Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Jan 2005 17:22 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews "sat down" with Linspire CEO Michael Robertson for a Q&A about his company's efforts as the banner-carrier for Linux-on-the-desktop. We discussed the upcoming Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego and the perceptions and realities of the obstacles to widespread desktop Linux use. Linspire also extended a special offer to OSNews readers: a free download of Linspire and a 30 day CNR subscription, so put yourself in Granny's shoes (not literally, please) and give it a try. Correction: The free offer expires on January 15.
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RE: Free Linspire 4.5
by Mikko K. on Wed 5th Jan 2005 00:01 UTC

I have to give credit for this. I downloaded the free version and installed it on my laptop. Everything works great, except my D-link DWL-610 wlan-card, that has so far never worked out of the box in linux. Installation was even easier than suse, but I would have liked to see partition manager of some sort for advanced users.

I like the way Linspire is making Windows users feel home. Linspire uses much same names and structures as windows, which will make windows users feel home. I believe this is the key to catch windows users to go for Linspire. Also one click software installs are way to go. Some sort of integrated Wine would be nice, for win users to be able to use some of their favorite software still (I have to use Windows just because my accounting software still has little problems with linux when printing).

With little better hardware support (Which will come by the time of course) I can recommend Linspire for anyone, even my customers. Unfortunately the biggest problem still is professional software (autocad, accounting software etc etc. ) that are windows-only. Having email progs and internet progs, office progs etc. arent everything.

Anyway, big plus for Linspire and the developer team, your doing great job!