For those of you not familiar with Linspire it is a distribution of the Linux Operating System. But it has one very important distinction from the rest, it is aimed at the end user who has little or no Linux experience. I took Linspire out for a test drive last week, and I have nothing but great things to say about it. For a user like myself this is the ideal Operating System, I primarily use my computer for Web browsing and word processing.
One aspect that I thought was wonderful is that Linspire has licensed technology from Microsoft allowing it to handle Windows media files, Flash etc. This has some Linux purists up in arms, but from my perspective this is a great move, I want ease of use and flexibility, and this is what Linspire delivers.

I had the opportunity to talk with Larry Kettler, President and CEO of Linspire about his product.

In the press release for Linspire 6.0 there was a claim made about speed, specifically the amount of time the average user would spend installing it. I popped the CD in, switched my rather old and tired computer on, and 13 minutes later I was online! How on earth do you do it that fast? The same hardware takes at least an hour to get Windows on it, and  to get Office and the rest of the nonsense that I like loaded makes for an all day adventure.

Linspire 6.0 combines the best of open source software using the popular Ubuntu distribution as its base line, and adds licensed proprietary software in order to provide users of all levels with the easiest and most dynamic desktop Linux experience available today.

How long have you been working on 6.0?

Linspire 6.0 is the first major commercial offering of our desktop Linux operating system in over two years.

I was most impressed with the speed and efficiency of your customer service department, some larger corporations could do well to follow your example. Can you tell us a little about your company?

Linspire is a privately held company that has been offering desktop Linux to the general consumer market place for over 6 years now. Our company continues to push the envelope and provide software and services to our growing customer base.

Obviously it is very early days for Linspire 6.0 but what kind of feedback are you getting from users?

I have spoken personally with a number of customers since the launch and they have consistently told me Linspire is the easiest to use, install and maintain.

What is next for Linspire?

Look for our service to be launched which provides desktop Linux users a free one-click software delivery service designed to standardize the process and eliminate the complexity of finding, installing and managing Linux software for the most popular desktop Linux distributions. Also in 2008 you will see new releases of Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0

A question for fun. I am sure that you get interviewed a lot, so I am equally sure that you get asked the same questions regularly, so here is your big chance to change that! What is the question you wish people would ask, but never do?

I wish we would get more questions that would help the Linux community understand that the market needs products like Linspire in order to reach mainstream adoption.

Thanks for taking time to talk to Blogger News, and good luck with Linspire.

Simon Barrett

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