Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Sep 2006 16:26 UTC, submitted by Mark
Linspire "Linspire/Freespire is real Linux, and if you are hoping to convert someone loaning them a Linspire PC might be the way to do it. If you are a regular Linux user, you don't need it, but it makes a great set of training wheels."
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RE: Heres the 'real story'
by Omega Penguin on Sat 9th Sep 2006 22:37 UTC in reply to "Heres the 'real story'"
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Linspire is better than Ubuntu and Fedora when playing DVDs or MP3 files, and with Java and Flash.If you don't have Internet access, you cannot play them at all with Ubuntu and Fedora. Of course, Ubuntu is including Automatix when Edgy comes out, so I may be wrong.

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egon_spengler Member since:

I do believe that Linspire is touted as a "broadband OS" which is certainly not "if you don't have internet access." To download ANYTHING requires internet access, and the main advantage to Linspire over any other distro, the CNR warehouse is useless without it. Linspire will not play encrypted DVDs, either.

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Nikato Member since:

I have NEVER been forced to run as Root
I purchased DVD player from warehouse which DOES play encrypted DVD pretty well.

Linspire specializes in intel X86 architecture which is the only one of major importance to most people.

Apt-get works great with Linspire, and costs nothing, but for non-technical users there is NOTHING quite as easy as CNR. Xandros comes close.

CNR basic service now costs nothing. This is not because Linspire is desperate, but because they have some interesting services for sale through CNR (DVD Player, antivirus, other commercial software, backgrounds, reminders, and others coming)

CNR is NOT useless without broadband, a little known fact is that you may save downloads as archives and use CNR to re-install them offline. CNR does not have to be connected to web to re-install from local archives.

Linspire intends to make CNR open-source as they have with freespire. After release of linspire 6.0, freespire 1.1 there will be nothing preventing CNR for Ubuntu, Debian, and even RPM based distributions. Also it will be possible to see CNR running on Mac OSX, as apt and X run quite nicely on OSX and Linspire already has some programs for Mac, (Gizmo, NVU).

Linspire IS capable of running other GUI's. Expert friends of mine have compiled Gnome and xfce to run on it and it works just fine.

The main thing I find wrong with Linspire, is that they do not run on my Macbook without paralells or other virtualization. Ubuntu can be made to boot on macbook but it is not easy yet.

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RE[2]: Heres the 'real story'
by r_a_trip on Sun 10th Sep 2006 02:16 in reply to "RE: Heres the 'real story'"
r_a_trip Member since:

Linspire is not better when doing MP3, flash and the other codec magic. Linspire certainly is legal in some parts of the world when doing that, when others might not be.

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kernelpanicked Member since:

Don't know about you but my Ubuntu machine as well as my Fedora box play DVDs and MP3s just fine.

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