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]: A good start, I guess...
by egon_spengler on Wed 30th Aug 2006 22:19 UTC in reply to "RE: A good start, I guess..."
egon_spengler
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2005-11-20

Uh, yeah, RIIIIGGHT. In Linspire, in all versions up to and including the new wonderweapon V2 release, if the user does NOT take any action to create a user, WHAT ARE they running as? Umm, ROOT maybe? Let's see, no other action taken (default), account used (root), sounds like desktop-as-root-by-default to me. Now, Freespire did a marvelous Ubuntu-take on the situation, and makes the first user created an entry in the sudoers file to allow for system maintenance, and the holdovers from Linspire need to be tweaked a bit to get around the bumps.

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deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

HEY EGON! ;)
And would a new user KNOW they needed to create a user account in linspire. Nope! So while one could argue semantics, in linspire a new user will end up running as root.

Also the link I posted that a user will be unable to use their scanner unless they are root.

It is a shame that the linspire users want nothing more than to turn freespire back into the run-as-root distro and now they cite that the reason is becasue it is for advanced users.

Shameful really!

Edited 2006-08-30 22:35

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