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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There is a reason ...
by deb2006 on Wed 13th Aug 2008 20:40 UTC
deb2006
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2006-06-26

... why distributions such as Slackware and Debian are still around. And why Linspire and such are doomed to fail.

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RE: There is a reason ...
by DrillSgt on Wed 13th Aug 2008 21:10 in reply to "There is a reason ..."
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2005-12-02

"... why distributions such as Slackware and Debian are still around. And why Linspire and such are doomed to fail."

And what pray tell might that reason be? Please share your enlightenment.

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RE[2]: There is a reason ...
by satan666 on Wed 13th Aug 2008 21:24 in reply to "RE: There is a reason ..."
satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

And what pray tell might that reason be? Please share your enlightenment.

Let's see:
Xandros and Linspire:
1. Offer very few applications packaged.
2. The applications are badly outdated.
3. You pay for them.
Debian and Slackware:
1. Huge software repositories
2. The latest versions available.
3. They are free.
A first grade kid should be able to give the right answer. Are you?

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RE[2]: There is a reason ...
by fretinator on Wed 13th Aug 2008 21:29 in reply to "RE: There is a reason ..."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

"... why distributions such as Slackware and Debian are still around. And why Linspire and such are doomed to fail." And what pray tell might that reason be? Please share your enlightenment.


IMHO, Debian is still around because it embodies the spirit of community development. The names change, but Debian lives on forever. The have such a great, open, enduring process.

Meanwhile, Patrick V. is just one very determined, downright stubborn dude who refuses to go away in this age of mega-distros like Suse, Redhat/Fedora and Ubuntu.

2 very different reasons, but they both share one thing - very strong vision.

My fiftieth of a $

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