Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Aug 2006 17:05 UTC, submitted by jcpinto
Linspire Starting today, Linspire does not only offer a free OS, but also its CNR Basic service. " Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate change in pricing for its popular CNR Service from an annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service." CEO Carmony said: "We're thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free. CNR really makes using desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality service."
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RE: Pfff....
by KevinCarmony on Wed 30th Aug 2006 18:25 UTC in reply to "Pfff...."
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So this was the big announcement ( they got everyone all hyped up about? What a disappointment.

This IS big news to Freespire users. I didn't make the post you were referring to anywhere but on the Freespire site. I certainly don't expect everyone to think this is big news, but to our users it's huge. They can now offer an easy-to-use, turn-key desktop Linux to their non-technical friends at no cost. We think that's a good thing.

CNR really isnt any better then gnome-app-install.

I have to wonder if you've ever even tried it. CNR does a lot of things no other installation system does.

Linspire's marketing hype is even worse than Ubuntu's.

If you find a strong, excited, supportive community and lots of users "marketing hype," then I guess you're write about Ubuntu. Just sounds like someone is jealous of them for their success to me. I haven't seen much marketing hype from Ubuntu, just solid work, leading to a lot of users and support.

first signs of a company in trouble is when they start making everything they used to charge for, free.

Yea, it really has been killing Google, MySpace and Craigslist. =)

Linspire is more successful that it's ever been. We had been losing about $10M annually, but that number has now dropped to nearly zero, approaching break even at anytime.

Actually, i think its just another front end to apt-get... since Linspire is based on Debian... if i remember correctly...

Far from it...

The day my mother starts using Synaptic or apt-get is the day I'll start saying they're the same. =)

I do feel that they have a right to have their own package manager. I think it was a 'recreate the wheel' instead of just improving but whats done is done and let us hope in the future they will consider other options.

We do not have our own package manager. We use .deb, just like apt. What we have is a different way of serving those deb's up. CNR is open sourced, so I'd say that IS improving on an existing system.

Kudos, Kevin Carmony, and the rest of you guys that make Linux accessible to those people who don't have a guru handy to help them!

Thank you.

I've NEVER had a person sit down with me, let me demonstrate Linspire, Freespire, CNR, explain our OEM strategy, etc., and them not walk away feeling very good about what we're doing. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the time to look beyond the FUD. As CEO I do what I can, even posting in forums like OSNew. =)

Kevin Carmony
CEO, Linspire, Inc.

Edited 2006-08-30 18:40

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