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Lindows Upgrades to 4.5

Lindows Upgrades to 4.5, which Microsoft is now suing in Europe as well as America over its choice of name, has upgraded its desktop LindowsOS 4.0 kit to 4.5 adding integrated search, free SIPphone support and ability to translate Web content back and forth into six different language - English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese - facilities Windows XP doesn't have and, so, provoking Lindows CEO Michael Robertson to proclaim that Lindows "is taking a leadership role in innovation in the operating systems business."

The rev is supposed to be the first time an operating system has fully integrated direct access to Amazon, Yahoo and eBay and -in an attempt to anticipate Microsoft -is the first time search is a "core feature of the PC experience." Evidently highlighted text within any Web page can be searched on with a single mouse click through Goggle and the others. There's dial-up access through United Online.

Users get their own virtual phone numbers for SIP calling, which comes complements of the Xten Networks X-Lite Plus software bungled in the OS. Lindows says it has four-way calling and 800 access. The other guy has to have a SIP phone number for the scheme to work.

The upgrade is supposed to expand Lindows' hardware support and the company claims the OS will now automatically detect peripherals and get them working. It also includes Wi-Fi support and power management capabilities.


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