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DesktopLinux: Freespire: Great Idea? Awful Idea?

May 04, 2006, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"It's a simple idea. Take the Linspire Debian-based Linux distribution and bundle it with every proprietary driver and program that's available for Linux. Ta-da, an instant Linux that's compatible with far more hardware and applications.

"The problem, of course, is that by combining proprietary software with Linux, you're also legitimatizing the use of proprietary programs with open-source. To paraphrase Pamela Jones, editor of Groklaw, Linspire's mangling of the language of Free Software can only pervert and confuse the open-source community and audience..."

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