[THIN] Re: NEWS: Lindows forced to change their name to Linspire

  • From: "Jan Broucinek" <tinybeetle@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 08:45:31 -0400

Um, where is this on their web site? I can't seem to find it. I select
the $49.95 download only version and am told that the coupon code I've
entered isn't valid for this product.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Durbin" <techlists@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 5:35 AM
Subject: [THIN] Re: NEWS: Lindows forced to change their name to
Linspire


> It's Lindows, obviously, but it only works if you pick the right
product -
> the IOS Image download.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff Durbin
> > Sent: Thursday, 15 April 2004 3:53 p.m.
> > To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [THIN] Re: NEWS: Lindows forced to change their name
> > to Linspire
> >
> > Ok, I give up. What's the coupon code?
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Kenzig
> > > http://thin.net
> > > Sent: Thursday, 15 April 2004 2:13 p.m.
> > > To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > Subject: [THIN] NEWS: Lindows forced to change their name
> > to Linspire
> > >
> > > It's catchy. I guess it could stick.
> > > JK
> > >
> > > Michael's Minute: Linspire
> > >
> > > In the US, we have the rule of "double jeopardy," which
> > says you can't
> > > be tried for the same offense multiple times. This is
> > because putting
> > > defendants through multiple identical trials is patently
unfair -
> > > regardless of the outcome. This is exactly what Microsoft is
doing.
> > > They sued us over the trademark in the U.S., where both
companies
> > > reside, and we have repeatedly prevailed. After about two
> > years, they
> > > began suing us in multiple foreign countries over the exact same
> > > issue, while delaying the U.S. action. At about sextuple
> > jeopardy, we
> > > had no choice but to select a different product name
> > internationally.
> > > (I had to look up 'sextuple' - it's not a word that I use
> > every day,
> > > and it means 6
> > > times.) The simple truth is that the sheer number of
> > lawsuits launched
> > > by the richest company in the world is tough for any company to
> > > withstand. In addition to our victories in the United States,
last
> > > week we won our case in France when the Court in Paris rejected
> > > Microsoft's demand for a preliminary injunction, but we must
still
> > > change our name - what a shame.
> > > This is not how the legal system is supposed to work.
> > >
> > > Today we're announcing our new name - Linspire. The new name
> > > incorporates the notched L we are known for, 'Lin' from Linux
and
> > > 'spire' which means pinnacle. More important than what
> > people think of
> > > the new name initially, is what they come to think of it over
time.
> > > Few people who hear "Motorola" think of radios for motor cars,
but
> > > that's the heritage of their name. Motorola's products and
services
> > > now convey much different meaning to consumers. Lindows
> > will face the
> > > same challenge with our new name. Most computer users have never
> > > experienced Lindows, so we have a chance to make that
all-important
> > > first impression. We will work hard to make sure Linspire comes
to
> > > stand for affordability and choice as well as ease of use.
> > >
> > > Now you probably have a lot of questions about the new name.
> > > Let me try to answer them below:
> > >
> > > Q: Why are you changing the name everywhere instead of just the
> > > affected countries?
> > > A: Two reasons. First 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.
> > >
> > > Q: Where will the Linspire name be used?
> > > A: Our website name will change to Linspire. If someone types
> > > "lindows.com" they'll automatically be taken to Linspire.com.
> > > We'll migrate the thousands of web pages to the new website.
> > > It's a big and costly job, but we'll do our best to minimize the
> > > impact to you. We'll keep the great support area at
> > > support.linspire.com as well as the most active forums in the
> > > industry!
> > >
> > > Q: What does the new logo look like?
> > > A: Scroll to the bottom of the page to see it.
> > >
> > > Q: What happens to the Lindows.com website?
> > > A: Most of the content will move to Linspire. Corporate
information
> > > will still be available at a new site, www.lindowsinc.com.
> > >
> > > Q: Will the LindowsOS software change?
> > > A: The functionality of the product will not change, but
> > there will be
> > > name changes throughout the product. A new version is now
available
> > > with the new name for you to download and install.
> > >
> > > Q: Will the Lindows name still be used?
> > > A: Yes, 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. For some users the name lindows will have
> > more value
> > > than ever.
> > >
> > > Q: Is there any promotion related to the new name?
> > > A: We'd like to take out full-page ads in the Wall Street
> > Journal, PC
> > > World and eWeek, but our budget doesn't allow for that. We have
> > > something even better planned though. For the next few
> > days, we have a
> > > special offer where you can receive a copy of Linspire,
> > > hot-off-the-presses for free. That's right, zero dollars.
> > But there's
> > > a catch - actually two.
> > > First, you must use a special coupon code. Simply click on
> > > $49.95 Linspire 4.5 OS from the order page. Then click on
> > the 'Apply
> > > Coupon' button and enter the coupon code. Second, the download
will
> > > only be available from our BitTorrent P2P system so our
> > servers don't
> > > melt. Don't worry if you've never tried BitTorrent. It runs on
> > > Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers and is easy to
get
> > > started. We'll give you step by step instructions. And no,
> > it's not an
> > > oversight that I haven't provided the actual coupon code.
> > You'll have
> > > to guess what the one-word code is.
> > >
> > > Q: Does this mean the end of the lawsuits?
> > > A: 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.
> > However,
> > > the US lawsuit is well underway and we look forward to
> > having our day
> > > in court.
> > >
> > > Q: What is the update on the US case?
> > > A: Microsoft has appealed to the 9th Circuit. We are
> > continuing to ask
> > > for a prompt trial where the evidence can be heard by a jury.
It's
> > > unclear whether the Court of Appeals will grant Microsoft a
> > hearing or
> > > send it back to the original Judge who can schedule a trial
date.
> > >
> > > Q: Will my existing Lindows products still work?
> > > A: Absolutely, and we'll stand behind any products you have
> > purchased
> > > in the past.
> > >
> > > Q: Do I need to upgrade to Linspire right away?
> > > A: No, that is not necessary. Your copy of Lindows will
> > still work and
> > > interface with CNR, the Internet and everything else, you
> > do not need
> > > to upgrade. You will always be able to find the latest
> > version of the
> > > operating system in your my.linspire account, so you can upgrade
> > > whenever you would like.
> > >
> > > Q: Where will I find my downloads and account information?
> > > A: CD downloads, account information, and all the other
> > resources that
> > > you are used to having in your my.lindows account can now
> > be found at
> > > my.linspire.com.
> > >
> > > Q: I am an OEM or Reseller, and I ship Lindows computers or
> > software,
> > > what should I do?
> > > A: You may continue shipping your existing inventory. For any
new
> > > products, you will want to use the new Linspire-branded
> > product line.
> > > Within the next week or two, there will be Linspire-branded
> > products
> > > for our entire line-up, including Linspire, Linspire OEM
Edition,
> > > Linspire Laptop Edition, Linspire Developer Edition and a
> > > Spanish-language Linspire.
> > >
> > > What do you think of the new name and logo? Are there any
questions
> > > you have that I have not answered here? Sound off in the
Linspire
> > > forums.
> > >
> > > -- Michael
> > >
> > > Please visit support.linspire.com to answers questions you may
have
> > > about LindowsOS or Lindows.com.
> > >
> > > Bringing Choice to Your Computer!
> > >
> > > 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 our 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 (www.linspire.com/espanol) and
> > > Japanese (www.linspire/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 C
> > > 2004 Lindows, Inc. All rights reserved. Linspire and
> > Lindows, Inc. are
> > > not endorsed by or affiliated with Microsoft Corporation in any
way.
> > >
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