Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Aug 2006 17:05 UTC, submitted by jcpinto
Linspire Starting today, Linspire does not only offer a free OS, but also its CNR Basic service. " Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate change in pricing for its popular CNR Service from an annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service." CEO Carmony said: "We're thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free. CNR really makes using desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality service."
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RE[2]: Pfff....
by h3rman on Wed 30th Aug 2006 19:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Pfff...."
h3rman
Member since:
2006-08-09

Interesting to see the Linspire CEO post here.
Now that I have the chance, could I take this opportunity to ask you something?
I have the impression that Linspire is a lot bigger in North America than it is here in Europe (correct me if I'm wrong).
Do you think someday you might be selling complete systems in Europe? It might take a little investing in PR, but I definitely think people are ready for it. Macs are getting more popular, and people start realising there doesn't have to be an OS monopoly on PCs.

Why don't you launch, say, a bright yellow, XGL/Compiz ready Linspire laptop or something, instead of the eternal greyish boredom out there? And instead of the over-2500 dollars Lenovo SLED laptop (Linux is for the rich?). People are looking for something different, and most hardware makers are afraid to offer it to them. I'll be spreading the word here in Rotterdam for you for free. And I even use Gnome. ;)

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RE[3]: Pfff....
by polarbear on Wed 30th Aug 2006 19:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Pfff...."
polarbear Member since:
2006-06-13

>I have the impression that Linspire is a lot bigger in North America than it is here in Europe (correct me if I'm wrong).
>Do you think someday you might be selling complete systems in Europe?

Over the last month here in Sweden, Linspire PCs have started to appear at the big retailers such as PCCity and Elgiganten. Those are low price (about $340) Medion computers. They are marketed as "perfect for students".

http://www.elgiganten.se/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/store-elgiga...

I guess those might be coming to you in Holland soon too.

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RE[4]: Pfff....
by h3rman on Wed 30th Aug 2006 20:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Pfff...."
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

Over the last month here in Sweden, Linspire PCs have started to appear at the big retailers such as PCCity and Elgiganten. Those are low price (about $340) Medion computers. They are marketed as "perfect for students".
I always knew progress first happens in Scandinavia. ;)
Medion is sold online, and by the Aldi chain here in Holland, Germany, Belgium. Unfortunately, that's a supermarket, selling PCs and maybe even laptops only at radom times, giving Medion a B-brand reputation. These PCs have very noisy fans for example. Haven't seen any Linux on it yet.

Linux + its best distros are generally quality products, that should not be marketed as a cheap alternative to that other OS. It should be marketed as a quality OS for a good price; if it's on retail hardware, it should not be on hot noisy Celerons or something, and priced nicely under Apple, but never dumped Acer style.

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