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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Making CNR free is a major announcement
by JeffS on Thu 31st Aug 2006 21:16 UTC
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.... and it's not "whoring".

I mean, CNR is a major part of Linspire's business strategy, and making the basic service free is therefore quite significant.

Also, so what if they are "in it to make money". Linspire is a business. That's what businesses do. They're not in it to lose money, afterall, or to piss off investors, or get all their employees laid off.

It's okay to run a business based on OSS - Red Hat does it, Novell does it, MySQL does it, JBoss does it, SugarCRM does it, Sun does it, QT does it, and so do many others. So don't get mad at Linspire because they are trying to make money.

And I think there is a huge, tangible, benefit to use a distro built by a professional business, where there are paid programmers. Compared to completely "for free" distros, a distro put out by a business tends to have the extra attention to detail, that extra polish, that extra level of documentation and support, that often make it worthwhile using/purchasing over other completely free distros. And now there's Freespire, which is mostly the same as regular Linspire, but with less support (all community based), and fewer extra goodies, and mor bleeding edge.

And because of this, I would recommend Freespire or Linspire to a Linux newbie/Windows/MacOS user over all the other desktop oriented distros I've previously used (Mandriva, Mepis, Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Kanotix, Knoppix). Freespire/Linspire just seems to have the extra level of polish, and "out of the box" ease of use and functionality that non technical newbies completely expect and demand. If they don't get it, they say "bye bye Linux".

And, as I've said before, even though I can fairly easily config a non newbie oriented distro (as I've done with Slack and FreeBSD) and use it happily, I very much appreciate extra polish and ease of use. It makes my computing life easier, so that I can get on to real work/play more quickly.

And we have to remember that as far as Desktop Linux is concerned, it is competing against both WinXP and MacOSX, which deliver very polished, very easy, very automatic end user experiences. And I think that of all the desktop oriented distros, Linspire/Freespire seem best equiped to compete head to head, feature for feature, polish for polish, with WinXP and MacOSX.

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