Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Sep 2006 17:59 UTC, submitted by deanlinkous
Linspire DistroWatch has brought to light an apparant fraud by Freespire. "Several readers have emailed us to let us know that Linspire has launched what can only be classified as an attempt to tamper with our page hit ranking statistics by trying to artificially inflate the page hit ranking figures for its new community distribution - Freespire. Upon investigation, it turned out that both and had been deceivingly redirecting visitors to the Freespire page on DistroWatch and that the default home page of Firefox in the latest build of Freespire had also been set to the same page." A thread on the Freespire forums about this issue is quite heated.
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RE[2]: What happened...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 4th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC in reply to "What happened..."
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Mr Carmony,

Whether or not someone else does it is completely irrelevant to the issue. Basically everybody does some speeding in his life (and in Europe, it's more of a rule than an exception, actually), but that does not actually make it right. I speed a lot too (I like things that go fast), but you will not hear me complain when in an honest way, I get caught. I sure as hell will not try to cover my behind by saying, "oh who cares, everybody does it, so it really is not wrong". Because it is.

Now, Like I said in a previous comment, I really don't care about this at all-- Heck, even if Freespire hacked the Distrowatch page and put Freespire atop the rankings, I still would not give a damn. Even though I'm not a user of Lin/Freespire, I find it a very solid, well-built distribution (I reviewed 5.0 at my previous employer, a copy supplied by your press dpt.), and this issue won't change a bit about that. I try to seperate people/companies from products (just like the fact that many celebreties are idiots does not make their films/albums/etc. any worse), because I have to deal with not the people/companies, but the products they make.

However, that does not negate the fact that this thing happened, and since you guys are 'teh 3vil' to many anyway, it is just plain STUPID. No, worse-- it is MORONIC, at the same time being outragiously hilarious-- no offence.

The reason I, as editor, decided to publish a link to this on OSNews, is that many people DO care about the companies making the products they are using. I belong to a minority; the majority of our readership cares about the companies/people behind their products; hence I want to inform them of any good/bad things those companies/people do.

In short, the fact you addmited the error is great, and I applaud that; however, do not try to lessen the 'offence' by pointing fingers. It just isn't very posh.

EDIT: typo fixes.

Edited 2006-09-04 19:49

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