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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Let Freedom Ring
by CaptainTux on Mon 17th Jul 2006 04:11 UTC
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There are many who have different views on freedom. I respect he FSF and love the gift we have of the GPL. Some do fear that the GPL3 may restrict freedoms in the name of freedom. Be it a correct fear or an over reaction-only time will tell. We do have the right to start asking the deeper questions. I do not believe use of proprietary software on the same platform as free software makes one a bad citizen. RMS allowed the C Compiler to be used on proprietary Unix systems for decades. Firefox is used blatently on Windows machines and we all high five each other when a community or business replaces MS Office with OOo. It is a work in progress and is in need of correction in the grammar and syntax; but here is the first draft of an essay I am working on that touches on this and is inspired by the freedom of choice Freespire is reaching for.

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