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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Paiter
Member since:
2006-08-24

There are exceptions of course (I mentioned the only one I know of: Emacs), but "being around" for years doesn't mean the projects are alive and in good health. I mean, many latest versions hardly present new features. Where is the lunch money? Do I get something if I do it?

Yes it is suicidal: how many "distro-men" suffered from health problems due to excessive work? (I know of two) How many quit trying to get something from nothing?
How many sincerely wanted to do something great but bad things happened? (Libranet comes to mind).

Even if you charge something life is very tough, so you can imagine how tough it is if you just offer the code.

Who is going to support you?

Let us imagine that
I start now a project, get a bunch of people
(without a clue) working in it and then, after everyone fails to see the point, we leave it in SourceForge for years. Some guy changes the color of the Icons: new Version! The project is active!

Do you want examples? There are thousands.

Now: lots of code has been around for years. It doesn't matter.

That's what happens.

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deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

So as I stated - how long does linux have to be around for you to consider it non-suicidal and non-sad?

Sure projects come and go for numerous reasons. So what?

Libranet DID do something great, how does the leader of the project passing away unexpectedly make anything suicidal.

How is your sourceforge example suicidal or sad. It is perfect! If people are interested and it is the best solution then it likely will do well. If not then it can sit dormant until it is needed, or until someone is interested, or until someone uses it for a piece of another project.

I guess I just do not get your point. I don't understand what you are getting at. My only question is if this is so sad and suicidal shouldn't it be dead already? And not gaining in popularity?

Edited 2006-08-31 03:50

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Paiter Member since:
2006-08-24

I won't go further into this subject because it makes people upset. First, the difficulty with Libranet was the ambitious version 3.0 and not Jon's unfortunate death. I do not want to use more names, as I respect them. It is just too much to cope. Have you seen Slackware's changelog, incidently? And he is *just* organizing stuff, not creating, testing, debugging, profiling and analysing new code. Even so, the task is enormous.

Then, I did not comment on SourceForge system but rather on large quantities of semi-dead projects. The projects themselves.

As for "gaining" in popularity, that may be the truth, or not. We must see numbers and analyse them.

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