Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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RE[3]: Anyone remember?
by sbergman27 on Tue 24th Oct 2006 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Anyone remember?"
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"""However, Linux distros (other than perhaps a PPC distro) make no such claims, such as XYZ distro will ONLY install on a Toshiba Model Framistat12."""

Straw man.

Linspire/Freespire make no claims of supporting all hardware. There may be a few individuals who would try to argue otherwise, but while Linux has amazingly good hardware support in general, even in the absence of cooperation for some hardware makers, there are some weak areas. Wireless support is one of them. Do a google search for "Linux" and "Wireless" and you will see that the community discusses these problems quite openly.

He could have picked up a Linspire notebook with everything pre-installed and working perfectly for as little as $400-$500 rather than spending $1100 - $2800 on the Macbook. (That price range comes from

My original point stands.

Edited 2006-10-24 17:25

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