SAN DIEGO, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft has filed a new complaint
against Lindows, Inc. in Dutch courts, despite a product name change and
corresponding website name change to Linspire. Microsoft has asked the court
to levy a 100,000 Euro per day fine against the operating system competitor.
A hearing on this request will be held on May 11, 2004.
On April 13, 2004, Lindows formally changed its product name and website
from Lindows to Linspire in response to a Microsoft tactic of launching
lawsuits in countries around the world over identical issues already heard in
the United States concerning the windows trademark. More than two years ago,
Microsoft began asking U.S. courts to halt the use of the term "lindows" and
have been repeatedly rejected. The U.S. case is awaiting trial which
Microsoft is now delaying with appeals.
The outcomes from Microsoft's many lawsuits have been mixed. Most
recently, a French court sided with Lindows, but earlier a Dutch Judge blocked
sales of Lindows into the Netherlands. After that ruling, Lindows halted all
sales of its products under any name into that country. Currently no products
are being sold under the Lindows or Linspire name into the Netherlands, yet
Microsoft is continuing to file complaints in this region.
"Microsoft is continuing the bullying tactics which have obliterated
competition over the last 20 years and led to convictions on multiple
continents," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc.
"Its recent actions demonstrate that it has not reformed, but continues to be
one of the world's worst corporate citizens that will do anything to squash
competitors that threaten its monopoly profits."
"We halted the sale of all products under any name to the Netherlands some
time ago. At that time Microsoft argued that consumers were confused,
although they have neverpresented even one consumer who admits to being
confused. Now Microsoft is taking the ridiculous position that the U.S.
required copyright notice in tiny text on the bottom of some of the pages of
the Linspire.com web site will confuse consumers," added Michael Robertson.
"We hope the Judge and the world will view Microsoft's action as continuing
anti-competitive behavior and compel the company to compete fairly."
Linspire is an affordable, full-featured computer operating system that
delivers the power, security, stability and value of Linux with an easy and
intuitive design. Meeting the needs of all skill levels, Linspire can be
instantly installed or comes pre-installed on a wide-range of desktop and
laptop computers. Linspire is currently being distributed to over 450 OEMs
worldwide and continues to identify new channel partners and strategies to
drive sales in emerging markets. The term "Lindows" is not used on the
website except as required for corporate and copyright identification
For further information, please contact: Ellie Sanchez of Lindows, Inc.,
+1-858-587-6700, ext. 263, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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' proprietary CNR technology that allows the
installation, updating and management of hundreds of software programs usually
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
(www.linspire.com/espanol) and Japanese (www.linspire.com/edge). Those who
are interested in becoming authorized resellers of Linspire should visit
www.linspire.com/reseller, or www.linspire.com/builder if interested in
selling computers pre-loaded with Linspire. Corporate information about
Lindows, Inc. is available at www.lindowsinc.com.
Linspire is a trademark of Lindows, Inc., a US Corporation. Copyright )
2004 Lindows, Inc. All rights reserved. Linspire and Lindows, Inc. are not
endorsed by or affiliated with Microsoft Corporation in any way.
SOURCE Lindows, Inc.