspire Laptop Edition is specifically tailored for the
 power management and wireless needs of mobile computer users.  The Linspire
 operating system is also offered in Spanish ( and
 Japanese (www.linspire/edge). Those who are interested in becoming authorized
 resellers of Linspire should visit, or if interested in selling computers pre-loaded with
 Linspire. Corporate information about Lindows, Inc. is available at

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