A look at the new Freespire distribution


Article from Issue 72/2006

Linspire is pushing a new non-commercial version called Freespire. We took the Freespire beta for a test drive.

By the time the first version of Linspire [1] finally hit the shelves, this desktop distro had already negotiated some major obstacles. Besides the fact that Microsoft wasn’t happy with the original name, “Lindows,” Linspire’s creators had to admit that they were not going to be able to achieve their original goal of recreating the look and feel of Windows. But Linspire survived this slow start and continues to achieve success in its effort to bring Linux to a mass market consumer audience. Linspire, which focuses on ease of installation and ease of use for newcomers, provides commercial components such as drivers for ATI or Nvidias graphics cards, as well as other commercial software, removing the need for searching for video or audio codecs in order to watch movies. In fact, Linspire has all major commercial codecs.

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