Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Linspire Linspire has started another attempt at selling computers pre-installed with their operating system - this time by teaming up with Mirus - called the Koobox. Ars looks at the situation: "At this point it is hard to assess the potential of the Koobox systems. If it succeeds, the product could help legitimize desktop Linux and bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of how many get sold, the availability of yet another budget Linux PC illuminates the growing popularity of the Linux platform, and contributes to the perception that Linux is applicable to desktop computing."
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No one is perfect
by SEJeff on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:42 UTC
SEJeff
Member since:
2005-11-05

Ok, I was wrong about the run as root thing... I haven't used Linspire since it was first released and was named Lindows.

What about Click'n'run? Sure it's nice to be able to point, click, and install software, but you have to pay for it. Ubuntu offers pretty much the exact same thing via synaptic or even gnome-app-install yet you don't pay a dime for it. I really don't see the benefits of Linspire over Ubuntu and am curious to see what other Linspire users have to say.

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RE: No one is perfect
by raver31 on Mon 9th Jan 2006 20:49 in reply to "No one is perfect"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

The advantages are that packages in the click and run repositories are fully tested and will not destroy your system.

As Linspire is Debian based, you can still use apt-get + synaptic with it, although this would be using standard Debain repositories, you ould be introducing errors onto the system.

The idea of Linspire is to get ex-windows users to move to Linux and to do this with the least amount of learning. Linspire, (and Xanros too, let me add), does an excellent job at this.

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RE[2]: No one is perfect
by SEJeff on Tue 10th Jan 2006 01:04 in reply to "RE: No one is perfect"
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

ummm the same can be said for the 19,000+ packages in the Ubuntu repositories. The main difference is that they are free in Ubuntu and not in Linspire. So back to the original question... how is Click'n'run better?

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RE: No one is perfect
by glarepate on Mon 9th Jan 2006 22:22 in reply to "No one is perfect"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

What about Click'n'run? Sure it's nice to be able to point, click, and install software, but you have to pay for it.

I believe this is a common practice among software users. People actually go out into the world and buy software. One difference here is that you don't have to go get in the car and fetch the software home to install it.

Another difference it's a heckuva lot cheaper than most software. You could easily spend $100 or more on one package (that may or may not be exactly what you want or need if you haven't already tried it out on your target system yet). Compared to spending the same amount to have an online catalog of selections that you may try, test and select from that seems like a *really* good deal.

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RE: No one is perfect
by abdavidson on Tue 10th Jan 2006 02:41 in reply to "No one is perfect"
abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

Never understood how someone can say

"I haven't used Linspire since it was first released and was named Lindows."

And then follow up with

"I really don't see the benefits of Linspire over Ubuntu"

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