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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Impressed.
by Windows Sucks on Mon 17th Jul 2006 12:26 UTC
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

I am pretty impressed with Freespire. I find it actually much better just from using it for 30 minutes then Linspire 5.

Just what I see:

I love the fact that I have full access to CNR (As a full Linspire customer)

Freespire is much faster then I thought it would be, boots faster, loads apps faster by default then I expected (Pleasant surprise!)

They put in Firefox and Thunderbird (While Linspire still uses Mozilla and Mozilla mail by default)

It installs faster.

They actually for the user (Without looking like they are making you do it) to make a regular log in account and using that by default. Also they made some options now open to the regular user account (like being able to change your IP settings)

They changed the colors and icons which to me now look better.

Using newer version of KDE (I think) then in Linspire 5

All in all I like it. I find it pretty tight, and as I said quick. Faster then Ubuntu, Xandros and Suse Enterprise 10 desktop, out the box on the same machine.

At this rate I may actually go back to using Linspire/Freespire. My mom, grand mother, girlfriend and Brother use Linspire 5 and are happy with it. My girlfriend loves to brag that she has never had a single problem with her Linspire machine. Once I set it up it has never crashed, gotten a virus, worm and the number one thing! NO SPYWARE!

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RE: Impressed.
by Windows Sucks on Mon 17th Jul 2006 13:02 in reply to "Impressed. "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Actually, I am confused as to how they have now set up the primary account?

Is it root (Well I can't change some files owned by root in folders like etc)

But I can do some root tasks in KDE

There is an admin icon on the log in screen and then the user name you create. Not sure how to log in as admin if the primary user is not admin.

Strange.

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RE: Impressed.
by Windows Sucks on Mon 17th Jul 2006 13:09 in reply to "Impressed. "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Never mind, figured it out I think.

Looks like by default root is disabled.

If you log in as the regular user and then open the user manager, root is disabled.

Looks like as a regular user you can enable root from the user manager.

Not sure how secure this is, but it's better then starting out as root!

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