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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by Kenny Martens on Wed 5th Jan 2005 17:20 UTC

I quite appreciate the fact that Kevin Carmony and Michael Robertson take the time to answer our questions and yes, even read the comments on places like OSNews.com. Thanks guys.

I haven't been following Linspire too closely in the past year or so, although I did purchase one of those lifetime memberships via ChoicePC a while back. And while I don't use Linspire yet (I'm a Mandrake guy myself), I do plan to try it again sometime in the next year.

Anyway, here's my question: Have you felt supported by the Free software community? Do you feel that the Free software community is committed to helping you succeed (or at least supportive in a passive sort of way), or has the community been mostly antagonistic? Of course there are always the trolls and rabid fans, but ignoring them, what has the community's response been?

As a sort of follow-up question, does the community's response affect your business plan in any appreciable way?