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Freespire Aspires, But Fails to Inspire

Aug 21, 2007, 09:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"Freespire, the free as in beer version of the Linspire Linux distribution, this month released Freespire 2.0, the first version of the operating system based on the popular Ubuntu distribution, and the first to contain proprietary codecs and drivers. Despite its attractive appearance, it left me with mixed feelings.

"You can boot the Freespire image as a live CD or go straight into the install. It's always advisable to try the live CD option first to test hardware compatibility. When you do, the tasteful and professional silent boot splash whisks you into a short setup setup routine..."

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