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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RE: Isn't it violation of GPL?
by butters on Mon 17th Jul 2006 04:04 UTC in reply to "Isn't it violation of GPL?"
butters
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It depends on how they do it. If they put the proprietary code on the install CD image, or if the installer pulls it from the net by default, then it is a violation. If the code is not distributed on the CD and the installer (upon detecting the appropriate hardware) prompts the user to accept the license and download the proprietary driver, then it is perfectly legit.

The other distribution you are referring to (I can't remember which one) was a LiveCD that contained the proprietary drivers on the disk and loaded them without asking the user's permission. That got them in trouble.

It's all a load of crap IMHO. So many products and services operate with terms like: "by using this product or service, you agree to abide by our license or terms of service." If these proprietary software vendors would agree to similar terms, then everyone's life would be much easier.

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