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:Never using Linspire?
by Egon Spengler on Wed 5th Jan 2005 14:56 UTC

Linspire IS GNU/Linux but it is incredibly difficult to tell this from the desktop. Linspire is wedged into every nook and cranny, rebranding almost everything it lays its code upon. Linspire is not, repeat not, a slightly modified Debian. Its code comes from Corel Linux via Xandros, and is based on a snapshot of Sarge over a year old (at the current time). The modifications made to base libraries and KDE interface are so heavy as to prompt them to comment out the two debian archive sources in apt's sources.list. Install ANYTHING from debian archives that pulls a kde item, and you kiss Linspire goodbye. From interviews with Codeweavers folks, Lindows wanted to do things with the Wine code that was not acceptable to them so they walked. Rapprochment any time soon doesn't look likely.
Yes, I have installed it. No, I was not impressed.