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Lindows Ordered To Stop Using Lindows Name

michael posted about 11 years ago | from the wah-wah-waaaaaaaaaahhhh dept.

Microsoft 922

TheSpoom writes "InfoWorld reports that Lindows, a distribution of Linux and other software designed to emulate Windows, has been ordered to drop their name after Microsoft won a preliminary injunction yesterday from judges in Finland and Sweden."

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Well... (4, Insightful)

AnnCoulterTroll (722864) | about 11 years ago | (#7700349)

Now will Wine have to change its name because of the Win part of its name?

Re:Well... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700567)

Mod parent up.
What a perverse use of the legal system.

The rest of the story: (5, Informative)

shystershep (643874) | about 11 years ago | (#7700350)

Here's another article at the Reg [theregister.co.uk] about this, and one at Newsforge [newsforge.com] about Lindows new website, ChoicePC [choicepc.com] for taking donations to help Lindows European resellers fight this.

In Other News... (5, Funny)

BigBlockMopar (191202) | about 11 years ago | (#7700437)

In other news, Ford has recently demanded that Microsoft stop using the name "Explorer", as in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer. Ford cites the 1990 introduction of the Explorer as evidence that they had the name first.

The many reliability and safety problems with Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer cause confusion among Ford Explorer customers who are themselves accustomed to these traits, a Ford spokesman said Friday.

Re:The rest of the story: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700463)

Have those cheap bastards ever heard of agencies that can think up a name for you so you don't get in temptation to come up with some stupid idea and risk being sued?

I'm really glad that they got busted.
I've got nothing against Linux, but I really can't stand scum like that.

Re:The rest of the story: (1)

lowmagnet (646428) | about 11 years ago | (#7700561)

I suggest Lindent, Lindix, or lindatics. (hating myself for stooping to the level of Teligent, Thrivent, etc)

Re:The rest of the story: (2, Informative)

dirkx (540136) | about 11 years ago | (#7700563)

And folks do grab your chance - put your money where your mouth is - and make that Donation (anonymous if you need to and are worried about google). 100$ is not that much - and 500x100$ = 50.000, which in Europe is quite a fortune when it comes to decent legal defence.

Head to http://www.choicepc.com/ [choicepc.com] and get yourself that t-Shirt you cannot buy at the gap.


Gah! (-1)

PatrickThomson (712694) | about 11 years ago | (#7700354)

It's a name!

What next? Microsoft to sue DIY shops for selling windows without paying royalties?

Re:Gah! (3, Interesting)

grub (11606) | about 11 years ago | (#7700549)

Not only is it a name, it's a generic word found in any dictionary. If they were to try using the name "L-OS/X" or "L-AIX" I could see where there would be a problem.

fuckindows (-1, Offtopic)

don_oles (712034) | about 11 years ago | (#7700553)

microsoftindows stupidindows mononindows

New names for Lindows... (3, Interesting)

ericspinder (146776) | about 11 years ago | (#7700356)

How about the name Winix, or the OS formally named "Lindows",

Re:New names for Lindows... (0, Offtopic)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | about 11 years ago | (#7700431)

Ah like the knights who previously used to say NI!.

Re:New names for Lindows... (5, Funny)

Kardamon (54123) | about 11 years ago | (#7700436)

What about "Gates"? They could have a slogan like "Why stare through the Windows if you can walk through the Gates..."

Re:New names for Lindows... (2, Funny)

NickFitz (5849) | about 11 years ago | (#7700454)

Surely "The operating system formerly known as [CENSORED]".

Re:New names for Lindows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700527)

Nah, they should just do the obvious and call it:


Queue the second 'round of lawsuits. With an inventive list long enough, they could lead Microsoft on a dance for the rest of the decade.

Not that I'd advocate such a thing. That would be childish and petty. No no no..

+5, Ironic (5, Interesting)

locknloll (638243) | about 11 years ago | (#7700363)

...that it's just Finland, the cradle of Linux, where this happened...

Re:+5, Ironic (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | about 11 years ago | (#7700453)

That would be a funny coincidence. I don't see where it is contary to what people would expect (irony).

Doesn't stop them (5, Interesting)

Cyclopedian (163375) | about 11 years ago | (#7700364)

I'm not sure, but I think this doesn't stop Lindows from selling it in the United States. The market for Lindows is greater in the US than outside of it, so this isn't as if the sky is falling.



Re:Doesn't stop them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700509)

Wrong. What's the point of using a name in the US if you can't use it in Europe? Think Google or think two sets of ads for Euro and US marketing campaign, or two CD covers for the two markets, etc

Suggested New Names (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 11 years ago | (#7700365)

"Lindowz" .... it IS a change!

"Windows"... why not go all the way?

"Bill Gates is a Jerk"

"Unix". No one would ever bother a company over anything to do with Linux

Re:Suggested New Names (0)

errxn (108621) | about 11 years ago | (#7700384)

Or how about "This OS Only LOOKS Suckass"...

Re:Suggested New Names (1)

inteller (599544) | about 11 years ago | (#7700413)

How about Holez? Cause that's what this supposedly secure distro is full of.

New name (1)

jhines (82154) | about 11 years ago | (#7700422)


Let MS chew on that.

Re:Suggested New Names (1)

porter235 (413926) | about 11 years ago | (#7700477)


Re:Suggested New Names (0, Redundant)

Quaryon (93318) | about 11 years ago | (#7700481)

"Unix". No one would ever bother a company over anything to do with Linux

Well, except SCO of course..


Re:Suggested New Names (1)

BigBlockMopar (191202) | about 11 years ago | (#7700487)

"Bill Gates is a Jerk"

I like that one especially; it really gets to the heart of the matter.

I can just see the advertising copy:

Wal*Mart's own Budget PCs! Now with 500MHz Celeron processors, 16 megs of RAM, 2.1 gigs of hard disk space. Bill Gates is a Jerk 1.2 comes preinstalled.

Pink Floyd (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 11 years ago | (#7700511)

I was thinking of the time when Roger Waters quit Pink Floyd. Then he sued to try to prevent the band from still using the name Pink Floyd.

At one time, the band considered changing their name to "Roger Waters is an A**hole"

Re:Suggested New Names (0)

strike2867 (658030) | about 11 years ago | (#7700489)

See_Through_Thingy_Between_Guy_and_Stripper_in_Nud dy_Booth_(Contantly needs cleaning)_OS
Bimbacel(see sig)
The obvious next thing though would of course be:WindowL

This is a good thing. (3, Insightful)

pheared (446683) | about 11 years ago | (#7700368)

The Lindows name is stupid anyway.

No this is not :) (1)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | about 11 years ago | (#7700492)

athough I always thought you are right. I'm with them.

Lindows.com, please kick billy's ass!

Re:This is a good thing. (2, Insightful)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | about 11 years ago | (#7700499)

To a geek may be, not to average joe.

Legal or not, the name was indeed choose to be phonetically similar to Windows.

People often confuse similar sounding names, and tend to associate them together. My guess is, any average Windows user, would be much more comfortable with a suggestion such as Lindows, rather than say something like Knoppix.

Re:This is a good thing. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700510)

I disagree. It conveys the same feeling of quality as exemplified by Suny televisions and Pashasonic stereo systems.

See, See! It's NOT just stupid Americans! (3, Insightful)

LazloToth (623604) | about 11 years ago | (#7700372)

'Nuff said.

Suckage. (2, Interesting)

eddy (18759) | about 11 years ago | (#7700373)

While I think it sucks, I believe the end outcome might be good. This pisses people off, so maybe one or two will try linux just in spite of MS and if they don't at least they'll hear about an alternative.

Re:Suckage. (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | about 11 years ago | (#7700465)

Your probably right, Lindows has gotten a very bad name in the Linux community when it was introduced.
Since it's introduction Lindows has made some great changes and has turned out to be a fairly decent Debian/KDE release. Install apt-get and don't use "Click n' Run"

Wind... (3, Funny)

Apreche (239272) | about 11 years ago | (#7700377)

What does this mean for Windex [windexglasscleaner.com] ?

Re:Wind... (1)

MisterMook (634297) | about 11 years ago | (#7700397)

It possibly means that the Windows brand is out in Finland, since Windex was around for a lot longer than Bill Gates has had pubes IIRC.

Re:Wind... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700536)

In that case Finns are pretty dumb, because there's normally not any confusion between household cleaning products and computer software.

Re:Wind... (1)

khendron (225184) | about 11 years ago | (#7700504)

Glass cleaner? What are you talking about? A Windex is a brand of wind direction indicator [davisnet.com] for sailboats.

Re:Wind... (1)

LittleGuy (267282) | about 11 years ago | (#7700550)

What does this mean for Windex?

They can market the OS under that name in Greece -- "Can handle any program!"

Copyright/Trademark Extension? (1, Insightful)

Listen Up (107011) | about 11 years ago | (#7700386)

So, now when copyright/trademark a name for product, you also copyright/trademark every word that 'sounds like' the name or is a 'synonym' of the name? WTF is that?

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (5, Funny)

jsav40 (614902) | about 11 years ago | (#7700439)

Sheesh.... Before you know it someone will patent point & click online shopping.... ;)

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (4, Interesting)

shystershep (643874) | about 11 years ago | (#7700526)

That's the way trademark law works -- it doesn't just prohibit exact copies, but also any mark that's close enough to cause "confusion." And with a famous mark like Windows, there's a dilution argument which basically prevents anything that makes the famous mark look bad or cause negative connotations in people's minds.

Either way, though, I think Windows' case is pretty shaky. The underlying basis for trademark law is to prevent a company from confusing consumers and taking advantage of a competitor's goodwill. Unfortunately, the courts keep expanding it to ridiculous levels so that now a trademark is protected as intellectual property, instead of just to prevent unfair competition.

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (1)

kefoo (254567) | about 11 years ago | (#7700546)

So, now when copyright/trademark a name for product, you also copyright/trademark every word that 'sounds like' the name or is a 'synonym' of the name? WTF is that?

It's called "The World According to a Large Rich Company". Welcome to hell.

I'm still hopeful that when the case actually comes to trial it will be decided in Lindows' favor because Microsoft has yet to find a single person who was confused by the Lindows name, and that's a big part of trademark law (at least in the US... I don't know about the other countries).

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700568)

If "Lindows" was a Microsoft product, would you feel the same way about Linus Torvolds' trademark?

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (1)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | about 11 years ago | (#7700571)

Lets all be honest here. Clearly lindows is called so to make it appear to be linux+windows. Thats what everyone things when they see it, and that was the plan from the start.

Now we've all accepted that, clearly they are trying to leapfrog onto Microsoft's name and it is in my opinion sufficently close people could get confused (and think it is "another windows", which it isn't)...

Re:Copyright/Trademark Extension? (1)

term8or (576787) | about 11 years ago | (#7700574)

IANAL, YMMV, I-Am-English-And-Can-Only-Talk-About-English-Law-A s-A-Layman warnings:

In England, you (a)wouldn't be able to copyright a name, and (b) wouldn't be able to trade mark a phrase that was sufficiently close to another trade mark to mislead.

The use of a Registered Trade Mark is to protect your investment in a brand name. If Lindows is close enough to Windows for someone to mistake the two - or to think that Microsoft is endorsing the product - then it would be illegal to use it under trade mark law. Even if these conditions aren't met, the use of a trade name might (and probably would in this case) be prevented by the common law offence of "passing off".

Damn... and I thought (2, Funny)

Advocadus Diaboli (323784) | about 11 years ago | (#7700387)

that at least Sweden is neutral! :-)

Re:Damn... and I thought (1)

sparkyman (197836) | about 11 years ago | (#7700493)

Uh, don't you mean Switzerland? :)

Re:Damn... and I thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700542)

Thats Switzerland

What I don't understand..... (1)

gstatton (130028) | about 11 years ago | (#7700392)

is why does M$ really have to go after them? it's not like they are really hurting for money. Unfortunatly there will always be this nitch market for Windows OS.....and really no matter how Pun-y, Lindows shouldn't have to be forced to change it's name. It's not as if due to pure miss-association that Microsoft is going to go belly up do to an upstarting quzi-competitor to have this PUN-y name......It sucks, but then again, we all live in a world where anything can happen....oh well....

Re:What I don't understand..... (1)

JWW (79176) | about 11 years ago | (#7700506)

Microsoft uses any means to destroy any competetor, no matter how small.

Paranoia of loosing their monopoly drives every action Microsoft takes.

Re:What I don't understand..... (1)

Ickster (639337) | about 11 years ago | (#7700508)

While I also find the legal attack irritating, I think the reason for it may be that if M$ ignores 'Lindows' because it isn't a money threat, it erodes their ability in court (IANAL) to fight off others who use the same kind of naming scheme to evoke Windows in order to market their product. It seems petty (and it may be) from a company the size of Microsoft, but it's not *just* vendictive. There's an actual reason behind it.

Re:What I don't understand..... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700520)

Microsoft has to go after them because if Microsoft doesn't defent it's trademarks it looses it's trademarks. Note Intel having to change from x86 to Pentium moniker to prevent all the other x86 chip makers from calling thier chips the same thing.

What I find Ironic is that when MSFT first sued Lindows over using the Lindows name, the majority of /. IIRC was saying how it was an open and shut case and couldn't understand how a Judge could rule against Microsoft. Lindoes sounds like Windows, they are both compeating in the same market, and could be easily confused; everything that trademarks are suppose to protect against. Now when it happens, and someone rules against Lindos, everyone crise Lindows is being oppressed.

how about (1)

bman08 (239376) | about 11 years ago | (#7700395)

lindeezy? Lindiddley?

Easy (2, Funny)

An Anonymous Hero (443895) | about 11 years ago | (#7700396)

Just change the name to Winux!

Re:Easy (1)

IdJit (78604) | about 11 years ago | (#7700418)

or Winizzle...or Linizzle...

Re:Easy (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700430)

already exists [webaccess.co.in] many winuxes.

Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700404)

Wonder if the same could happen to "Linux"...

And in other news... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700406)

...the new official name of Lindows is...


New name... (0)

Polo monkey (564859) | about 11 years ago | (#7700407)

Winux seems an obvious name, even sounds like "Windows sucks" if you say it fast.

Call it Loenster instead. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700412)

Wrong impression (5, Insightful)

dew-genen-ny (617738) | about 11 years ago | (#7700419)

Lindows as a name gives the wrong impression about where linux wants to be anyway.

They should concentrate on marketing their product as a decent OS and not a cheap and inferior copy of windows.

Re:Wrong impression (4, Funny)

evilquaker (35963) | about 11 years ago | (#7700495)

Lindows as a name gives the wrong impression about where linux wants to be anyway.

They should concentrate on marketing their product as a decent OS and not a cheap and inferior copy of windows.

How did the goals of Michael Robertson's Lindows become the same as those of Linus Torvalds' Linux? As far as I can tell, a "cheap and inferior copy of Windows" is exactly what Lindows wants to be... it's kind of like the Simpsons episode where Homer's looking for a TV at an outlet mall: "I know a genuine Panaphonics when I see it. And look, there's Magnetbox and Sorny."

i sorta agree (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | about 11 years ago | (#7700421)

lindows did sound a bit dumb. i propose Winux, sounds better and conveys the same idea.

Name changes are easy. (0)

maximum_high (412689) | about 11 years ago | (#7700425)

Witness the birth of ...


More FUD from M$ (3, Insightful)

F34nor (321515) | about 11 years ago | (#7700426)

Such a stupid decision. Windows is a universal computing term that they adopted, I'd have more sympthy if Xerox Park sued. And there is no reasonable cause to assume that a consumer could mistake Windows for Lindows. It's a pretty clear case I'm very suprised that a judge supported this pile of steaming horse crap.

didnt know? (5, Interesting)

jeffy124 (453342) | about 11 years ago | (#7700428)

i read an article on this earlier (dont remember if it was the one linked)

a spokesperson for Lindows says that the company was unaware of the suits filed by microsoft in Finland and Sweden. This means Lindows didnt have opportunity to defend themselves. IANAL, and certainly not one overseas, but who's job is it to inform a defendant of a lawsuit? The court? The plaintiff (MS in ths case)? or (remember this isnt the US) does MS simply have to make their argument for preliminary injunction without the judge being presented counter arguments?

Not surprising - just different philosophies (4, Interesting)

TekPolitik (147802) | about 11 years ago | (#7700434)

In countries with WASPish legal systems, trademark laws only tend to protect against "similar" marks if they have the potential to create confusion. In continental Europe, they tend to protect where the newer mark attempts to capitalise on the goodwill of the earlier mark, even though there may be no prospect of confusion. Different underlying philosophies, different laws, different results.

Good (0, Insightful)

wobblie (191824) | about 11 years ago | (#7700435)

"Lindows" is about cheesiest, stupidest thing i've ever heard. Plus, they suck.

But is Lindows on sale in Sweden? (5, Informative)

pesc (147035) | about 11 years ago | (#7700438)

I live in Sweden, and I'm not aware that Lindows is available for sale here. I don't think the general public (outside of Slashdot) knows anything about it. So if they would like to market it here, just give it a new name first. No big deal.

And seriously, I kind of agree with the judges. "Lindows" is a bit too close to "Windows". They should try to build their own name by themselves.

Re:But is Lindows on sale in Sweden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700564)

Lindows point is, that "Windows" is a generic term anyway. Even in the computer world were "Windows" known before "MS Windows". I think MS should lose the Trademark "Word" as well, it's plain stupid (or ingenious, if you can make the judges protect it).

Invalidate WINDOWS first. (3, Insightful)

Burlynerd (535250) | about 11 years ago | (#7700443)

They need to focus on invalidating the trademark word "Windows" first, then Lindows wouldn't be infringing on anything. Microsoft should never have been able to trademark such a ubiquitous term.


Re:Invalidate WINDOWS first. (1)

kefoo (254567) | about 11 years ago | (#7700569)

That's (at least part of) the reason the US judge refused Microsoft's request for an injunction, saying he doubted the validity of many of Microsoft's trademarks such as "Windows" and "Office".

Alternative names. (0, Redundant)

eblum (624940) | about 11 years ago | (#7700450)

What about using "holes in the walls"

Darlsux (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 11 years ago | (#7700459)

Now about the lawsuit-proof name "Darlsux" ?

good... (1)

night_flyer (453866) | about 11 years ago | (#7700460)

the name is obviously using "windows" as a catalist to get recognition, which unfortunatly a lot of linux applications seem to do.

it's just a name! (1)

m0rphin3 (461197) | about 11 years ago | (#7700461)

For you zealots out there, this isn't about Microsoft stifling Linux. It's just ONE distribution!
And for heaven's sake, the name is way too similar.

What if this was about Microsoft marketing Lie-nux or your SO coming home with Pepzi or Mountain Due? You'd be pissed off ..

Re:it's just a name! (2, Insightful)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | about 11 years ago | (#7700515)

What if this was about Microsoft marketing Lie-nux or your SO coming home with Pepzi or Mountain Due? You'd be pissed off ..

Nope. Sorry. I have far more important things in life to worry about than corporate squabbles over names. Also, I tend to date women who are smart enough to not be fooled by a similar sounding product name.

Quite Correct (5, Insightful)

racer7890 (641952) | about 11 years ago | (#7700466)

This ruling is quite correct. I am no Microsoft fan but the Lindows name was clearly intended to play off the Windows name. It is my theory that Lindows purposefully chose this name to get the publicity it is getting now. Other attacks at Microsoft (such as the Lindows offer for Californian residents based on the anti-trust settlement) play into this.

Re:Quite Correct (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700507)

Totally agree. Nice to see that some slashdot-people still has some perspective. Seems rarer and rarer these days,,,

Re:Quite Correct (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700533)

Is it Microsoft Windows to which you refer? I'm confused because I'm looking out my office windows while using my X windows system running on the Lindows OS.

Windows windows's window windows.

How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700475)

Twinx ? :)

The Windows Interchangeable Unix.. or.. wait a second..

I'm happy (1)

SL33Z3 (104748) | about 11 years ago | (#7700479)

I'm happy to see the arms of the empire stretch farther than America now. I develop strictly for the Windows platform right now. I hate silly competition getting in the way of my freedom to innovate.

Well it serves Lindows right! (0)

Kris Thalamus (555841) | about 11 years ago | (#7700482)

We all know that they should have initially done what any self-respecting programmer would have done- given the software a name with a recursive acronym.

MR's goal's been achieved tough... (1)

lennart78 (515598) | about 11 years ago | (#7700485)

Lindows has got a lot of publicity because of its name. And in this case, the saying is totally valid: Any publicity is good publicity.
Lindows has been given a lot of free media coverage, not because it's a good product (It might be, I haven't used it, but that's not the issue here), but because MS was not amused by its choice of name, and fought against it. (And anybody who gets any heat from MS runs to /. to get attention and support from the open source / Anti-MS community.)

Did Finland and Sweden help us defeat Iraq? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700490)

No. So I say we don't recognize their say in this matter. So what if "Lindooz" is a bad word in the Lapp language?

comprehensible? (4, Insightful)

colinleroy (592025) | about 11 years ago | (#7700494)

The fact that Microsoft has a hard time winning this in the US may be due to the fact that in this english-speaking country, "windows" is a common word meaning "openable thing made out of glass". In Finland and Sweden, this is not the case. Maybe this explains this injunction?

sweeden stops lindows too (2, Informative)

dassdraugen (729917) | about 11 years ago | (#7700496)

Sweeden probits sale of lindows until the case between MS and Lindows is seateled. They allso threats with a 3 mill fine if sales are not halted until then. Norwegian article: http://www.itavisen.no/art/1302516.html

ObPython (1)

LittleGuy (267282) | about 11 years ago | (#7700502)

Its new name will be "Raymond Luxury-Yachtnix", but it will be pronounced "WinThroat-Warbler Mangrove".

Letter differences frustrating (2, Insightful)

shuz (706678) | about 11 years ago | (#7700516)

I think the most frustrating problem of all these Lindows name court battles, is the single letter difference between Lindows and Windows. Now most of us here realize that Lindows is Linux and Windows put together. Though I would imagine trying to convince a nontechnical or techy judge to see this is quite a struggle. I am not a lawyer but it would make sense of many court battles won over single letter name differences. This is probably why Microsoft won in these two courts. Though some kind of law should be set determining or setting regulations on how a business combining two other business may name themselves.

I've got a good name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700523)

Why Win- and Lin-?

Why not -Dows and -Ux?

Dowsux! D'oh, sux!

bummer (1)

andih8u (639841) | about 11 years ago | (#7700532)

But I don't think Lindows has all that much of a brand awareness with consumers anyway. Its not like the huddled masses are going to be picking up their $150 Wal-Mart PC and be distraught that it has "$name-OS" on it as opposed to "Lindows."

How about X Windows? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700537)

Why doesn't the owner of X Windows sue Microsoft for misappropriating their name?

Microsoft doesn't have copyright of Windows! (2, Interesting)

julie-h (530222) | about 11 years ago | (#7700539)

How can Microsoft win this case, when they don't have copyright for the everyday word "Windows" or for that matter "Word"?

From what I know was microsoft forced to change "Windows" -> "Microsoft Windows" and "Word" -> "Microsoft Word".

Lindows cloned the word "Windows" not "Microsoft Windows".

Unable to use any name like 'Windows' (1)

L-s-L69 (700599) | about 11 years ago | (#7700541)

Double Glazing salesmen are in serious trouble!

Stupid (1)

C_Kode (102755) | about 11 years ago | (#7700565)

This is just plain stupid.

Ok Than (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7700575)

Maybe geeks hate it but I really see future in Lindows company.

I actually liked the stuff they make as an Apple owner

If they are -selling- it and making money over it, time to hire a PR/advertising company and find a name. Like Easy Linux but OF COURSE paying some price to GNU and Linux itself.

Posted anonymous since 2-4 freaks here has fun downing my score.

I still think "windows" is a generic term... (3, Informative)

TheLinuxSRC (683475) | about 11 years ago | (#7700576)

I still want to know how the word "Windows" can be trademarked. Especially when Microsoft's own CEO refers to windowing systems in a very generic way.

Comments from Deposition of William H. Gates... [lindows.com]
"Virtually every application has the ability to put multiple things on the screen that you'd call windowing. ...that goes back even before the '60s."
"The idea of splitting a screen up so you have one thing in one place and something in another place I think has been referred to windowing, certainly in the '60s that was called windowing."

Winux? (1)

jellings (199721) | about 11 years ago | (#7700577)

just a thought . . .
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