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An Early Look at Freespire

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This new distribution isn't just another Linux distro. It will represent the first Linux to include most of the legally licensed and available, third-party proprietary codices, drivers and software. (DesktopLinux)

In two weeks, Linspire Inc. will release Freespire, its community Linux distribution.

This new distribution isn't just another Linux distro.

It will represent the first Linux to include most of the legally licensed and available, third-party proprietary codices, drivers and software.

To say this is a bit controversial in Linux and free software circles is like saying the dog days of August are somewhat hot.

Nevertheless, Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony bit the bullet in April, and the first release candidate of Freespire is now available.

The operating system is available for free from its main Web site as a BitTorrent download.

What comes with Freespire?

Read the full story on DesktopLinux: An early look at Freespire

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
























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