Lindows becomes 'Lin---s' in Europe

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

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

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

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

An Amsterdam District Court judge ruled in late January that's use of the terms Lindows, LindowsOS and violated 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, it has said. However, according to Schwarzman there currently is no legal barrier preventing 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 came to trial, it would 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 spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the new Lindash name.

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