Linspire and Micro Center Partner to Offer Linux-Based Operating System to Mainstream Computer Users

Linspire and Micro Center have formed a partnership to meet the rising demand for desktop Linux among mainstream computer users. The two companies will sell Linspire's Linux-based operating system in both the boxed version and pre-installed on desktop and laptop personal computers. Internal surveys by Micro Center reveal that more than 75 percent of its customers have an interest in running a Linux-based operating system. The partnership follows recent market research reports that predict revenues from desktop Linux PCs will grow to $10 billion by 2008. Linspire Five-0 is a stable, secure Linux-based operating system that comes complete with major desktop applications and can be easily downloaded and installed through the CNR Warehouse. Micro Center will offer Linspire pre-installed on a number of PowerSpec desktop computers and WinBook brand laptops starting at $699. The two companies also plan to roll out broader education programs in the near future.