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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I'm glad Freespire exists
by KLU9 on Tue 21st Aug 2007 23:08 UTC
KLU9
Member since:
2006-12-06

I couldn't really give two {hoots} if Frespire is 'dead'/'corrupt'/unfocused or disliked by 'the community'.

What I care is that in the 3 hours I had in town to get something working on my mother's computer, I got Freespire up & running and everything she needs/likes WORKED: sound, check; videos, check; BBC radio streams, check; YouTube, check; mp3s, check; networking, check; decent resolution, check; web browsing, check; BitTorrent, check; and so on. I mean...it ALL worked! OMFG!!!

With my previous flying visits (with 1 task being to overcome the borked Windows install), OSes like LinuxMint, PC-BSD, Ubuntu Ultimate, Wolvix all left some issues that I couldn't deal with. An install of those would mean hours/days/weeks of research to iron out all the kinks. Hours/days/weeks that I didn't have.

Now, with Freespire, she's happy. ;)

The only thing that caused a problem was that CNR isn't working, but whenever I tried it, I noticed it listed "Aptitude" as already installed. I'm little more than a Windows semi-power-user, but by reading the instructions, I got the last few necessary apps installed.

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RE: I'm glad Freespire exists
by snozzberry on Tue 21st Aug 2007 23:41 in reply to "I'm glad Freespire exists"
snozzberry Member since:
2005-11-14

What I care is that in the 3 hours I had in town to get something working on my mother's computer, I got Freespire up & running and everything she needs/likes WORKED: sound, check; videos, check; BBC radio streams, check; YouTube, check; mp3s, check; networking, check; decent resolution, check; web browsing, check; BitTorrent, check; and so on. I mean...it ALL worked! OMFG!!!


FWIW it takes about 45 minutes to install *buntu and perhaps another hour to get codecs and a few basic nonbundled apps installed, if you're familiar with what's needed and where to find it. Easybuntu does most of this.

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RE[2]: I'm glad Freespire exists
by KLU9 on Thu 23rd Aug 2007 00:24 in reply to "RE: I'm glad Freespire exists"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

yeah, it's always so easy... in theory... Freespire is the first time it *really* happened to me.

and I'm so supposed to research all that in 800x600 resolution? with the all-important "Yes/No" etc buttons of the Ubuntu install process etc off the bottom of the screen because of the resolution *it* gave me and knows it's operating under?

(if the Gparted LiveCD of 35mb can give me a useable resolution, I don't see (or care) why Ubuntu can't)

I'm so tired of distros that other people say Just Work that it's a shock to finally experience one that really did work for me.

If ubuntu works for you, congratulations. But ultimately I don't care; I had my own fish to fry and ONLY Freespire managed it.

(looking over my post, it sounds a bit harsh: don't take it personal ;=) )

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RE: BUGGY!
by OStourist on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 02:22 in reply to "I'm glad Freespire exists"
OStourist Member since:
2007-06-19

First of all I must thank you for at least having tried it - so many here have not.
I'm sorry but as much as I WANTED to love Freespire and
found that everything DID work at least initially...key words...

Try launching that SDL game lbreakout2 - result was a black
screen ; try to kill lbreakout2 - frozen mouse and keyboard.

Play that DVD - works for 5 minutes but then freezes THE WHOLE SYSTEM!
Trey to get decent resolution for nvidia 7300 - not possible as modes past 1024x768 not detected!(on my 23" LCD this is not acceptable)

It's been a while since I have run across a distro this UNSTABLE and upon perusing the forums I have discovered that at least some people think this was
released WAY too early. Also the kernel source is not released(which may have fixed these issues)
Please fix these issues - until then I will enjoy
DesktopBSD or OS X - at least they are stable.

[My hardware is not exotic - P4(3GHZ) i915 chipset
nvidia 7300 card]

Edited 2007-08-22 02:25

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RE[2]: BUGGY!
by Robocoastie on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 04:33 in reply to "RE: BUGGY!"
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

well OSTourist a few of us have mentioned how to fix your resolution issue and pointed out that problem is not specific to freespire.

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