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: Price no concern,support is.
by Dark_Knight on Wed 5th Jan 2005 17:17 UTC


Hardware Support:
This I agree with you as do most consumers for both private and enterprise. I brought this up in the past with a previous Linspire article on OSNews that they really need to improve their online hardware database. Something similar to what Novell offers for their customers using (SLES, NLD, SLP) so that users can check their hardware prior to installing the software. Providing free downloadable ISO for LiveCD/DVD (demo runs from CD/DVD drive) of the distribution is another method for consumers to try the OS and included applications before they buy. It's also a good way to test current hardware.

Regarding your question about the benefits of moving from Windows to a Linux distribution such as Linspire. Well stability and security are two good reasons. Data on Linux distributions using ReiserFS or Ext2/3 tend to not fragment as is an issue with Windows NTFS and Fat32. There's less issue with spyware and viruses due to security policy methods put in place by Linux developers. Some Linux distributions package management systems such as Novell's YaST check for digital signatures of binary RPM packages (like .exe for Windows). The Linspire team can clarify if CNR does this for their Debian based distribution. Other reasons are lower cost due to licensing and maintenance support services offered by some Linux developers. LSB certification is now becoming more known as a method of developers meeting specific standards for their software. This way you as a consumer can be assured certain specifics are being met for developers that have passed and have LSB certification. Novell, Red Hat and Mandrakesoft are just some of the developers that have obtained LSB certification. There's other benefits such as not being locked in, etc but to long to list in one post.

Regarding multimedia applications there are several commercial and open source developers that port to Linux. I use Amarok instead of running iTunes on Wine, Xine with Kaffeine frontend for my video playback (avi, wmv, qt, etc), Gimp/Cinepaint instead of Photoshop, etc.

As for Discreet's 3DSMax they have yet to port the application to Linux. That's not the Linux community's fault but the responsibility of the developer. Besides the two top animation packages used by post-production studios, etc is Alias Maya and Softimage XSI. Both of which are ported to Linux. See the post "Software for 3D/2D Artists, Designers, etc" here for a better idea of what's available to freelancers, studios and art schools.

Cheers ;)