Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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RE[2]: Anyone remember?
by egon_spengler on Tue 24th Oct 2006 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Anyone remember?"
egon_spengler
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2005-11-20

Apple has always held close rein on the OS, as is generally known, and makes no pretension to be installable on anything OTHER than Apple hardware. However, Linux distros (other than perhaps a PPC distro) make no such claims, such as XYZ distro will ONLY install on a Toshiba Model Framistat12. Thus, it is by no means the fault of the author for failing to expect Freespire to work after the marketing, is it?

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RE[3]: Anyone remember?
by sbergman27 on Tue 24th Oct 2006 17:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Anyone remember?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""However, Linux distros (other than perhaps a PPC distro) make no such claims, such as XYZ distro will ONLY install on a Toshiba Model Framistat12."""

Straw man.

Linspire/Freespire make no claims of supporting all hardware. There may be a few individuals who would try to argue otherwise, but while Linux has amazingly good hardware support in general, even in the absence of cooperation for some hardware makers, there are some weak areas. Wireless support is one of them. Do a google search for "Linux" and "Wireless" and you will see that the community discusses these problems quite openly.

He could have picked up a Linspire notebook with everything pre-installed and working perfectly for as little as $400-$500 rather than spending $1100 - $2800 on the Macbook. (That price range comes from Compusa.com.)

My original point stands.

Edited 2006-10-24 17:25

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RE[4]: Anyone remember?
by Barnabyh on Tue 24th Oct 2006 18:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Anyone remember?"
Barnabyh Member since:
2006-02-06

When I last looked Linspire had a hardware database on their website stating all hardware that is supported, with the rest you will obviously take your chances.
There's a *a lot* of material and discussion out there how to get wireless working, and trying something like the Debian mailing list, searching its or other newsgroups archives through Google groups would most definitely turn something up that will work. Forums are great too.
Well I guess the real issue was Korean language support and before plonking down $1,000 + I would rather have tried a few more international/bigger distros like Debian or Fedora where you can expect this sort of thing before giving up. But maybe I'm just tight. Particularly Debian is great with this and apt/synaptic configures everything automatically.
Heads up anyway for a nice try, but sometimes it's worth putting in a bit more time 'cos once it works it works (at least in linux).

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