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Microsoft Settles Lawsuit Against Lindows

Microsoft Corp. settled all its trademark infringement suits against Lindows Inc. with a $20 million payment to the Linux operating system upstart, which agreed to change its name to Linspire.

Details of the settlement, reached Friday, were disclosed in documents Lindows filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of plans for an initial public offering.

In a statement, the companies said the settlement ends a spate of litigation in the United States and abroad.

"We are pleased that Lindows will now compete in the market place with a name distinctly its own," said Tom Burt, Microsoft's deputy general counsel.

Lindows chief executive Michael Robertson said the terms "make business sense for all parties."

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