In response to my recent column on why the future of desktop computing is less about what operating system or applications you'll be running and more about what $50 per year gets you (in other words it's not about desktop Linux any more than it's about desktop Solaris or Windows), Linspire (was Lindows) CEO Michael Robertson initiated a dialogue that turned into an e-mail interview:
Robertson: While Sun and Novell get the press because they are big companies, there are no stores I know of where you can walk in and buy a preinstalled Linux computer for their products. Ease of use really does matter to both consumers and businesses. It's impossible to use most Linux versions without resorting to the command line. Not so with Linspire. Everything is one-click easy. Even installing the latest software from Skype to Firefox is just a one-click process using Click and Run (CNR). Installing and updating software is probably the most difficult task under Linux and we've made it better then even Microsoft Windows.