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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by OStourist on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 02:22 UTC in reply to "I'm glad Freespire exists"
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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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by Robocoastie on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 04:33 in reply to "RE: BUGGY!"
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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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by OStourist on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 10:44 in reply to "RE[2]: BUGGY!"
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I am well aware that the problem is not specific to freespire...the much hyped Ubuntu also has it..

Here are some unhyped distros(unix and linux)which DO work out-of-the-box

1 Fedora core 7
2 DesktopBSD
4 Nexenta-7 (crappy alpha at that!)

Do you see a pattern here? It is no longer 1997 and
X configuration CAN be done with little nonsense.
The fact that FreeSpire can't do it shows the hacky nature of the distro.
Yes I did configure my card using various drivers,
nv and nvidea and all still had problems.

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