Lindows.com today announced the second revision of its Linux-based operating system, LindowsOS, and made the release available to members of the company's Insiders group. LindowsOS is based on Xandros, a user-friendly version of Debian GNU/Linux formerly owned by Corel, which will make its own public debut on September 30.
The most noticeable change in LindowsOS 2.0 is a new user interface that runs atop KDE. Support for printers and laptops has also been greatly improved, with added configuration dialogs. Netscape 7.0 serves as the foundation for Web browsing, e-mail and instant messaging in LindowsOS 2.0.
"LindowsOS 2.0 is the result of a collaboration of forward thinking companies and their resources, along with Lindows.com Insiders, and the Linux community, all of which have the common goal of providing choice on the desktop," said Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson. "What this means for customers is that now there is an even easier-to-use, super affordable choice for computer users."
Although a general downloadable release of LindowsOS will not come until version 3.0, customers who purchased Lindows computers at Walmart will be given a free upgrade to LindowsOS 2.0. Those interested in early access to pre-release versions of LindowsOS can become an Insider for $99 USD.