Lindows Asking US Court to Stop MS's Global Assault

by Steve Mallett

Related link: http://news.osdir.com/article483.html



Lindows has been under siege from Microsoft lawyers in the Netherlands for the last few months over their controversial name. Despite a win in the US Lindows has been losing overseas. Now, it is appealing to a US Court asking them to stop Microsoft's "Global Assault" against them.

Personally I shake my head with each new headline with Microsoft in the headline waiting for the latest and greatest unbelievable plot twist, but I really wonder over this one. Is Lindows just getting what it reasonably should have expected using the name as a marketing ploy or is it really being put upon?

I'm not so sure how I feel about it. What say you?


6 Comments

musnat
2004-03-16 15:27:59
Lindows should die
I think Lindows is abusing the rhetoric against Microsoft and trying to make money over the media's bias against Microsoft. They should go bankrupt. They lied to their customers about windows compatability. They are not a first class company.
spaceman
2004-03-16 15:41:08
Lindows should die
"They should go bankrupt. They lied to their customers about windows compatability. They are not a first class company."


Wow that's pretty harsh. Can you point out where they've lied about windows compatability??

kentfx
2004-03-16 23:32:31
Lindows should die
The comment is indeed harsh, in the rather thoughtless way far too much dialog in our industry is. As far as the specific accusation, it simply isn't the case that Lindows "lied" about windows compatability. Early on, while they were still in beta, they said they intended to make their OS compatable with all Windows applications. They spent a lot of money trying to engineer that, and in fact succeeded in supporting the major Microsoft applications - Word, Excel, etc. But ultimately they failed to support Windows apps across the board for the same reason everyone else has failed (though a few have come close; WINE for instance) -- Microsoft refuses to publish the complete specifications for its applications, what analysists call the public interfaces. Lindows was completely open about this, and by the time version 1.0 came out they were making no claims about Windows compatability beyond the basic Microsoft applications.

As far as the writer's assertion that there is some animosity to Microsoft from "the press" -- that's an awfully odd way of characterising a very generalized antipathy toward the company. One wonders just who he works for.

jwenting
2004-03-17 02:17:44
Lindows should die
As far as the writer's assertion that there is some animosity to Microsoft from "the press" -- that's an awfully odd way of characterising a very generalized antipathy toward the company. One wonders just who he works for.


Which is a typical statement from the anti-Microsoft crowd.
Anyone who isn't against Microsoft must by your definition be a Microsoft employee and therefore an untrustworthy evil maniac by proxy?


Maybe some people just see things in a less biassed way than you do...

jwenting
2004-03-17 02:21:26
Lindows should die
Lindows is indeed a hoax launched purely to spite Microsoft and pull money out of the pockets of unsuspecting managers and consumers who have been taken in by the anti-Microsoft craze (which is entire created by jealousy for Microsoft's success).
kentfx
2004-03-17 07:50:04
Lindows should die
Point taken. It was a dumb little comment. My only excuse is it was 6:30 in the morning here in Italy and I hadn't had my coffee.