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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Going to give Freespire a try
by djst on Mon 17th Jul 2006 16:56 UTC
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I was impressed to see the CEO of a Linux disto personally responding to posts here. That is something you rarely see nowadays, regardless of company size. For that reason alone (and possibly other reasons ;P ), I'm going to download and try Freespire.

I'm currently dual-booting between Windows XP Home (came with the Dell laptop) and Ubuntu 6.06. The reason why I often find myself booting Windows is because of Ubuntu's inability to play certain proprietary audio/video formats. (Of course, I realize that it's not Ubuntu's inability, but mine. You get the point though.) If Freespire can reduce my uptime in Windows by making the audio/video playback Just Work, I see no reason to stay with Ubuntu, although I will be sure to choose Gnome over KDE if there is such an option in the Freespire installer.

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