The company has enlisted retail partners to sell a spiffed-up version of its operating system, Lindows 3.0, which comes with e-mail and telephone tech support and a one-year subscription to the company's Click-N-Run Warehouse, a central resource for downloading open-source applications.
"Expect to see Lindows OS on store shelves and in a multitude of new retail environments," company founder Michael Robertson said in a statement.
Lindows waslast year by Robertson, founder of MP3.com, and quickly gained attention when it was by Microsoft for alleged trademark infringement.
The San Diego-based software company has focused on developing a version of the Linux operating system with a simplified user interface and with tools that will let the average PC user easily install and run a variety of open-source applications. The company initially pledged that its software would run common Windows software, but has since, instead focusing on providing open-source applications that can read files created with common Windows counterparts.
Early Lindows supporters include the online arm of retail giant Wal-Mart, whichthe operating system on several budget PCs.
Initial backers for the retail version of Lindows are small specialty stores such as Nova PCs, but a Lindows representative said the company expects to announce relationships with several major stores early next year. The software is available now for around $129.