- From: Lee Parmeter <lee@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: hllug@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 11:17:42 -0500
Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony unveiled Freespire, a no-cost version of Linspire's Linux distribution, in his keynote address at the _Desktop Linux Summit_ <http://www.desktoplinuxsummit.org> on April 24. Freespire will be offered in both a completely open-source version as well as one that includes proprietary software, Carmony said.
The first beta release of Freespire will be made available for download in August, according to Carmony.
Freespire is about choice," Carmony stated. "The user should be free to decide what software they want to install on their systems, be that proprietary or open source. Linspire fully embraces and supports the open source model, but if Linux is to gain mainstream acceptance, it needs to work with iPods and DVD players, and fully support hardware, such as 3D graphic cards, WiFi, sound, and printers. Until there are viable open source replacements, Freespire sets out to at least provide the option of legally and easily using certain proprietary codices, drivers and software."
The new distribution will be based on Debian, Linspire, and Ubuntu, but will mostly be a direct derivative from Debian (Sid). It is also based on the DCC Alliance's LSB (Linux Standard Base) compliant core Linux.
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