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Linux.com: First Look: Freespire

Jul 31, 2006, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"Freespire is the free offshoot of the proprietary Linspire Linux distribution, formerly an outside effort, but now produced by the company itself. The first beta release is available through the Freespire Web site, both as an CD-sized burnable ISO image and as a VMware Virtual Appliance. Despite its youth and inexperience, it already exhibits considerable polish.

"Freespire is Debian-derived and uses KDE as its desktop environment. Both the beta and eventual 1.0 release are based on KDE 3.3 and the 2.6.13 kernel. According to the roadmap, these older components were selected in order to speed up delivery; shortly after Freespire is officially declared 1.0, newer versions of all the major components will go into the testing branch for Freespire 1.1..."

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