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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by pollycat on Mon 17th Jul 2006 07:08 UTC
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I must admit, I find it incredible that the head of Linspire himself visits forums like these to address people's concerns and questions directly and promptly - very impressed by that!

I'm also intrigued to see if the "community" will get behind this "Freespire" effort. It's worked for Red Hat / Fedora and Suse so far.

I think the best way for a distro to thrive these days is to offer choices to fit every need. Some don't mind distros which include proprietary code and will even pay money for these if they are guaranteed to "just work" out of the box as a result. Others don't mind proprietary code included but don't want to pay money for the product. Still others want a free product in all respects, both in financial cost terms and code wise. Still others want to "try before they buy" and need Live CDs, etc. And still others would use the product if only they could go in and fix that one annoying bug or feature that otherwise stops them from using the product.

I believe Linspire is making a good move by seeking to reach out to and satisfy all these different groups and needs within the Linux community. I hope the community responds positively in turn.

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