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Relation to Linspire?[edit]

So is Freespire a project of Linspire, and has it always been?--Darrelljon 12:25, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

I think the RTFA article provides sufficient information to answer that question. Chris Cunningham 16:43, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
Should SquiggleOS have a seperate article then?--Darrelljon 19:37, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
It didn't really exist for long enough to generate an article's worth of material. A redirect to here mght be justified, bu that's about it. Chris Cunningham 23:54, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Dead references[edit]

Someone at Freespire has been dropping pages. The first ref is now dead. Chris Cunningham 18:48, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Unfair deletion[edit]

I posted brief useful instructions for how to make Freespire more secure by making sudo require a password.
It was deleted by someone who commented "not a guide book." I think the deletion was totally unfair. I've seen a lot of configuration notes and instructions on a lot of Wikipedia pages about other Linux distributions and computer programs.
—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 20:05, 7 December 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps you should write something about the controversy around their root/sudo methods - in a purely factual format; then provide a reference to the discussion. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Smccuan (talkcontribs) 07:11, 30 January 2007 (UTC)


Does the default installation really have no proprietary software? I find that highly unlikely. Does anyone have a source? Superm401 - Talk 01:18, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

I also find this unlikely. Linspire's distinction among GNU/Linux distros is that they push proprietary software harder than all others. --Gronky (talk) 20:10, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Freespire logo.png[edit]

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Freespire 2.0 is out[edit]

Freespire 2.0 has been released about a couple of hours ago. Could someone edit version numbers and summarly list changes for 2.0 here, kthx. --Omega Said 06:53, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

You can definitely edit the version numbers. You can also list changes if you know which changes should be mentioned.--Chealer 02:08, 11 August 2007 (UTC)


Is Freespire based on Ubuntu? The article as of now says that both Freespire and Linspire are based on Ubuntu . 00:21, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Maybe I don't understand. Are you asking if the article is lying? ColdFusion650 01:05, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
Let's just answer the question. As far as I can tell, Linspire and Freespire used to be based on plain Debian, but this year they switched to modifying Ubuntu instead. --Logotu 19:07, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Dishonest minimisation of Freespire's proprietary software?[edit]

The article compares Freespire to Fedora in terms of freeness. I find that very hard to believe. I haven't used Freespire, so I'm currently thinking of how to get to the truth of this matter.

Given that Freespire's parent company, Linspire, is the GNU/Linux company that pushes proprietary software the most, I wonder if the repeated mentions in this article of giving users the choice to install proprietary software are a sugar coated way of saying that there might be little or no proprietary software on the CD, but soon after you put the disk in you get dialogue boxes suggesting that you install proprietary software to solve various technical shortcomings. Fedora doesn't do that, so if I'm right, then the comparison, and the general tone of this article, is dishonest. --Gronky (talk) 20:14, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

It's not dishonest in the sense that somebody is trying to intentionally mislead people. It could be wrong. I've tried Freespire 1.x (not 2.x yet), and there are no immediate prompts to install new components. In fact, in all my testing, there were no prompts to install software at all. ColdFusion650 (talk) 20:47, 6 August 2008 (UTC)
Re-reading my post, I should have expressed myself better that my worry is more about repeating dishonest marketing from Linspire, rather than some non-aligned Wikipedian being dishonest. --Gronky (talk) 10:26, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Why not try actually using the distribution to investigate this, rather than relying on things you've been told about it and its vendor by the Free Software Foundation? (Honest to God.) Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 11:19, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Just lack of time and interest. FSF didn't give Linspire the reputatin it has. It's always been known as the most proprietary GNU/Linux distro. The claim that they did a 180 and made something as free as Fedora is very hard to believe. --Gronky (talk) 18:06, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
No it isn't. They rebased it around Ubuntu, which makes such a thing trivial. And I think you're thinking of Xandros (or one of the SCO holdings) anyway - Lindows was always more about marketing than anything else IIRC. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 00:41, 19 August 2008 (UTC)


I believe that Freespire meets the general notability guideline. I am removing the tag.-- CFeyecare Talk! 00:12, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Dead Link[edit]

Changed dead link for NewsForge referring to the announcement of Freespire (reference note 5). Used similar article from LinuxPlanet.

Jaqian (talk) 15:34, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Current development state?[edit]

Site's copyright is dated 2006, and the last release was over 2 years ago. Unless they're Debian or Red Hat, this sounds like Freespire is dead. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:41, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

The links are dead too. I found a site on the web that slandered its manager. I think the project warred to death by a multitude of conflicts and legal issues. It is simply dead. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 14:01, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

External links modified[edit]

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Question? Archived sources still need to be checked

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