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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RE: There is a reason ...
by DrillSgt on Wed 13th Aug 2008 21:10 UTC in reply to "There is a reason ..."
DrillSgt
Member since:
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 The applications are badly outdated.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[3]: There is a reason ...
by DrillSgt on Thu 14th Aug 2008 00:28 in reply to "RE[2]: There is a reason ..."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"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? "


Well beyond first grade actually. I agree that Xandros and Linspire have outdated packages. So does the stable version of Debian. Has been a long time since I tried Slackware. Gentoo has more recent packages.

You might not be so bad if you could get beyond the playground antics ;)

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RE[3]: There is a reason ...
by Mage66 on Thu 14th Aug 2008 02:19 in reply to "RE[2]: There is a reason ..."
Mage66 Member since:
2005-07-11

Um, have you looked at CNR?

Lots of packages there. Just not every single program available for linux.

You sound like an anti-Mac zealot who says "there's no software for the Mac!"

What you need is the best from each kind of software, and CNR had a lot of that available.

Nobody needs 100's of media players. Just the top 3 or 4 are sufficient.

Remember, CNR wasn't about quantity, but quality.

Also, did you volunteer to package and maintain thousands of packages for CNR???

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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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