Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2007 21:09 UTC
Linspire "Freespire, the free as in beer version of the Linspire Linux distribution, this month released Freespire 2.0, the first version of the operating system based on the popular Ubuntu distribution, and the first to contain proprietary codecs and drivers. Despite its attractive appearance, it left me with mixed feelings."
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Poor review
by Adurbe on Tue 21st Aug 2007 09:35 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

I installed freespire
I ignored the tools it had installed and its intended aims (eg including drivers so newbies don't have to worry about them)

used commandline instead!!!


I guarentee you this, if using the nvidea driver and other changes requires editing a config file NONE of its intended userbase will ever do so

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RE: Poor review
by netpython on Tue 21st Aug 2007 10:05 in reply to "Poor review"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

I guarentee you this, if using the nvidea driver and other changes requires editing a config file NONE of its intended userbase will ever do so

That alone defeats the goal targeted.

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RE[2]: Poor review
by Robocoastie on Tue 21st Aug 2007 16:04 in reply to "RE: Poor review"
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

Well that's not Linspire's fault at all. It's a known issue in Ubuntu as well with Nvidia cards because the recent driver doesn't detect people's monitors very well. Perhaps its simply because there's so many types of monitors out there. I ended up digging through my monitor makers website to find the information to change the V and H rates, then added my resolutions and it worked.

I really don't know how Linspire could fix that. The only way is probably for OEM's to sell only equipment that the drivers are known to correctly identify. I've thought for some time anyway that a Linux oem should try to build and sell equipment for Linux then only support their equipment ala Apple. That or the largest distros like Ubuntu, and OpenSuse have a program where equipment makers can put a Tux sticker on it to indicate it works out of the box with *nix.

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