Lindows Changes Name in Several Countries

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-02-18 Email Print this article Print


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Lindows has taken a novel approach around European court decisions requiring the company to stop using its Microsoft trademark violating names: change the company and products' names in those countries.

When a Netherlands court ordered a preliminary injunction against desktop Linux vendor Inc. and its resellers "to cease and desist from the infringement of … the WINDOWS trademark … by using the signs "Lindows", "" and/or "LindowsOS," it seems Lindows would have to close up shop in the Netherlands and other European countries, which had seen similar rulings. Lindows, however, has come up with a novel approach to keep selling its popular Linus desktop: change the company and product's name in Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Sweden to "Lin---s" (Lindash).

In a statement, Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of said, "Dutch citizens deserve the same choices that are currently available to the citizens of more than one hundred countries around the world. Lindash ensures that the Netherlands will have affordable, virus-free options instead of just expensive Microsoft software."

The program was launched on Feb. 17 and enables citizens of the countries where Microsoft has won restraining orders against Lindows sales to continue to buy the Lindash Linux operating system (Lindows to the rest of the world) through the website or from participating resellers.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.


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