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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RE[3]: If at first...
by LinspireMan on Tue 10th Jan 2006 05:30 UTC in reply to "If at first..."
LinspireMan
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2006-01-10

That is really funny you say that, because I want Linux on MY desktop, especially Linspire Five-O. I was a Mac OS 7,8,9, and X/Windows XP user, but in June 2005 I had enough of the proprietary train ride and decided to switch to Linux. After trying SuSE Linux 9.3 Professional, Kubuntu, etc., I stumbled upon Linspire and have not looked back once. Linux for the desktop is here already - it's Linspire Five-O!

I love Linspire Five-O a lot, because I can do almost 100% of what I could do with Mac OS X and Windows XP without the extraordinary cost that is involved with these other two platforms. In fact, I believe so much in the future of Linspire, I decided to start my own company to help push Linux further on the desktop. My business (SeaScape LLC - http://www.seascape.us/) is now a Linspire Authorized Builder and Linspire Authorized Reseller. We will be introducing our new Linspire-only systems in a few weeks.

To say that no one wants Linux on their desktop is simply unrealistic, considering the amount of people that are so sick and tired of Microsoft's security problems with Windows XP and earlier. When I am running Windows XP Professional, I constantly have people trying to break into my system - good luck as I have three levels of security. When I am in Linspire Five-O (which is 99% of the time), I do not even get any break in attempts. Hmmm... Wonder which OS I prefer? ;)

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RE[4]: If at first...
by macisaac on Tue 10th Jan 2006 06:10 in reply to "RE[3]: If at first..."
macisaac Member since:
2005-08-28

Nifty, just checked out your website. I've never used linspire myself, but will admit for a home/family oriented desktop computer, it does look kind of interesting.

As to the systems your building, have you decided yet on intel vs amd (/me confirmed amd fanboy)? Price range? Neat cases, vaguely remind of the Cobalt Qube (at least the blue one) Also, what is that ferret's software you mention for kids? As the father of two young boys, I'm very curious because children's software is something that I find sadly a little lacking in Linux world. Tuxpaint and such are fine programs, but there's just not much (if anything) like say the Jumpstart programs from the Mac / Windows world.

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RE[5]: If at first...
by LinspireMan on Tue 10th Jan 2006 06:35 in reply to "RE[4]: If at first..."
LinspireMan Member since:
2006-01-10

Thanks, and I really do appreciate the comments. ;) Feedback is nice, especially when you are pouring your heart and soul into a new business. hehehe

We plan on developing a children's line of software for Linspire Five-O and beyond with Ferrets Only. This is going to take some time, but it will happen this year for sure. This is something we want to help change for Linspire. There is some really great children's software for Linux from what I have seen, but we want to add to that a complete line of children's software like the programs you see in the stores for Windows XP/Mac OS X. Personally, I want to see a lot of Math software, because children today have very poor Math skills. This limits their futures in a way that many people do not normally think of.

I wish I could give you configurations and prices on the website now, but I cannot since I am still deciding what we should go with. We will release a press release with the information very soon - within one month. ;) Let's just say that our Linux (Linspire Five-O) computers are not going to be slow at all. I want to push the envelope with our SeaScape computers. Since I demand quality with my own personal computer and the parts inside of it, this is what we will pursue for our new computers. The cases are absolutely sweet! Personally, I hate ugly cases. LOL It took me a long time to decide on this crucial part of the systems we are going to offer.

Keep watching the website! ;) Also, I am in the Linspire forums a lot, so you could come over there and pay us a visit. We don't bite, and we are very friendly to new Linspire users. That is the one thing that sets Linspire above all other Linux distributions. The people there are awesome IMHO. My user name is LinspireMan.

Edited 2006-01-10 06:50

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