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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Gullible Jones
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The default is not used in Linspire. And yes, what you call "FUD" is true. Freespire has gotten rid of desktop-as-root policy, and I congratulate them for that, but Linspire hasn't and that is stupid in the extreme.

Something you probably know already: most malicious software on *nix requires root priveleges to hijack your system. If you are running everything as root, the only advantage left to running Linux is that there's less malware made for it - running the desktop as root is a hazard. "It's a more secure operating system" is not an excuse to use extremely insecure default policies.

And for all you penguin-heads out there: I am not bashing your beloved operating system; I'm a fan of it myself. The people I am bashing are the ones who want to make it like Windows - too damned much like Windows.

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