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[4]: Pfff....
by h3rman on Wed 30th Aug 2006 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Pfff...."
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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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