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Lindows invites comparisons

The maker of desktop Linux will bundle two other versions of the open-source operating system with its own edition.

Linux seller Lindows announced it is offering a package with two other versions of the open-source operating system, to help customers compare competing Linux distributions. The Desktop Linux Comparison Kit will include Lindows' Linspire version of Linux, Red Hat's Fedora and Mandrake's self-titled distribution. Both competing versions are available from their publishers as a free downloads.

The Comparison Kit is available now, priced at $30 for the download version or $40 for a physical version on eight CDs. Lindows has emerged as one of the leading forces attempting to popularize Linux, already established on servers, for desktop PCs.