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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what? can't use my iTunes? dood!
by Robocoastie on Tue 10th Jan 2006 04:31 UTC
Robocoastie
Member since:
2005-09-15

Once people realize they can't use iTunes on it they'll feel cheated. Like it or not (and for the record I don't like it) DRM is here to stay and its only a matter of time before the hard cd's in stores are just computer data cd's with a licence code to enter which makes them DRM - death of the normal cd iow just like the cassette tape, 8-trac, vinyl etc...

If Linspire hopes to keep pushing as a viable alternative (aside from getting it to install proper kernels for ones hardware which it doesn't currently do) they need to cut a deal with Apple and MSFT for their DRM they have got to get Apple to make a version of iTunes for *nix.

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LinspireMan Member since:
2006-01-10

Who cares about iTunes! The quality of the files is substandard IMO. I get much better results if I go buy an audio CD online and make my own OGG files at 500 Kbps. Sounds just as good as the CDs too! ;)

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