Linspire review – running on a Koobox affordable PC

Koobox is carrying an interesting review today of the Freespire 2.0 release of Linux.

The tester installed in on some low-end PC hardware from Koobox which is based on a mobile Pentium chip (lower power, lower heat) and also uses an Intel 915 graphics chip (if it used a newer chipset like the 945 it would mean things like Compiz should work on it and the video challenges Zonbu has been wrestling with won’t be present). In fact, the MiniKoobox looks like Zonbu’s big brother, with a built in DVD drive and a faster processor (but less memory):

It’s a great review and it goes to show that there are many roads that will lead to the same place – affordable desktop linux running on low power devices…

Just the other day I was saying that Zonbu may want to approach Intel about spinning a platform similar to the current Zonbox but based on Intel (or AMDs) chipsets and graphics controllers. I think it would remove one of the few remaining complaints about system hardware, and may result in more firepower under the hood, which would remove my last remaining niggle.

You can read the full Freespire review at

-Mr. Zonbu


3 Responses to Linspire review – running on a Koobox affordable PC

  1. gary says:

    It’s too bad there are so many retard’s in the linux community when it comes to their views on linspire/freespire.

  2. aussiebear says:

    What do you expect gary?

    Linspire tried to turn a free software OS (Debian) into a commercial based subscription model. This turned out to be an utter failure in the face of distros like Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, OpenSUSE, etc. So they end up releasing their own free solution (ironically, based on Ubuntu)…Called Freespire. By that time, its too late, as Ubuntu picked up momentum.

    What made things worse was that they signed a patent covenant with Microsoft. This, to the eyes of the community, is a big betrayal that is totally unforgivable. (It clearly shows where Linspire’s priorities are…Make money at all costs).

    A key factor with opensource is the community. To do things that makes the community like they were stabbed in the back is highly detrimental in the long run.

  3. mrzonbu says:

    I have to admit I find the ferocity of the negativity towards certain distros really unnecessary and inexplicable. The last time I looked there was nothing inherently wrong with wanting to make money, and if the Linux user experience is improved in the process, then I’m fine with that. You don’t have to buy it if you don’t want to. No one is attacking you or forcing anything on you.

    Oh, and by the way, Microsoft does own some valid intellectual property that they deserve to be paid for when it comes to media formats. They did fund the development of those formats and they are good and valid formats that we all benefit from.

    I’m not sure where all the hate mongering comes from or why, or who the “retards” are that Gary alludes to. Linspire/Freespire have a place in the market, although I think that place is fading with the growth of Ubuntu. That being said, the lack of consistent and viable codec support, out of the box, in Ubuntu is still keeping it off many more desktops. In the same vein, the relatively complete codec support in this Zonbu makes it very compelling.

    Either way, enough of the bombastic comments about nothing. If you want to make a point, take a position, support it and defend it. Calling names serves no purpose and that kind of unjustified animosity helps give the Linux community a bad name in the eyes of “typical” PC users.

    -Mr. Zonbu

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