Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Jul 2006 20:16 UTC, submitted by jake tate
Linspire Kevin Carmony of Linspire/Freespire has announced that the first beta of Freespire has been released earlier than anticipated. Get it from the download page. According to Carmony, this release includes out-of-the-box support for proprietary formats such as .mp3 and WMV, plug-and-play support for Ati and nVIDIA cards without user intervention, Click-N-Run, and much more.
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Cat out of the bag
by seakryan on Sun 16th Jul 2006 23:34 UTC
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"Kevin Carmony stated in his post that he wants to keep this early release quiet, as there are plenty of things to improve upon; he would rather have a media buzz surrounding the 1.0 release. I would not be surprised if this announcement hits the Distro Watch Weekly Newsletter."

I believe you are correct - however as usual - the cat is out of the bag.

This first release is Beta 1. It definitely Beta material. People should not expect anything more. There is at this point only one initial release. The Wiki does explain the timeline and plan for releases.

It does work, but there are many bugs (Did I mention this was Beta software????) so don't expect a completely smooth ride.

Feel like testing and helping find the Bugs? Download it. It is free!

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