Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Jul 2006 20:16 UTC, submitted by jake tate
Linspire Kevin Carmony of Linspire/Freespire has announced that the first beta of Freespire has been released earlier than anticipated. Get it from the download page. According to Carmony, this release includes out-of-the-box support for proprietary formats such as .mp3 and WMV, plug-and-play support for Ati and nVIDIA cards without user intervention, Click-N-Run, and much more.
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!OSS might remove turn away some users
by timbobsteve on Sun 16th Jul 2006 22:17 UTC
timbobsteve
Member since:
2006-06-25

Alot of talk has been made about Linspire and Freespire shipping with proprietary contect and alot of the time people have seen that as a negative quality. While some users might appreciate the built-in support for W32Codecs and the like, others see it as a betrayal of OSS and Free Software in general. Unfortunately the people most likely turned away are the people you definately want on your side, they are the linux guru's that really know their stuff.

I think freespire is a good idea, but lately with the complete nature of Ubuntu as a windows desktop replacement, I don't see alot of support coming from the 'hardcore' community. Ubuntu doesn't ship with proprietary codecs and the like (although I think it does have the nvidia drivers) but it does add the option do download them if you need them.

All I definately know is that I would like to give FreeSpire to my parents so I could rid them of the virus that is Windows once and for all.

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Havin_it Member since:
2006-03-10

Try this:

Let's write intelligently as well.

/sorry

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buff Member since:
2005-11-12

Thank God someone else notices this too! I don't know why so many tech. people always join these words. Is the educational system failing someplace? There is definately a difference between writing well and basic intelligence.

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