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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RE[2]: Freespire...
by Kevin_Carmony on Mon 17th Jul 2006 08:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Freespire..."
Kevin_Carmony
Member since:
2006-07-17

What result would you expect to see on a linspire forum, and users receiving the linspire letter? I am pretty sure if I stick a poll on a can of coke about which soda is best then I will get a obvious answer. Nice try though.

The Linspire Letter goes to nearly a half million readers, many who are not Linspire users. If your theory were correct, then ALL the Linspire Letters would have such ratings, but as you can clearly see, they go as low as 42.9% agreement. It's pretty clear the reader base for the Linspire Letter has no problem voicing their disagreement with something we write, but on this point, they clearly feel we're on the right track. Funny how most people tend to agree with the idea of having more freedom.

I don't like anyone telling me what I can or can't have on my computer...Microsoft OR anyone else. It should be my choice, and on your computer, it should be yours.

Kevin

Edited 2006-07-17 08:08

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RE[3]: Freespire...
by deanlinkous on Mon 17th Jul 2006 08:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Freespire..."
deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

A half a million huh. So how many vote on your agree/disagree poll then? No the fact is that you are skewing my theory. When it comes to other things even linspire users may not agree but when it comes to something they obviously already agree with then they are pretty quick to agree. I am sure it is more that respond to your letters than just linspire users but most of those responding would be linspire or another commercial OS user and/or at the very least would be someone receptive to the idea of what linspire is doing or else why would they sign up for the linspire letter in the first place?

I am not saying the thought that a lot of people out there WANT a "hybrid os" I am just saying your proof is actually VERY week.

I already get the feeling I am a second class citizen in your eyes because I am one of those that want the "free" version. You seem to want people to agree with you that a "hybrid os" is a good thing and yet you cannot agree that a truly "free" os is a good thing also. So if you cant agree with me, I wont agree with you...

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RE[4]: Freespire...
by Kevin_Carmony on Mon 17th Jul 2006 08:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Freespire..."
Kevin_Carmony Member since:
2006-07-17

I think having a totally free version IS a great thing. Linux has a zillion of 'em, and yes, that's great. I also think having Mac available is great. I think having Windows available is great, because I would never take that choice away from those who want it.

I think the more choices users have the better. I wouldn't restrict any choice from anyone. I'm not about leading the world from one choice to only one, different choice. I believe we need more choices, not less. I don't believe the only way I can get people to accept a new choice is by limiting their previous choices. I don't want people to use Linspire or Freespire...I want people to use the software that is right for them.

Kevin

Edited 2006-07-17 08:35

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