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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Freedom of Choice
by CaptainTux on Mon 17th Jul 2006 03:01 UTC
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It is hard for me to agree with Rasbelin for many reasons. His first paragraph is nothing more than the regurgitation of the sentiments of Bruce Perrens when RedHat first released the Fedora Core project.

Yeah, RedHat and Novelle and Linspire benefit from the work of the community that surrounds Fedora, OpenSuse, and Freespire. The same is true of Sun Microsytems receiving benefit from OpenOffice. My question would have to be, so what? I hear no vilification of Sun for offering OOo.

In his second paragraph he goes on to state all the many reasons they will not get community people involved in the project. Mostly the old root argument is repeated a few times. It is hard for me to take that seriously when the Freespire Leadership consists of men like Ian Murdoch-the very founder of Debian. It is Debian's definitions that the OSI bases much of their structure on. Jono Bacon, one of the finest Linux writers the Uk has to offer and true defender of freedom of code in many of his writings in magazines like Linux Format (A sponsor of the FSF). Andrew Betts, a card carrying member of the FSF and the one who first brought the term Freespire into the public eye. I could go on, the point is, these are the people who are the moral compass of Freespire and I would be hard pressed to believe that Ian Murdoch is easily duped, a member of the evil empire, or one that people in the community who are willing to have an open mind are not willing to follow or at least hear out.

Third paragraph, he claims Freespire acts in bad faith to the community, does not contribute, does not honor the GPL, etc etc etc. This does not gel with an organization that is a primary sponsor of Mozilla, Firefox, KDE League, WINE, and many more ( ). They are on record for having given the code back for their many improvements and tweaks to the web browser and other application. Imagine, a company that has yet to post a profit donating millions of dollars to open source projects and giving code back? This is not the behavior of the Sheriff of Nottingham. As far as not being in compliance with the GPL, if they were not, the FSF would have had a legal team on them like flies on poop. RMS is not exactly the biggest fan of Linspire, but cannot deny they are in compliance, Linspire has been in communication with the FSF in that regard.

4th paragraph does admit Linspire gives money to key projects, but insists it's motives are a buy off. Prove it. This is an accusation with no proof. Then, back to the root argument and accusation of preserving the windows like mentality as opposed to the Linux way, there seems to be one Linux method of use which is odd considering all the distros, shells, gui's, and we still have not yet figures out if a real guru uses vi or emacs ;-).

I could go on, but I am getting tired.

This is about choice. There are many that are in the FSF camp and that is fine. There are distros suited to your tastes and appeal. There are other distros like Mepis and Freespire that believe it is acceptable to have freedom of choice and that the amalgamation of proprietary and free software does not necessarily make you a bad citizen.

Freespire has a vision and a road map on their WIKI. the Leadership board was hand picked, the Community Board was elected by the members of the forum and the mail lists, and the technology board will be formed by it's chair in due time per the road map.

It is easy to be cynical and accusatory, especially with years of FUD and misinformation. It takes true grit to not only look into the facts, but to also have tolerance and respect for differing philosophies.

Edited 2006-07-17 03:16

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