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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I agree 1000%

The "elitist" users will automatically hate anything that includes proprietary codecs/drivers/programs, and/or hate anything that is easy for the non-geek.

The way I look at it, Linspire is doing all the right things to bring Linux to the masses - the non hobbyist/programmer/professional/sysadmin/geek - by making an extremely easy distro, that works "out of the box" with most hardware, and includes, by user choice (they offer a totally OSS version), all the needed proprietary codecs/drivers/etc.

Plus, I love apt-get, and Synaptic. But, IMHO, CNR exceeds those in ease of use - an easy to browse interface with icons and descriptions of programs, then just one click and the app is intalled and added to a menu, and dependencies resolved. This goes beyond regular apt-get or Synaptic. It's just the sort of thing that would make a Mac or Windows or totally non technical user feel right at home. This is a good thing. Regular apt-get or Synaptic are great, and they're close, but quite as easy as CNR.

And now that Linspire has Freespire, with a free CNR, and the choice of using a totally OSS version (to appease the purists), there is really nothing to complain about with *spire.

And just to add to the usual cliche - I have my 72 yr old Mom using a Linspire PC I helped her get from Fry's. She's using it with the greatest of ease, and it's been easier to her then Windows ever was.

And, even though I'm a programmer by profession and I'm totally at ease with the *nix command line, I greatly prefer ease of use features. I'm a married father of two, and I have little time to spare for fiddling with crap that should work out of the box. *spire, along with some others like PCLinuxOS, Kanotix, Mepis, Ubuntu (to a somewhat lesser extent), and others, deliver the total easy, "out of the box" experience.

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