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Lindows.com Trumpets Flat-Fee Licensing

Lindows.com Inc. Monday moved to further its attempt to push into the operating system space with a flat-fee licensing plan designed to entice OEMs into the fold.

The Lindows.com plan will allow equipment manufacturers to bundle the LindowsOS on as many machines as they want, without having to pay per-machine costs.

"We spent a lot of time talking to literally hundreds of computer builders, getting their input," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com. "They told us they wanted a simple choice that wouldn't require per-copy tracking, registration codes, and long-term commitments, all of which negatively impacts profits."

Dubbed the Lindows.com Builder Program, the plan allows OEMs to bundle the LindowsOS with their machines for $500 a month.

By signing up for the program, OEMs are eligible to receive LindowsOS certification, and also gain access to the Builder's Resource Area, which consists of tools and support for testing, installing and selling LindowsOS.