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Apr 15, 2005, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"Linspire 5.0 (Five-0) is a Debian GNU/Linux-based distribution with a pretty interface, proprietary video drivers and browser plug-ins, and a pricey desktop software subscription model. If you like Linspire but hate the company's Click N Run pay-as-you-go software service, here's how to disable and circumvent CNR and switch to using standard Debian packages and the Synaptic package manager. I'll also show you how to set up your system for watching DVDs without Linspire's proprietary DVD player software.

"Of course, I'm not sure why you'd want to pay $50 for Linspire only to disable its crowning feature. If that's your goal, you might be better off trying a different Debian-based distribution such as Ubuntu Linux or SimplyMEPIS, both of which cost less, are more freedom-friendly, and have more traditional APT-based graphical software management tools..."

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