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freespire 1.0.3
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1 33709 03-03-2007
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

Description: I have been sampling a lot of distros lately. Having read a lot about Linspire, I was interested to try Freespire. Here are my initial reactions:
  1. It would not install on my SCSI system at the office
  2. It would not install on my SATA system at home
  3. It did finally install on my old-fashioned P-III IDE system--when I allowed it to take over the whole disk. I can't try this on the other two machines
  4. The CD takes forever to start up--just to get to the install dialog
  5. You have the option of writing the mbr--or not--but there is no option to put it on a floppy
  6. During setup, you specify a user name and a ROOT password. However, when you are up an running, the root account is disabled. VERY confusing.
  7. Even when finally installed, it seems slow to start up. (maybe it's the P-III, but Ubuntu on that box is significantly faster.)
  8. configuring the display resolution, I noted that the xorg.conf file warned against manual editing--so I ran the Freespire config program--it gave no options, and just put the system back where it started
  9. They take Thunderbird and put their own label on it (A really original name at that: "e-mail") When you look at the "about" dialog, it does say that it is based on Thunderbird. M I C ...K E Y...M O USE!!

The marketing concept seems good (start with a freebie and then pay for things like CNR if you choose), but the setup is clumsy and non-robust. It is hard to believe that it would be released with no support for either SCSI or SATA, although I suppose that--if I dug around--I would discover that I was supposed to pass some option to the kernel. (I am not going to dig around---no time)

Bottom Line: Very poorly done.

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Old 03-03-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2007
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 2

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: One of the best/easiest Windows to Linux distros
Cons: Not good for Lower-end systems

Freespire is the free (as in cost) operating system from Linspire. I found hardware support to be great with Freespire, thanks to having proprietary drivers. It even has wireless support for many of the tough wi-fi cards; like the Broadcom 4318 . The default desktop is KDE, and the package system is .deb. CNR is included for free with many applications to install, with one click install. My only gripe about the system is that the database in CNR is not very updated. Hopefully this will change when the database is synced with Ubuntu's.

my rating (1-10): 8


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