Too good to be true? ;-))

  powerless 00:07 06 Oct 03

click here

" Microsoft was found guilty of anti-trust violations based on claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Microsoft recently agreed to a $1.1 BILLION settlement to resolve numerous lawsuits alleging that Microsoft's behavior violated antitrust and unfair competition laws. This settlement brings with it some very good news for consumers!
Eligible consumers who act quickly can receive their share of the $1.1 billion settlement. There is a limited time in which these funds can be claimed so you should act quickly. If you do not submit your claim in time, then Microsoft is not required to pay out the full 1.1 billion dollar amount. Click the "Tell me more" arrow below to learn more. "

  DieSse 00:38 06 Oct 03

Well there is something in it - the link is a smart marketing effort by Lindows to capitalise on MS woes. needless to say MS are NOT happy.

Read more here ... click here

  GANDALF <|:-)> 00:48 06 Oct 03

Triple yawn here. $1.2 billion is mere petty cash to MS, they must be laughung all the way to the bank.


ps Lindows sucks big time in any case.

  Forum Editor 01:07 06 Oct 03

- or indeed anything whatsoever from this marketing operation in disguise - please let us know.

Microsoft won't be badly hurt by the loss of the $1.1 billion, and these anti-trust settlements are written off against tax anyway.

  Jester2K II 07:58 06 Oct 03

Its only open to one state in the US (California i think) and there are certain criteria to be met which using the Lindows method doesn't meet.

Anyone using the Lindows method will fail in their application.

"MS issues take-down to Lindows" - The Register click here

  Jester2K II 08:45 06 Oct 03

Also read this about the "free pc"

click here

Yes! You will qualify for the FREE PC offer if you are one of the first 10,000 people who purchases $100 worth of products at the web site using your Instant Settlement

So get your money from MS and spend $100 or more at and get a free PC.

Oh and the only people who qualify are those who have purchased at least one Microsoft software license for use in California between February 18, 1995 to December 15, 2001.

Qualifying products include Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works Suite, Home Essentials 97 or 98.

Any license acquired directly or indirectly for any of the products listed above qualifies, whether purchased individually or as part of a computer system. For example, if you purchased a computer with Microsoft Windows AND Microsoft Works, that would qualify as TWO products.

Heres those amounts you can claim

5 Products - (up to $100 can be recovered)
4 Products - (up to $100 can be recovered)
3 Products - (up to $87 can be recovered)
2 Products - (up to $58 can be recovered)

1 Product is not covered by the Lindows Auto Form thingy so you're on your own to fill in a paper form.

True there is some irony here. MS only accept paper signed copies but are pushing digital signatures etc (see The Register story above) but at the end of the a limited few qualify.

Lindows are just getting publicity of the back of it...

  DieSse 09:40 06 Oct 03

"ps Lindows sucks big time in any case"

Sorry gandalph, but for once, IMHO, this is an unworthy and unjustified throw away line.

  Jester2K II 11:34 06 Oct 03

Perhaps GANDALF <|:-)> meant it comes with a free 120 mm case air intake fan for your PC tower so Lindows would "suck(s) big time in any (PC) case".....


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