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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freespire is better than ubuntu
by Eudoxus on Tue 21st Aug 2007 19:49 UTC
Eudoxus
Member since:
2007-02-22

It seems to me that most people have forgotten the substance - the distro itself. I tried live cd and I must admit that in spite of what one may say about dirty deals with MS the distro shines. And I just wish that people in Ubuntu take a look and learn what a cool distro one would make from the same stuff. I have never really got all the positive buzz about Ubuntu. In my view it's a pretty average distro which I'll never run. I use Debian and do not need any ubuntus.
In fact after all those nasty and unjustified comments (as dor article - I do not how the text justifies the harsh title; in the same vein one would write an article about whatevr distro as none of them is perfect) I have growing desire to install freespire.

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snozzberry Member since:
2005-11-14

I tried Freespire from the liveCD and my response was 'meh.' One thing I've noticed over the years is that most KDE distros differ marginally. SuSE, Kubuntu and even Slax are pretty difficult to tell apart outside of how their control panels are organized and which package manager they use.

What shines is KDE, not the particular distro. KDE synergizes together applications in a Windows-like manner, not the distro. KDE provides the excellent printer setup and camera: schema, not the distro. All of this is great, but it comes with a performance price that owners of legacy hardware may not appreciate.

If there's something that was really Linspire-specific you were impressed by, let us know.

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Eudoxus Member since:
2007-02-22

To my mind KDE by default sucks. I find KDE in Kubuntu and Debian just awful and extremely ugly. I still think that Kubuntu in comparison with the new Freespire looks half baked.
To repeat my point. I am not a KDE man and KDE does not shine for me (I use Gnome), bet KDE in Freespire is really polished and looks quite decent. The only distros that can be compared to that are SuSE and PCLOS.

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Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

"If there's something that was really Linspire-specific you were impressed by, let us know."

Cool request. It's those subtle variations in distros you mention that make what they do cool. Take OpenSuse's "gecko" button and F/Linspires button for example, they are just cooler looking than the K-gear. OpenSuse also lays out the menu's in a nice way. Their many many respositories are a nightmare though. Give me K/Ubuntu's repositories over those anyday. OpenSuse makes networking a pain in the rear too compared to K/Ubuntu & F/Linspire. That's sad too because one would think networking is OpenSuse's strong suit - perhaps its too strong and that's my problem.

So eyecandy is what I'd like to see for K/Ubuntu, I just can't stand the "K"gear start button.

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Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

It is indeed very clean, I've actually switched my file server/experimental pc to it. Networking is a snap with it (KDE is just more intuitive for samba but I do like gnome too so don't flame me).

The CNR Alpha status (not even working) is a pain in the rear but I just use synaptic. I don't expect CNR to ever work or purchased CNR software to be reclaimed so just use it as a derivitive of Kubuntu and activate dvd playing the pre-Linspire way ;) . I'm still a believer that dvd playback rights comes with the drive anyway, laws like that are wrong and deserve to be broken continuously until they are repealed.

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