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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Freespire - awesome
by JeffS on Thu 31st Aug 2006 18:31 UTC
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Well, this latest anouncement (free CNR), and this discussion thread has inspired me (pun intended) to try Freespire. I've used Lindows/Linspire in the past, helping my mom with her computer, but I've usually preferred more hardcore distros. But at the same time, I like things that are both easy and polished.

Freespire as a desktop distro, all I can say is, WOW!

Run in live CD mode - flawless

Configure network connection - flawless

All hardware working - flawless

Look 'n' Feel - Beautiful, polished, professional, comfortable, easy, productive

Assortment of Apps - great

Install to Hard drive - Super easy, super fast (about 12 minutes), and completely flawless

Add in software with CNR - flawless, super easy (easier than standare apt or Synaptic), great selection - including titles not typically included in standard Debian repos (I've added jEdit and NetBeans).

Add users - easy, flawless

Configure - easy, flawless

Speed - good, above average. I've had pure Debian, Slackware, and perhaps Kanotix running faster on the same, old hardware. But Freespire compares very favorably to all the other desktop oriented distros, and is perhaps faster.

Stability - can't comment. I have to wait a month or two on that to give an honest assesement.

Really, I'm technical oriented, I'm not afraid of the command line, text based installers, editing text files for configuration, running/configuring services, writing C, C++, Java, C#, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby code and compiling/running it, or a plethora of other technical oriented stuff. I like that stuff, and it's part of my work and my hobby/leasure time.

But I really like a polished, easy, no fuss no muss, everything working out of the box, desktop oriented distro.

And I've been in search of just the right one - using Mepis, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, SuSE, Kanotix, Knoppix, and PCLinuxOS. Each one of these fell short in one category or another, or many. Of these, PCLinuxOS and Kanotix have come the closest to being the complete package for me. But not quite.

But it's looking like Freespire might be the complete package. Everything Freespire is so easy, polished, fun, productive, complete.

We'll see over time if Freespire remains this good for me. We'll see about performance, stability, package updates, etc. But it is looking really really promising right now.

I totally applaud Linspire for making a complete Linux Desktop product/experience. I applaud them for both including proprietary codecs/drivers, and the choice to go pure OSS. I applaud them for running a business, based on value add on top of OSS, as well as selling proprietary software/services, as well as providing software for OEMs (the best way for desktop Linux to grow).

I also applaud Kevin Carmony for having the guts and integrity for getting on often hostile message boards and point out the facts about Free/Linspire. The FUD and hostility and zealotry, and plain stupidity, he has to deal with is incredible. Yet he remains calm, logical, humorous.

Good job all the way around.

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