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[3]: Wow!
by deanlinkous on Thu 31st Aug 2006 18:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wow! "
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But that isn't true. Linspire and RedHat are different in a lot of ways. Redhat does not say "worlds easiest linux" "everything just works" "no elite hacker skills needed" and then when it is shown that stuff is still required then they change to "well no linux is perfect" and so forth.

People aren't saying ONLY root. We are saying that by default most new users WILL end up as root. We also are saying that it is often hard (harder than other distros) to use linspire as a non-root user. This link
specifically shows this - it is a link to linspires website which shows specifically one example of the trouble a non-root user will have. Do you think it is a coincidence that it actually mentions NON-ROOT user? You do not think that obviously this shows that they expect users running as root?

Some people have questioned if it could be a sign that linspire is going out of business. No more than that. That is speculation and still not FUD because it may very well be true or it may very well not be. But either way nobody can read that and take it to be more than speculation.

I don't care if they make money OR stay around. ;) They are welcome to do both but please do it honestly. A operating system that costs money and no way to install software (correctly) without paying for a add-on service that is a yearly subscription. That was poor.

Free CNR - that is good. That is how it should of been all along so sorry it is nothing I am going to run to the top of mt.everest to scream about. It is newsworthy and cool yet not earth shattering and there is no reason to think that every distro is immediately going to adopt this and replace what they have now. I just find it funny that to keep the *spire people all excited he constantly has to dangle the next big news announcement. But I do agree with it - it is fun (ny)!

Edited 2006-08-31 18:09

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