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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Great distro!
by QuietType on Mon 17th Jul 2006 02:27 UTC
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Have been working with Freespire since it became available yesterday, and it looks to be an excellent distro, particularly for the migrating Windows user. With the expiration of support for Win98, it couldn't come at a better time for those users wishing to replace that OS with something highly usable and more secure.

I've encountered very few bugs, and have already adopted Freespire as the only OS on one machine, and will be dual booting with Win XP on another. Although the Linspire folks don't recommend Freespire beta for production use, I already feel comfortable depending on it.

The Linspire/Freespire team deserve a hand of applause for a job well done. Attractive interface, nice bundle of supporting apps. Supports both CNR and apt-get. My wireless works great out of the box, and so does my nVidia GF6600 card (glxgears = 4139 fps). A distro like this can only help to spread the use of Linux on the desktop.

I've tried them all: Mandriva, Xandros, SUSE, Red Hat, etc. Each of them has something great to offer, and each is aimed at a different market of users. But Freespire is the best out-of-box experience for home users, IMHO.

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