Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Click 'N Run": the undiscovered country.

BIG news indeed!!

Linspire Does Away with Annual Fee for "Click 'N Run" Linux Service Its now a FREE software delivery service designed for Linspire users that makes it easy to install Linux software. This means that every Freespire user can now use CNR for absolutely no charge. Linspire now removed one of the last objections anyone could have to trying Freespire and CNR. To get the free CNR service, existing Linspire or Freespire users must create a new free CNR Service account.

Its the default way to install and update software in Freespire. It's a extraordinary invention. It allows the Freespire user to browse catalogs of software and install them by simply clicking on them. CNR is definitely the most easy-to-use software installation and maintenance framework on “ANY” operating system today. Every one who chooses to use it will love the tight integration with the Freespire interface. Other package managers on other desktop operating systems seem like an after thought.

For those who don't know...

CNR stands for "click and run".

  • With the CNR Service you can install more than 2,000 FREE Linux software titles direct from the CNR Warehouse - all with just a single click.

  • In fact, the CNR Service is the easiest way to install Linux software. Simply click the software you want and it installs on your computer and is ready to run.
  • And the CNR Service gives you more than just one-click access to tons of free software.

  • You also get a powerful, easy way to manage your entire software library. Like customizable aisles where you can install entire groups of software with a single click. Perfect for setting up a new computer!

Freespire 1.0 includes tailor-made versions of Firefox , Thunderbird and Gaim They all come with spell checking and translators baked in. OpenOffice 2.0.3 is also included. These customizations has made those software applications unmatched in free-as-beer distro world. Freespire also comes with software developed by Linspire such as Lsongs the ultimate all-in-one application. You can stream your favorite Internet radio stations with an its elegant drag-and-drop interface. With Lsongs you can Import and convert an hundreds of audio tracks from your CDs. .Lsongs displays artists, song titles and even CD cover artwork of your favorite music. You can even create CDs from your playlists without requiring additional CD-burning software.

Things like synaptic, adept or aptitude are not installed by default, by they are easily added through the use of apt-get.

Or install the klik. You can you can place its CMG (Compressed iMaGe) files anywhere on your computer and run it and it won’t interfere with your system files. No longer want the program, simply delete that CMG file. Its gone-no mess to clean up.

Linspire will release a new open-source CNR client in December as part of Freespire 1.1.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

HUGE Linux announcement. Stay tuned

From Freespire...

"Linspire will be making a HUGE announcement next week that will affect the Freespire project significantly. The announcement will be bigger than anything we have ever done to date, or perhaps will do for some time to come. This news will be significant not just to the Freespire project, but we believe,to the advancement of desktop Linux in general. Get ready for the big news!"

Some new killer app beyond belief? Like maybe windows media 11, DRM,or a contract with a “super major” OEM or a major third party retailer has promised huge retail space on the shelf next to MS Windows. These are things that would advancement of desktop Linux in general. The next thing it would be...that many ISVs have promised native Linux Desktop applications?

well see together... 

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Synaptic in Freespire.

 Advanced Packaging Tool or APT is a way to obtain free software packages from the Internet.

Apt-get needs to be updated all the time with the new applications being added regularly to the Repositories. To update apt , run the command from konsole:

sudo apt-get update

However If you have created the root account and using it in Freespire, you don't have to prefix sudo to the commands.

To install and application, for example frozen-bubble, enter the command from konsole:

sudo apt-get install frozen-bubble

If you need some thing a little bit more graphical try Synaptic, which is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+. It can Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages. It also sorts packages by name, status, size or version.

To install Synaptic in Freespire, execute the command from konsole:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Again, if have created a root account, you don't have to prefix sudo to the commands.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Programs worth a look


Thursday, August 10, 2006

My two cents on Freespire 1.0 Marlin

Welcome to Inter-City Linux:The Unofficial Freespire Blog at stlouisfreespire. Starting on August 7th, the final version of Freespire 1.0 became available. Freespire offers users the ability to choose what software they want installed on their computer, including third-party proprietary drivers, codecs, and applications software. This is not RC2 nor will there be a RC3. It's the real deal. Also available is the Freespire 1.0 OSS Edition, a special version of Freespire that does not include any proprietary software. This version can be used by those who wish to build upon Freespire, without any of the 3rd-party licensed components included in the core OS.

This is a pro LinspireFreespire blog, so yes we here like to see Freeware,
OpenSource and proprietary software mixed into a single pot. Freespire 1.0 Marlin is built around kernel 2.6.14, glibc 2.3.2 and 6.9.0. The desktop is made up of KDE 3.3.2, Firefox and 2.0.3. For software management, Freespire comes pre-installed with Linspire's CNR (Click and Run) technology, as well as the ability to freely use apt-get or Synaptic. The Freespire default web L-browser and email client is based on Firefox and Thunderbird getting things like n-line spell checking. In fact they have made so many enhancements and improvements to Firefox and Thunderbird, that guys at Freespire can't even call it "Firefox" anymore, its because of trademark issues.

Some users object to Linspire making it so easy for users to use proprietary software with open-source Linux. They argue that by making it easier for proprietary programs to be installed Linux, it will discourage open-source software development. Now lets face it, thats a load. Tell me, why is there a need for “Automatix” in Ubuntu? It's to make easier for proprietary programs to be installed in Ubuntu Linux. PClinuxOS has been doing this same very thing, as Linspire, for years, yet their (PCLinuxOS) never accused of being bad for the Open Source world. “Equipped not stripped” is how they sell themselves. “PCLinuxOS comes fully equipped with just about everything a desktop user would want in an operating system. Browse the web, send and receive emails, chat with friends on Yahoo, MSN, AOL and IRC. Play games, listen to music, share files, rip CDs and watch videos. You can also burn CDs, DVDs, import, view and edit pictures. Our office suite allows you to write letters, do spreadsheets,drawings and slide presentations. Everything you can do with that other OS you can do in PCLinuxOS without worrying about virus infections, adware or spyware.” Hypocrites. No one wants to talk about the fact that the vast majority of GNU/Linux users have some amount of non-free software on their systems.

Last week Novell has banned all proprietary software from their Linux offerings. Yes SLED 10 does ship with a complete slate of desktop applications, including the office productivity suite , the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, Evolution groupware client, Gaim instant messenger client and GIMP photo manipulation program. Yes in the default SLED 10 install you gets all the Firefox plugins for Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), RealPlayer, and Citrix. No you don't get the ability to play Windows Media video files through Firefox. What?
Something does not make since here. For the record Java, Flash, and Adobe Acrobat are non-OSS proprietary software apps. Hypocrites.

According to some Linux users,this kind of eazy use comes at the cost of discouraging vendors and developers from making open-source software. Free software is not the only good software. Adobe Reader 7.0 and RestoreIT are killer apps on Windows. I am glad that there are purist distributions all over the web, but I am also grateful for consumer products that provide a degree of freedom. Adobe Reader 7.0 and RestoreIT are not open-source software programs but their effective native Linux apps.
Others in the world of Linux can say what they want. Without a doubt Freespire certainly offers the best out-the-box experience of any “free-as-in-beer distro” on the web, and I believe will open up Linux to a much wider audience. It can't denied that codec support is the most notable feature.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Freespire _1.0.2. (non OSS)

Test system....

Asus P5RD1-V Motherboard.

on board: ATI Radeon X300
on board: Realtek ALC861 High Definition Audio 8-Channel CODEC

LG DVD/CD Rewriter

Pentium 4 (Single-Core) 3.2GHz

800MHz FSB

1 GB Ram

Note: On board sound does not work with Linspire Ver. 5.0.59. or 5.0.347.
Only Ver. 5.1.427 or above will work with the Asus P5RD1-V on board audio chip set.

Freespire _1.0.2. (non OSS) is a very well put together distro in RC status, that still has a few small bugs to work out. The cd gives you several options including installing Freespire, running the the cd as a LiveCD of Freespire, and using the cd as a partitioning tool.There is a lot installed, Openoffice, K3b, re-worked versions of FIrefox and Thunderbird along with Lphoto and Lsongs. KDE 3.3.2 is the only window manager installed, I hear there are many others are available via Apt, all of which is based on a 2.6.14 kernel.

For those who don't know, Freespire has gotten around the only user as root issue that has followed Linspire for a time now. You can now use sudo for root issues. If anyone wants to make changes to the root/user structure, the choice is still there. I personally am not a big fan of sudo, so that works out well for me.

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.