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, such as hardware detection, plug and play support and support for various multimedia formats and technologies, the San Diego company said Thursday.
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 to revert back to the PC's original configuration, all a user needs to do is remove LindowsCD from the CD-ROM drive and restart the machine, according to Lindows.com.
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, Lindows.com said.