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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CNR / Ubuntu
by Michael_Valentine on Mon 9th Jan 2006 18:57 UTC
Michael_Valentine
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2005-07-22

Basic CNR is $20 per year and $50 for the Gold Edition. CNR is meant for the new users coming from Windows to Linux and those that wish to just use their PC's and not figure out all the in's and out's to the OS. There's no real advantage over apt-get when installing software if you don't care about one click installs or know how to add your own sources or compile your own programs, but it sure is worth it if you fall into the above two categories. The other thing to remember is that CNR also pushes updates and many other services besides installing software.

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RE: CNR / Ubuntu
by Windows Sucks on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:12 in reply to "CNR / Ubuntu"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

The sucky part about CNR (And I have a subscription to it myself because my brother and mother use Linspire) is they take FOREVER to put software in CNR.

They STILL don't have the new version of Firefox, took them forever to get the new version of Open Office.

And if you want to get the newest versions of software when they come out you have to join the insider club. ($99)

I understand they have a business model etc, but to make CNR worth while for me they need to work out the intall issues for new apps and get them in there quick.

And I know, I know there are 50 other ways to install things without using CNR, but I am paying for CNR and would love to get my moneys worth!

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RE[2]: CNR / Ubuntu
by ma_d on Mon 9th Jan 2006 21:55 in reply to "RE: CNR / Ubuntu"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

I disagree with charging more for this "insider club." But I can see why they slow the updates: Many free programs have a release cycle of about 3 weeks. That's a lot more updates than many users want. So, waiting, testing, and picking the best ones could be a great service.

If they were smart they'd do the insider service for $50, minus however many bug reports you file. Say, $5 a bug report. Or, even, give it out free to anyone, as long as they keep their bug reports coming.
That way those people could help them figure out which versions of software to let into the main stream.

But the guy who runs Linspire doesn't, IMO, understand free software very well.

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