, Earthlink Bring Dial-Up Access to Linux — the anti-Microsoft,
alternative operating system startup founded by former head Michael
Robertson — Monday teamed with Internet service provider Earthlink to offer customers dial-up
Internet access for Linux-powered computers. insisted the importance of this news is that while such services
have long been offered on Microsoft Windows computers, it has been a missing
convenience for Linux.

The San Diego firm said the Earthlink icon will now appear on all LindowsOS
installations by default, which means all users have to do is click on the
Earthlink icon to be connected to the Net. said it made this
play to replace stodgy dial-up access on traditional Linux-based systems
with a more convenient turnkey method for the desktop operating system.

“Whether it is a $199 computer purchased from or from our
network of builders, an Earthlink icon will connect users to a nationwide
network of thousands of local calling numbers,” said Michael Robertson,
chief executive officer of “In a largely stagnant computing
environment, Linux is experiencing rapid growth on the desktop and those new
users now have easy access to quality Internet service.”

The firm further specified that while its LindowsOS has always come with
built-in plug-and-play connectivity for broadband Internet users, connecting
with a dial-up modem has not been as simple until this pairing of LindowsOS
with Earthlink’s vast network.

Customers can buy computers with LindowsOS pre-installed at Wal-Mart ranging
from $199 to $599. These may be equipped and ready to run with Earthlink’s
service after upon set-up.

As the No. 4 ISP in the U.S., Atlanta-based Earthlink serves more than 7,500
dial-up numbers.

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