Lindows to sell cut-price Linux via P2P

The Linux firm says it will sell its operating system over file-sharing networks for half its normal price. Linux company Lindows is continuing its experiment of offering software via peer-to-peer networks. The company said on Thursday that it is set to distribute its LindowsOS through P2P networks for $25 (£13.72), half the normal price, from its Web site. Lindows has been targeting consumers with its packaged version of the open-source Linux operating system, which has a reputation of being geared more for technically savvy individuals.

The file-sharing setup means lower networking costs for Lindows and faster downloads for users, the company said. By cutting back on bandwidth rates and on hosting infrastructure such as servers and firewalls, Lindows said it can serve 1,000 or more simultaneous customers rather than the 125 its earlier system could handle. The company is using a P2P system based on BitTorrent technology, which it expects eventually to become the primary download mechanism for large files. The BitTorrent system breaks a typical 500MB LindowsOS file into about 1,000 pieces to be transported independently for reassembly at the customer's computer and is significantly faster than traditional FTP-based downloads, Lindows said.

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News source: ZDNet UK

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