Lindows Changes Name in Europe

Following court orders barring the Lindows name, Linux vendor has changed its name in several European countries to Lin---s, pronounced Lindash.

New Web site

By changing its name, can continue to offer its desktop Linux product to citizens of those countries where Microsoft has won injunctions banning the Lindows name, says in a statement.

A new Web site has been created especially for people in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden, according to

"This was in direct response to the court order barring us from the Benelux regions," says Cheryl Schwarzman, Lindows spokesperson.

Court Action Update

An Amsterdam District Court judge ruled in late January that's use of the terms Lindows, LindowsOS, and violates the Benelux Merkenwet, the branding law for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux). Lindows looks too much like Microsoft's Windows, the judge found.

Microsoft earlier won preliminary injunctions barring from using the Lindows name in Sweden and in Finland. However, according to Schwarzman, no legal barrier currently prevents Finnish citizens from buying from

After several legal setbacks in Europe, last week claimed a victory in its U.S. battle with Microsoft. A district court in Washington said that if the case comes to trial, the court will instruct the jury to consider whether "windows" was a generic term before Microsoft introduced software with that name in 1985.

Microsoft has insisted several times that its pursuit of Lindows is about only the Lindows name, and not about its competing operating system. A Microsoft spokesperson did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the new Lindash name.

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