And it costed them a massive 20 million dollars. In a deal reportedly signed between the 2 companies, Microsoft will get the ownership of Lindows.com and the term Lindows. So much so to protect the identity of your company!
As per ZDNet:
Microsoft’s battle with Lindows.com may be over. According to reports on Monday afternoon, Microsoft has agreed to pay Lindows.com $20m — $15m by August 15th this year and $5m by the start of February 2005. In return, Lindows.com will change its name to Linspire and hand over to Microsoft the rights to a number of Web sites, including www.lindows.com.