Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Apr 2006 16:15 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Linspire "Chances are that you think Linspire lets you run Windows applications, that you have to run it as root, and that it's really not quite a proper Linux. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. At LinuxWorld in Boston this week, CEO Kevin Carmony explained what Linspire Linux is, and isn't, all about."
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Giving back to the community.
by leech on Sat 8th Apr 2006 20:01 UTC
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Linspire does give back to the community, there are several out there that do not, like Transgaming. The only real complaint about Linspire is that they essentially charge for a front-end to apt-get.

I will say that the last time I saw Linspire (I think it was version 5 something) they had been giving away copies on their site. It was extremely polished. My old boss had installed it. It was very slick, he just complained that when he tried to use the Debian repositories to install things it broke horribly. He had the same problem with Xandros. He is an RPM guy, I tried to explain to him that is why I don't use Linspire or Xandros, because they're not very compatible with Debian's stuff. Even Ubuntu is drifting away a bit, though for the most part you can still take a generic .deb and put it into that without breaking anything, the same really can't be said for the majority of things in Xandros or Linspire.

If all you need is the base install and you're not going to be installing lots of other software, then Linspire or Xandros are excellent choices. On the other hand, if you like to install things just to play around with what's out there, then get a distribution that doesn't charge for everything. Ubuntu is free of charge, and easily obtainable, play around with it.

It'd be nice to see some of that polish of Linspire trickle into Debian standard. Maybe through just artwork for Splashy, or icons, etc.


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