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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by djross95 on Mon 9th Jan 2006 22:29 UTC
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FYI, the $99 Insider fee is completely optional, it provides access to internal betas and a lot of "Insider" discussion with the senior management of Linspire (something I give them credit for and you won't find too many other places). All "stable" releases are immediately available to everyone at no additional charge who pays the $50 per year CNR fee.

I agree that some apps take a while to appear in CNR (OO being one example), but I think that has as much to do with the crazy and ever-changing state of the Debian repositories than anything else.

Let me put it this way: I hosed my MEPIS system once installing an app from Debian stable; that has never happened with Linspire and CNR. And, lest you think I'm a Linspire fan-boy, I'm actually running PCLOS at the moment---a distro that should be getting this level of discussion on OSNews....... :-) DR

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