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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We will give it a try.
by cfaak on Mon 17th Jul 2006 01:28 UTC
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As an agency that gives out free computers that has very small budget we have long used Linux because of cost. Right now we use SuSE. Because it is easy to install and maintain even for a novice. I can tell you that 100 copies of Linux went to our clients so far in the last year.

As for the usability of Linux - We have no problems getting people started using it right away. The Vast majority of the computers we give out keep their Linux installs. We know because we follow up and know what is happening on about 80% of our system.

for more information on this.

We have tried many Linux Distros over the years - and in fact had passed on Linspire in the past because of Attached cost and not because of any problems encountered by the average novice that uses it. Once Freespire is a little further along we will give it another examination.

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