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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RE: Seems rushed...
by butters on Tue 8th Aug 2006 15:22 UTC in reply to "Seems rushed..."
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I'm sure this distribution will be fine, and it will pull in some leech-like users that don't like to spend money on software.

However if the purpose is to attract a community of contributors, then I don't know what Carmony is smoking these days. Linspire doesn't have a track record of contributing to OSS, asserting technical leadership in the community, or driving open standards. As far as I can tell, there's no way to submit bugs, there's no CVS/SVN source repository (just 2 iso files), and there's hardly any technical documentation at all. This is a 1.0 release!?

Hello, you can't just put up a forums and a wiki skeleton and say, "come on in, it's free!!" Seems rushed would be a huge understatement. Freespire is trying to create life without any carbon, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this won't work.

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