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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An Observation.
by Pelly on Mon 17th Jul 2006 23:01 UTC
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I've noted that some people 'seem' to be wanting Freespire to fail by their comments and tone. There have been accusations that Linspire (and Freespire, by default) give little to nothing back to OSS, communities. There have been many other comments and such, as well.

Many members of both Linspire and Freespire have surfaced to politely and courteously answer any & all issues since this topic came to light here on This is just a sample of the people behind this project and the talent that helped put Freespire together.

In my opinion, this initial Beta release of Freespire is, "production quality." That's right - production quality. I invite any who haven't tried Freespire to please do so. You're in for a pleasant surprise.

With this, know that these folks have plans to continually improve Freespire. This will have a positive effect on Linspire and Linux as a whole. Why? As they improve Freespire, all improvements based on OSS Code will be relased back to the OSS community (with the sole excption of closed-soure apps such as CNR).

Even if someone dowsn't like, or chooses not to run/use Freespire, the improvements they initiate & build on just may be part of their Linux distro not too far down the line.

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