Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Linspire Linspire has started another attempt at selling computers pre-installed with their operating system - this time by teaming up with Mirus - called the Koobox. Ars looks at the situation: "At this point it is hard to assess the potential of the Koobox systems. If it succeeds, the product could help legitimize desktop Linux and bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of how many get sold, the availability of yet another budget Linux PC illuminates the growing popularity of the Linux platform, and contributes to the perception that Linux is applicable to desktop computing."
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Linspire vs Ubuntu
by Hamman on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:03 UTC
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I really don't see how the comparison of Linspire and Ubuntu is valid, as they have very different goals.
Ubuntu doesn't really want to make money, will only ship free software and doesn't really write desktop apps themselves. They're quite lacking in graphical configuration tools, too(to install the ati-drivers a user has to manually edit xorg.conf)
Linspire wants to make money, ships proprietairy apps and codecs, writes several of their apps themselves(such as lsongs), and there's a lot of configuration tools.
Linspire also have their own KDE-theme and iconset(called crystal clear) while ubuntu uses the stock Gnome icons and clearlooks(or whatever theme) with a brown colour scheme.
You also get support etc with linspire.
I might sound like a Linspire-fanboy, but I'm not. I do not even use it. However, claiming that there's no need for Linspire because of Ubuntu's existance is stupid.

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