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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.
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.
"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."
Quoting from a Dr. Jones on the Freespire forums on a question about CNR: "Currently CNR requires an Internet connection to function (w/o a connection there's no access to the warehouse product pages to determine version). Yes currently CNR installs some products using an encrypted .deb file that can be stored locally (/var/cache/.repository) after the installation is complete (again an Internet connection is required for all CNR functions)" So, CNR is useless without internet connection.
What are the dire warnings posted EVERY time someone mentions apt-get and Linspire in the same sentence? Edited 2006-09-10 14:23