Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Lindows is not Windows

For those who
wonder whether Linspire's use of the name Lindows for their Linux GUI was damaging Microsoft at all, I offer the following: My brother-in-law went to MicroCenter to buy a new PC, and the bozo who worked there told him that Linux+Lindows was functionally equivalent to Windows, i.e. that he could transparently use Linux/Lindows in place of Windows.  The naming of Lindows isn't to blame for the basic ignorance of the typical retail computer salesperson, but surely the similarity of names made that false assertion more believable.

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