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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more of me
by gplCop318 on Tue 10th Jan 2006 01:01 UTC
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There's no real advantage over apt-get when installing software if you don't care about one click installs or know how to add your own sources...

Boy I DO agree with that! And considering synaptic offers me two click installs it is just as easy. Setting up sources is as easy as running the apt-setup tool and telling it what to pull from. Of course you would know that if you had used it much. Also, how difficult is it to modify a text file? And I get to choose from stable, testing, or unstable pool what does linspire offer? And the stable is twice as stable as linspires and the unstable is twice as new...

Other linux(s) arent difficult either. Some are but most are easy cheesy! Do people still have problems with them, yes AND they have problems with Linspire as well...and windows... Everything is a problem because they refuse to learn or are unable. While Linspire can lessen this so can most linux(s) and still it will not be easy enough for most...

The PROBLEM is that Linspire claims to make this easy enough for anyone. Which leads to...
People believe them and they sit there and keep trying to get Linspire working correctly because this is suppose to be the EASY linux and they cannot even get this linux to run right if at all - so they give up and go back to windows.
Or they have sunk in a load of cash and figure if this is the GOOD paid version how bad and hard are those free versions.

Who the heck is MIRUS? The recommend XP on their home page. Their home page is ONE page, nothing else works or exists. This is a MAJOR OEM? What is their stock price? I can still buy a dell cheaper...

CNR repositiories ARE NOT fully tested, give me a break. At one time or another they may receive some testing but not ongoing...

Wanna see problems, head over to their forums. Just everday usage seems to cause enough problems and breakage.

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