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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by seakryan on Sun 16th Jul 2006 23:27 UTC
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I can understand some of the concerns about whether people will contribute or not. At the same time - if folks were to go to the site and check around they might be surprised as to who is already involved. The Freespire project should not be confused with the release a few months back of the same named ISO. That was a pet project of a Insider of Linspire and someone released it without his permission. Little did he know that Linspire had been working on this "project" for a couple years. That individual is also on the new Freespire board. Here is a list of the current board members:

Andrew Betts - (The insider who's project was released)
Jono Bacon (Linux and Open Source Consultant)
Kevin Carmony (Linspire's CEO)
Jim Curtin (CEO - Win4Lin)
Martin Michlmayr (Spent 10 years as Debian project leader.)
Jeff Mitchell (Amarok developer - MIT research staff)
Ian Murdoch (CTO Free Standard Group - Founder of Debian)
Chris Norman (IT Director - Cinemark Theaters)
Chris John Ramaglia (Creator of Klikit)
Mathew Revell (Writer and LugRadio presenter)
Kevin Shockey (Editor in Chief, Tux Magazine)
Tom Welsh (Senior Programming Manager - LDS Church)

One should really check out the Freespire site and Wiki before coming to any conclusions. There will be a ISO that has proprietary code and there will be a totally open version. With either one you will be able to use either apt-get or for those who use CNR - CNR. Apps that cost money - such as Win4Lin and a DVD Player can be purchased through CNR. Even for those who do not choose to sign up for CNR. Those who want to use Apt - can do so.

The root versus user is no longer a issue. Freespire uses sudo in much the same way Ubuntu does.

Check it out and poke around. Folks might be surprised.

No I don't work for Linspire. LOL

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