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.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Linspire has left an impression
by Dan Allen on Wed 5th Jan 2005 03:21 UTC

I have been a Linux user for a long time and I simply cannot deny that I have been impressed by Linspire.

Michael is absolutely correct, installing applications should be simple. It has been a major shortcoming of Linux ever since the days when tarballs were the only option (they do have their place, but that is not my point). I have often browsed the Linux software release sites to check out new software, but it was always laborous to then install the program (only to find out I was not interested). I enjoy much more using Click-n-Run because I can actually try out new programs without wasting valuable time.

Linspire also has great communication with users. The forums are pleasing to look at (hint hint Mandrake), Michael's notes are fun to read (even if they are scattered with Trumpisms) and Click-n-Run has a lifeblood of its own that ties you in to the daily activity of Linspire.

I disagree that games are limited on Linux. Sure, some of the big titles are still on the back burner, but options do exist. Native games like UT2004, Doom3 and Savage are quality ports. Transgaming works tremendously well with a handful of old titles as well as the latest and greatest, Half-Life2 and World of Warcraft. For time killing games, nothing can beat what Linux has to offer. It is this genre that has garnered the most support from the programming community on which Linux rests.

I cannot wait to see what Linspire 5.0 has in store. My hope is that I can migrate to 5 without having to do any sort of installation. Don't get me wrong, I love to install Linux, but the family computer must be stable and is not a candidate for experimentation. Keep up the great work Linspire!