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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Question for MR
by Nathan O. on Wed 5th Jan 2005 18:05 UTC

How about laptop support in Linspire 5? I tried Lindows 4.5 on my laptop. I really liked what I saw, but wifi was a little clumsy (improved since improvements in kwifi?), booting took forever (I hear hardware detection was done by modprobing for everything, even after the first time), and I had to pay extra for suspend-to-disk functionality that was almost too slow to make it worthwhile in place of just rebooting.

I think the main things Linux needs to be good on laptops are better ACPI support (especially suspend-to-ram) and better wifi handling. If Linspire 5 makes these improvements, it'll be the first distro to rock my boat in years.