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 xarius on Mon 17th Jul 2006 03:54 UTC
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I highly suggest visiting the Freespire Wiki ( ) and the Freespire Forums ( ) prior to making any "presumptions" about the Freespire project.

I must also re-iterate what Kevin already discussed -

Many people have this idea that anything Linspire touches is "Evil" and should be avoided. Remember that when your using the newest KDE, chatting with Kopete, burning a CD with K3B, when your browsing for desktop enhancements on, using the ReiserFS, or browsing the web with Firefox that Linspire has contributed millions of dollars to help those projects with expenses and has therefore enhanced your Linux experience.

Linspire always gives back its source code (excluding CNR - but, that is going opensource soon), and that source code is always available from their site.

Freespire will be an excellent distro because the people working behind it are extremely intelligent, experienced, and dedicated to their work. Linspire has always displayed some of the best PR and Support that I have seen from any corporation. Many of Linspire's employees frequent the Linspire & Freespire forums. Most notably, Kevin Carmony, Linspire's CEO is always just an email away...its not like your just sending out a message, and then hoping for a reply that never shows up like it is with most other companies, With Linspire you will always get a response.

I guess what attracts me most to Linspire/Freespire is the community and how personally the company interacts with its community. Linspire/Freespire gets rid of the "I Am The Almighty Linux Guru - Thou Noobs Shall Bow Before My Geekness" attitude, and is instead a place for learning and making progress instead of fighting distro wars and battles over gnome/kde.

(Alright - there are some debates about gnome/kde, etc - but, it doesnt take up 1/2 of the posts like it is in other forums.)

Edited 2006-07-17 03:56

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