Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Aug 2008 00:05 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
Linspire Xandros has announced the end of Linspire. The company says that it had too many for-pay distributions running around in the company portfolio, so one was bound to be cut. Linspire didn't make it. "Xandros purchased Linspire, the company, earlier this summer. This week, the company announced that it was going to revamp community distribution Freespire, basing its next version on Debian instead of Ubuntu, and using it as a precursor for Xandros Desktop Professional, in much the same way Red Hat uses Fedora and SUSE uses openSUSE. But the company didn't need multiple for-pay desktop distributions, so Linspire is getting the boot."
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It's always sad when a distribution dies, even when it's a commercial one. Linspire helped bring much needed commercial attention to Linux when companies were looking for an alternative to Windows 98 or even Windows 2000. But I knew it was over for them when Xandros stepped in and picked them up...distros buying distros always seem to be a death knell, one way or another.

I think distros buying distros is a good thing. It consolidates the remaining distros. There are maybe 500 Linux distros out there. Don't you think they are too many? For most of them, apart from the wallpaper you can't tell one from another. Wouldn't it be much better if all those small distros pooled their resources together? A few strong distros have a better chance to get significant market share in my opinion.

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