Moarnink peepelz, I don’t know, I’m too stupid, I’m not an expert in Linuxens loooong history or whatev but I know there once was (or still is) a kinda Linux distro around, called Linspire. Far as I know some computer manufacturers used to put it on the machines to sell them “with OS” when they wanted to save the bucks for Windows … or sumfink.
Linspire was never supposed to be used by anyone, and no-one cared about it. You got your computer – and you put Windows on it and ok, cool.
From this obscure Linspire project, which for some reason or another, is still alive and available there is a new version online now. And contrary to the commercial pay-for Linspire it is fukn freeeeee!!!
Hence the name Freespire!
But still it seems suspicious. Is Lin/Freespire in bed with industry giants? Their little free bitch, their dirty little secret?
But Free sounds good, right? We all love freebies! Of course when you gotta pay 5,000 Lindenwoolongs in Second Life just for a standard bento noggin, you hafta save the dough in other places. 😉 And when I heard the Linspire guys droning on about making an easy to use Linux with Gnome2 sensibilities I felt the desperate need to try it out. And I had a weird, unspecified gut feeling about what Freespire was gonna be …
Okayyy. Guys, I don’t really know what to say about Freespire. It’s so … odd. In bed with industry giants and official US depts and municipalities but looking like a hobby project. I mean everything worx alright, the system is very mature. But only in its own suspicious ways, know what I mean? And it’s not very well sorted, softwarewise. Lemme find a video I watched yesterday, where our friendly friend Matt Hartley had the same hunch about Freespire’s background.
I guess some more testing is in order. Otoh I’m running my own super fast and oldschool bareboney Mate install on ArchLinux. That’s where I’m at home. Why should I deviate from my course? Freespire should give me a very solid reason to do so. But does it?
Oooh, look what I just found. Seems like I’ve watched this vid already before, back in the olden days of November 2019, even left a commentary in the same tone as most of the others …