Lindows.com is shipping a version of its Linux-based operating system that can be run directly from a CD-ROM drive, without having to install it on a computer's hard drive, thus simplifying its use.

The product, called LindowsCD, has many of the features of LindowsOS 4.0, according to the company, such as hardware detection, plug-and-play support and support for various multimedia formats and technologies.

LindowsCD can be run by simply inserting it into a PC's CD-ROM drive and restarting the machine. It makes no changes to the PC's hard drive, so all the user need do to revert back to the PC's original configuration, is remove LindowsCD from the CD-ROM drive and restart the machine.

In addition to the operating system, the CD also has other software, such as programs that allow users to open files created with Microsoft applications like Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Available now, LindowsCD is free with the purchase of LindowsOS 4.0 here.