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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by gplCop318 on Tue 10th Jan 2006 00:39 UTC
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But most "stable" releases are just bug fixes and the like, so you will rarely get the new version for that $50 for ONE year. Now if you keep paying and keep paying then you do but still that is $50 a year. How long was it from 4.0 to 4.5? 4.5 to 5.0?

You trashed mepis installing a package from debian. Well of course you did - so what? If you mix distro packages you will beak most any distro.

The reason you get discounted CNB products with CNR is because you already paid for CNR and on top of that are buying the product. It is like paying for a SAMs membership and then saving a dollar - you didn't save much. Plus like with StarOffice you are buying the LINSPIRE only version so of course it would be discounted wouldnt it. And if you do not keep CNR running then you are unable to register that software and use it.

If CNR is such a great idea why not just put it on a cd or two and sell it that way so people can always have their software? What happens if linspire goes out of business tommorrow, what do you have?

Running as root is bad! Not understanding how to setup other accounts is even worse. But a lot of stuff is broken when running as a user?

CNR might be a good idea if it worked well, but lots of problems with it. Old software, broken software, conflicting software... Linspire has shot itself in the foot by modifying and tweaking and mixing stuff so that adding any package is a chore to get dependencies worked out...

Linspire isn't bleeding edge but they arent stable either. Between the wireless problems, JACK problems, removing OCAML problems, GRUB problems, as well as SLOW as molasses.... When Linspire boots hit the esc key and look how many modules fail, how many things dont exist, how many files could not be found. THIS is considered stable. I dont know how a company releases something that obviously has some scripts out of place and missing stuff....

I could go on but I am running linspire and my browser keeps crashing.....

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