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Freespire 2.0 is built on Ubuntu 7.04 with proprietary software

Freespire 2.0Freespire 2.0, the free version of Linspire, is out. And unlike previous versions of Linspire and Freespire, which were built on Debian, Freespire 2.0 is built on top of Ubuntu. (Which, for those keeping track, is based on Debian).

But that doesn't mean Freespire will look or act just like Ubuntu. Freespire 2.0 uses the KDE desktop, which looks a bit more like the Windows and Mac desktop interfaces. Of course, you can also install Kubuntu, a version of Ubuntu that uses KDE, but Freespire's got a few other tricks up its sleeve:

  • Proprietary software like Java, Flash, and Adobe Acrobat are included.
  • Proprietary drivers are included for graphics, WiFi cards and other hardware.
  • Proprietary codecs for listening to MP3s, Windows Media, and other file formats are included
  • The CNR Plugin provides free access to open source and commercial software.
Open source purists may want to steer clear of Freespire 2.0 for its liberal use of closed source, proprietary software. But it looks like the operating system may hit that sweet spot between free and functional.

[via CyberNet]

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