Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Aug 2006 13:02 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Linspire Three weeks ahead of schedule, version 1.0 of Freespire, the no-cost community version of Linspire, is now available from the project's website. You can download a completely open source version, or a version that includes various proprietary codecs and drivers for an improved out-the-box experience. Screenshots.
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by deanlinkous on Tue 8th Aug 2006 14:51 UTC
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Well, as everyone probably knows by now I do not care for linspire at all or really any commercial distro at all. But I certainly welcome and applaud *spire stepping up to bat and creating a open source edition. It gets me wound up when a distro is only commercial/proprietary, yet the zealot in me is at least placated when they also offer a truly free version.

They also seem to be paying attention to how things are normally done and trying to improve upon that instead of simply doing it a different way because it is easier. Yes, the root thing as well as apt.

Very nice! Yes, it is still a bit old and so forth but if that is improved as quickly as everything has been lately then I have no doubt we will quickly see a cutting edge freespire if not a bleeding edge one.

If they bring the repo/warehouse into more of a standard pool type structure and of course get that synced a bit better with debian then I will be very impressed. I am sure *spire could do great things if they only concentrate on what needs to be improved instead of just trying to cram stuff in, make it look real pretty and create adependency maze.

If they can get synced up with etch right now that would alleviate the staleness, the packages with security flaws, as well as provide a heck of a package pool.

I honestly do not think I will have any complaints if they can manage to do those few things. Yes, they are big steps but important steps that once done they will be on my A list if they can "improve" upon debian instead of simply mixing up and breaking the debian goodness that lies underneath.

*improve upon only in a certain sense - in ways it is impossible to improve upon debian but for some it could be easier and friendlier and that is what I mean by improve.

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