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Re: Linspire news

  • Subject: Re: Linspire news
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 13:27:32 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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__/ [ B Gruff ] on Monday 09 October 2006 12:05 \__

> On Monday 09 October 2006 11:41 BearItAll wrote:
>> The reason I push Linspire is not so much for experienced Linux users, but
>> if you have family members wanting to try Linux and want to give them as
>> smooth a road as possible, then I don't think you can do better than the
>> Linspire system.
> I tried it once, just to see what it's like.  My own observations:-
> - as you say, very easy to install, very good on the CNR.  In fact, it
> really "rubs in" the gratis nature of packages - you in effect go to the
> "shop", select from the "shelf", and price is zero:-)
> - deliberately made to make the ex-Windows user feel at home.  "My
> Documents", changed names for apps, etc.  Double-click by default?:-)
> - easy to install, but IIRC only possible (without some difficulty) to use
> Linspire on its own, or Linspire + Windows.  LILO?
> You keep apologising, but I reckon that for somebody "on their own", it
> might actually be the best "first try" of Linux.

Some argue that Xandrox 4 is a suitable route as well. It even offer
discounts to former Windows 98/ME users. Ubuntu may be different from
Windows, but it definitely simplifies the Linux experience. Same with
PCLinuxOS, Mepis (although I am not too sure) and Mandriva. Not sure about
SLED, but it's an improvement over Opensuse, it seems...

Lastly, Ubuntu and its derivative Mepis (no longer Debian) are free. Same
with PCLinuxOS, which underneath is just Mandrake 9.2 (thus a Mandriva

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