Linspire 6.0: Two steps backwards? Or Hurt feelings? October 20, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in 1.
Personally I disagree with the author of this piece.
I stick to my guns and will argue my point and the point here is the author is absolutely wrong. When I did my review of Freespire and I said I thought Freespire 2.0 was a better Ubuntu then Ubuntu, I meant it and I still agree with it.
What the authors leave out of that article is the fact that more hardware is supported then with the official Ubuntu release. Im not trying 7.10 because I keep getting frustrated with Ubuntu with every new release. 3D accelleration works with Linspire 6.0, all the common media files play out of box, and it doesnt unexplainably kernel panic and crash. The author brings up Linspire dropping things like LTorrent for KTorrent. What did LTorrent have over KTorrent? Not a thing, its a torrent application for Christs sake. NVU? NVU is dead and not being enhanced anymore, why litter the install CD with out of date code. I personally like that Linspire, Mandriva and PCLinuxOS dont enable 3D desktops by default, it should be users discretion whether to use that feature instead of hunting for an off switch. If you like the Ubuntu approach its not a bad system. Does it have its flaws? Sure but so does every OS on the market.
The main firing point here seems to be the patent deal and its wrong to hose a good piece of software just because of politics. The Microsoft deal could be good, could be bad, its still up in the air. The Microsoft deal with Novell has sprouted moonlight, an OpenXML translator for OpenOffice among many interoperability initiatives. While the patent deal seems to be a sore point I take the good with the bad and will wait to see how things turn out. That statement does not mean I think the patent deal is uneeded or a bad thing.
While I am not a poster boy for the Open Source movement, I dislike the GPLv3 and I disagree with Stallmans “Its GNU/Linux” philosophy. I even wish Theo Da Raadt would grow up. The last I heard was that the Open Source community was a community and that everyone can and should be involved and while Microsoft isnt jumping in head first, what they have contributed has been positive thus far. Should they calm down on the tongue service? Yeah they should, but that neighbor in the non virtual community who hates blacks, jews, puerto ricans, french and Starbucks should also quit blathering about. To the Linux and Open Source developers. If you dont like the idea that just anyone can take your code and profit from it, word of advice. Dont open source it.
In my personal and professional opinion if you want a better Ubuntu experience and still utilize the Ubuntu repositories and want a better Ubuntu then Ubuntu, give Linspire 6 a try. Do not jump on the bandwagon of an author who simply installed the system just to take a screenshot for an article. Give it a try and decide for yourself and dont let politics dictate your computing experience.