Message From Michael Robertson Of Linspire

I don’t know how many of you received this email from Michael Robertson of Linspire, but I thought I would share this with you:

Xandros buys Linspire

by Michael Robertson

July 2nd, 2008

This week Xandros Inc. is buying Linspire. Xandros has done more than any company to put Linux in front of users by powering the innovative eee PC so I’m excited to see the Linspire, Freespire and CNR technology go to a worthy competitor. Linux is going through some healthy and necessary consolidation which will give resulting companies greater assets and size to deliver on larger initiatives so Linux can touch more people.

I started Linspire several years ago to bring desktop Linux to the mass market and some much needed competition for Microsoft. To accomplish this we made an easy to use Linux without the religious zeal and crazy terminology which spooked new users. Non-technical people could install it in about 5 minutes on common PC hardware and have it immediately be on the Internet, playing videos, music, etc. (The 5 minute install is still an impressive achievement – checkout to witness it.)

One deficiency of Linux is that it’s difficult to find and install new software. To address this shortcoming, Linspire built CNR Technology which I’m more excited about than ever. CNR is a marketplace where users can browse for software programs (free and commercial), download and install with a single mouse click. More than 10,000,000 Linux software programs have been installed via CNR which now works for Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux versions. New systems like eee PC need CNR which is why Linspire marrying Xandros makes sense.

I’m proud of what we tried to accomplish at Linspire. We spent considerable money and supported important initiatives like Mozilla, KDE, Wineconf, Gaim (Pidgin), Nvu, Debian and more. Although there’s a loyal Linspire and Freespire audience there’s no denying we did not succeed in bringing Linux to the masses as we intended to do. Even with Ubuntu’s success, Linux on the desktop is still the domain of software engineers and technical people.

Over the last 2 years, I have come to know Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos. He’s an impressive businessman with considerable success. Most impressively he came from the humblest of beginnings as a Greek immigrant unable to speak the language. Now he’s running Xandros. He’s shared with me his grand plan for Xandros — it’s ambitious and goes far beyond the operating system to applications and management. I’m confident that Andy will lead Xandros to success and that is why the sale of Linspire makes sense. I believe Xandros will maximize the value of Linspire’s brand, engineers and technology such as CNR.

–Michael Roberston

To discuss this topic with others, click here!

First of all this is an extremely careless way to say goodbye to those Linspire users who have supported the company. Second the link ‘click here’ takes you to a forum site  with postings between 2004 to 2006. It has nothing to do with this message. Seems like he wrote this message while on his way to the bank to cash his check. :-)

What do you think?  Was this a kick in the butt to loyal Linspire users?

How will this affect the Linux community?

Comments welcome.

Linspire Bails Out – Sells Assests To Xandros

What some are describing as a secret back door deal, it seems that Linspire may have sold out to Xandros, according to a memo sent to shareholders. It also seems that some people are not to happy in the way the deal was made, which appears to have been behind closed doors. According to an article by Kevin Carmony, he states:

Today, as a Linspire shareholder, I received the below “memorandum” from Linspire. I have confirmed with several other Linspire shareholders that they too received this same notice.

In classic Michael Robertson form, he has once again completely disregarded the 100 some-odd shareholders of Linspire by pulling off this deal without a shareholder meeting. Most states require shareholder approval of any merger or reorganization of a corporation, or the sale or transfer of all or substantially all of the corporation’s assets. Regardless of state laws, common decency would dictate that even if a company only has 1 minority shareholder, there should be a shareholder meeting and the acquisition explained to all shareholders. What do Linspire shareholders get in place of a shareholder meeting? This completely worthless notice in the mail.

It is going to be interesting to see what action, if any, the sharholders decide to take. If they file a law suit the deal could be placed on hold for some time. Or they may just decide to let the deal go through, lick their wounds, and move on with life. Only time will tell what action takes place.

What do you think of the Linspire deal?

Comments welcome.


Linspire – It’s Been Fun Over The Years

Today I received news from a media contact of mine that Linspire has been purchased by Xandros, the company best known for Linux on the ASUS Eee. While this may be sad news for some, I do not think the ripples are going to be felt by anyone in the Linux community for a variety of reasons I am not going to get into.

A blast from Pirillo’s past.

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Lockergnome’s own founder is seen in the video above talking about the Linspire (then Lindows) notebook that was really gaining a lot of press at the time. Back in those days, the Linux landscape was so very different and there was no question that Linspire was a serious player.

Linspire the way they were.

For me, my first experience with Linspire comes from their release of version 4.5, best highlighted in this Flash video. Yes, seriously doubt Linspire is even aware this video still exists on their servers – good thing my bookmarks are quite old as is my memory of their product.

While the video was fun and did express what Linspire was providing at the time, it was not perhaps as “professional” as some users might have liked. Speaking for myself, I was always fond of it because it was just so off-the-wall.

Linspire 5.0 – so very close at the time of release.

As you can see from this Flash video, the approach taken by Linspire was a bit more feature oriented and less about the silliness of videos past. Featuring really great items such as an anti-virus for Windows partitions and SurfSafe content filtering for the kids, this was by far their best release to date.

Here is where things get sticky. With the exception of issues with the JACK sound server, this was and in my opinion, still is the best release to date. Other issues I struggled with at the time included a lack of Bluetooth support and an up to date hardware compatibility list.

Now these days I realize how silly this must seem. Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS among others have made much of this stuff a thing of the past. But at this time, the options for newbies were generally Xandros, Linspire and Simply Mepis. They key again at this time was a Debian Linux base. This changed for two of these three companies when they opted to go with Ubuntu.

Linspire 6.0

Simply Mepis took a quick dip into the Ubuntu waters and soon went back to the Debian pool due to the ongoing issues with stability. Linspire on the other hand, opted to make Ubuntu the base of their Freespire/Linspire releases. This could certainly be fine by itself with the exception of one very real issue. I honestly never really got the benefit of the new release over the older one? Again, I am going to tread lightly here as not to offend anyone, but Linspire 6 was really not giving the user anything that they did not already have from the end user’s perspective.

And today, Linspire is no longer a stand alone company. If this works out for Linspire, then I am thrilled for them. But I am always reluctant to accept change in the constants in my life. And I will be honest, Linspire is something I have been watching and participating with since the beginning. So this is going to be really weird for me.

My past suggestion to Linspire was to make support services available to existing distros. Perhaps this is what is going to end up happening after all. It should be interesting if nothing else.

Linspire Changes CNR Policy

For those of you who use Linspire, Freespire or Ubuntu versions of Linux, you should be aware of changes that are happening on the CNR website.  Effective March 10th, 2008 only the following versions will be updated – Freespire 2.0. Linspire 6.0 and Ubuntu versions 7.04 and 7.10. In the alert from Linspire it further states:

We know you will have a number of questions regarding the new CNR Service and we will try to address them here:

1. When is the legacy CNR Warehouse closing?
The legacy CNR Warehouse will be closing on March 10th, 2008 at midnight.

2. Why is the legacy CNR Warehouse closing?
The version of PHP on is being updated and doesn’t warrant the effort required to modify the legacy CNR Warehouse, when the effort can be better used in support of an improved The ultimate goal is to give you a better user experience at

3. Will my Linux operating system work with the NEW CNR Service?
The new CNR Service currently supports the following Linux distributions:
Freespire 2.0,  Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10.

4. What will happen to all my software that I have installed with the legacy CNR Warehouse?
Your CNB software will show up under your new CNR Account however, you will have to re-install them and unfortunately, if you had a CNB that is no longer supported on the new, you will not be able to retrieve it. This will affect only a handful of software. We are currently working on discounted upgrades to make the transition smoother and will let you know as soon as they are available.

This may be a good time to upgrade your linux distribution to the latest version.

Comments welcome.

Full Linspire article is here.

[tags] linspire, freespire, ubuntu, cnr, update, changes, march 10,2008, [/tags]

Sub $200 Linux Computer At Sears

Sears is now selling a sub $200 computer complete with Linspire Linux for a price of $184.95 after a $100 rebate. The system, minus monitor, comes with the following spec’s:

Intel Celeron D 420-1.6Ghz 1GB RAM 80GB HD CDRW Freespire-Linux OS

This Mirus desktop computer comes with $100 Mail In Rebate. System includes Intel Celeron D 420-1.6Ghz processor, 1024MB RAM of memory, 80GB of hard drive, CD-RW optical drive, Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse, 56K Modem, Ethernet, 15-in-1 Memory Card Reader, Fr

Linspire along with Mirus have joined forces to present this low end computer system at an affordable price. The Linspire 2.0 operating system also comes with CNR [Click-n-Run] technology that makes updating the OS easy.

Comments welcome.

Sears computer offering is here.

[tags]linux, linspire, mirus, computer, sub $200, rebate, sale, sears, low-end, cheap,  [/tags]


ajaxWindows – The Future Is Now

Michael Robertson over at Linspire has something new up his sleeve that might be worth taking a look at. Called ajaxWindows it is basically an operating system of sorts that runs right through your browser. Though the site states it runs best in Firefox, Michael says that IE will work also. So what really is ajaxWindows? He describes it as:

The web browser functions as both the operating system and engine for all of the ajaxWindows applications.

When you set up an ajaxWindows computer you’ll have the ability to sync essential data from your existing computer to create your virtual PC in it’s likeness. Core information like documents, bookmarks, contacts, wallpaper, and even your music can be copied to your ajaxWindow’s computer. This is a handy way to backup your files even if you’re not interested in a virtual computer.

You will also be able to completely customize ajaxWindows. For instance you can select the default search engine, homepage, and webmail you prefer. My goal is to have a desktop experience that lets you combine the best of all net resources into one seamless experience.

With the addition of one last statement that I believe is directed at Microsoft:

The real advancement here is reshaping the concept of a desktop operating system and software simultaneously. For some this will be a bit scary, but this type of web-based, service-oriented model is the way of the future. We may wake the giant, but we’re ready.

Well Michael I can see one problem already. You used the word ‘windows’ and MS isn’t going to like that at all. Don’t you remember when they sued and won when you called your Linux distro Lindows? :-) May I suggest using something like ajaxLinspire.

I can see many great possibilites for using a browser based OS only for routine chores such as surfing the net and email. But I guess the one thing that worries me is how are companies like Intel, Microsoft, all of the OEM computer companies, parts companies and so forth going to react if all we are going to need is a dump terminal with a Internet connection?

What do you think? Is the time right or will this be squashed?

Comments welcome.
More information can be found here.

PS I went to sign up for an account and I couldn’t. Also the demo wasn’t working as well.

[tags]ajaxwindows, internet, operating system, linspire, microsoft, intel, [/tags]

Linspire 6.0 – Time To Reconsider?

There are a lot of changes coming to the Linux world these days, perhaps the one not receiving as much fanfare as I would have expected is the release of Linspire 6.0. Now I realize that Freespire 2.0 is just around the corner and I am still mulling over my feelings over Linspire having made their deal with Microsoft over the alleged patent protection, despite the fact that I have still not seen ANY proof from Microsoft short of their claims.

With all of that said, I still support elements of what Linspire stands for and last time I checked, I am still considered an ‘insider’ with their behind the scenes access, be it nothing I can publicly share due to a loosely stated NDA agreement. Today I willfully am supporting them for one reason – the legitimacy here in the States for the Linux desktop. Even though many of the patents allegedly being violated according to Microsoft have yet to be proven publicly, there is no question that here in the States where IP laws are very strict, using Microsoft codecs and fonts with other Linux distributions and through Automatix is breaking US law – period. I hate it as much as the next guy, but this is a fact. There are IP claims that Microsoft have made public in the past, in addition to other patent holders.

I choose to continue running my Ubuntu desktop and supporting open source media formats on it such as OGG Vorbis and OGG Theroa. And because it will indeed be Linspire, not Canonical alone that will help the US user with the complex and painful issue over the legality of using restricted codecs and fonts on the Linux desktop, I am beginning to review their CNR appliance again.

Why? Because here soon, they will be making legal access (again, in the US) to restricted codecs and fonts for the end user. And here in the states, this is badly needed for anyone looking to seriously OEM these machines to anyone other than those willing to illegally download restricted codecs. Linspire and I have not always seen eye to eye. I have given this some thought, finding myself willing to give this a fresh look considering no one else has actually offered any solution short of the anti-patent approach seen with other distros which is ‘cute’, until you attempt to sell machines with these things installed here in the US of A. Linspire, I am willing to start fresh, I will be reviewing your distro here in the next few days. Watch for it in Google Blogs/News. From there, I will be reviewing your new CNR appliance on Ubuntu once it goes live as well.


Surprise! Linspire To Sell Linux Based Computers At Wal-Mart

This is hot news according to some Web sites that Linspire is going to sell Linux systems at Wal-Mart. SURPRISE! Linspire has been doing this since about 2003. In fact if you check the partners page on the Linspire Web site here, you will see that Linspire boxes can be purchased from some of the largest retailers available in the US.

The other BIG SURPRISE is that the Linspire Linux laptops will be selling for about $400. WOW! What a deal! Of course what isn’t mentioned is that Circuit City ran a sale in select stores offering Acer laptops for $399.00 after a $250 off instant rebate. I’m not sure exactly which stores were offering this, but I got a call from my bother-in-law who was visiting family in Texas. He was at a Circuit City store in Plano, TX., and was buying the $399 special Acer for his grandson. The sales clerk was trying to sell him some upgrades and he wanted my advice.

When you compare computer systems, whether they be Linux or Windows based systems, we are all aware that for $399 you are getting a computer that is not going to have the latest and greatest hardware. In fact, I was reluctant to comment as to whether the purchase of this particular Acer was a good deal or not. Why? Because I knew the financial situation and granddad was trying to help his grandson and, after buying a case plus taxes, would cost him $500 out the door. $500 that he and his wife could have used since they are retired.

The main reason I wrote about this was that when Vista first came out, there were plenty of comments about the cost of Vista. Also, since Vista was expensive, the days of the el cheapo computers were over. Contrary to this popular opinion, this has not been the case. Yes, these $399 specials are not feature-rich, but they are running Vista Basic. Even Home Depot has an el cheapo Toshiba laptop for $349 after rebates. Of course I like the $250 instant off a lot better than trying to collect on a $200 mail-in rebate. :-)

Comments welcome.

[tags]linux, microsoft, vista, linspire, computers, laptop, desktop[/tags]

Linspire CEO Justifies Microsoft Partnership

Linspire CEO and President Kevin Carmony is his latest newsletter explains his companies position in forging a deal with Microsoft. One of his statements in his newsletter was:

Saying that Linux is going to be torn in two, makes for good press and lively debates, but this is certainly nothing new for Linux. There are far more material splits today in the Linux world, such as Debian vs RPM, KDE vs GNOME, Distro A vs Distro B, and so on. These divisions are quite material, and dilute significant energy and efforts across competing standards. However, we accept this as the price we pay for freedom of choice.

In previous articles I have written I have mentioned this very same thing about the amount of distributions and lack of a general direction for Linux. Freedom of choice is one thing. But having people writing Linux versions by the hundreds seems to me as counter productive.

If all of these people put their minds together and worked on a single Linux distribution, I am sure they would be able to come up with a version that would knock Windows for a loop. I went over to DistroWatch and took a look at the stats and there are 358 versions of Linux they show on their site here. After you get past the first 50 or so, the remaining 300 just muddy the waters. How much different can these 300 be from each other?

I don’t believe that the bottom 300 need to wait by their phones for Microsoft to call and wanting to cut a deal. :-)

You can’t divide the Linux community any further since it is already divided by 358 times.

That’s my 2 cents. What do you think?

Full newsletter here.

[tags]linux, divided, microsoft, linspire, [/tags]

Can Linux Survive?

As I recently posted, Linspire has now become the third company to make a deal with Microsoft in what is alleged to be in the spirit of cooperation between the two companies. This week at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. some 150 Linux fanboys meet to discuss what direction Linux should take to stop this attack by the worlds largest software giant. These discussion revolved around whether the Linux community should fight Microsoft are just ignore it. Also discussed was whether the newly proposed GPL3 licensing would be enough or if more drastic measures would be needed to guarantee that Linux will survive.

You may also recall that Linspire and Ubuntu have recently joined forces as well. In another twist the founder of Ubuntu also has stated that he personally felt that the original deal made between Microsoft and Novell would work well and there was nothing to be feared by the deal. In view of this opinion and with Linspire joining with Microsoft, I would suspect that Unbuntu may be next to sign up also. It is hard to predict what other Linux distributors may be waiting in the wings and who also may be considering joining in with Microsoft.

The CEO & President of Linspire brought up an interesting fact that I vaguely recalled that occurred back in 1997 when Apple and Microsoft signed aan agreement of cooperation. In that deal Apple received an estimated $150 million in green backs to support their ailing company. The joke at the time was that Bill Gates had merely taken the pocket change he had laying on top of his dresser and gave it to Apple. :-) It more likely was that Microsoft wanted Apple to stay afloat since Microsoft was selling Apple versions of its popular Microsoft Office product and would recoup the investment in a relatively short period of time. Whether this was true or not is unknown.

The anti-Microsoft crowd may see this latest venture of Microsoft inking deals with Linux distributors as a way for the boys in Redmond to stem the popularity of Linux. It could also be argued that this is a way for Microsoft to avoid costly litigation in trying to enforce the alleged 235 patent violations that Microsoft says Linux violates. I believe that Microsoft knows that some of the alleged patent violations could actually bite back at them in light of the recent opinions by the US Supreme Court concerning software patents.

Another theory could be that Microsoft knew that with the introduction of Vista, which needs super strength hardware, that some folks would opt to use Linux on their older machines to avoid the high cost of upgrading. Some of the newer versions of Ubuntu and Kubuntu perform very well and the learning curve for Window users has been reduced. One could also theorize that Microsoft may be developing their Office line of products to work with Linux.

So what do you think? Can the Linux community stop the perceived threat to Linux?

Comments welcome.
[tags]linux, microsoft, linspire, threat, [/tags]

Microsoft Will Help Deliver A Better Linux – So Says Linspire CEO

I must admit when I read the title of a recent newsletter by CEO and President of Linspire, Kevin Carmony, I was somewhat surprised. He even states in his newsletter that some readers may be shocked by the title ‘Microsoft Will Help Deliver A Better Linux’. OK. So this is what he says:

The title of this week’s Linspire Letter will perhaps surprise many of you, but I can assure you, it’s quite true. Let me explain…

As most of you know, Linspire has a long tradition of working with hundreds of software developers and vendors, both opensource and commercial, in order to bringas many choices as possibleto our users. For example, in our efforts to provide a “better” Linux, earlier this year we announced our partnership with Ubuntu, leveraging their exceptional work with open source Linux. We have also entered into agreements with dozens of commercial companies to offer our users choices with proprietary software, codecs and drivers. Linspire has always offered as many choices as possible, and then we let the user decide which software options are right for them.

Today, Linspire announced our latest partnership, one with Microsoft, to bring even more choices to desktop Linux users, and together, offer a “better” Linux experience. Just as Steve Jobs announced in 1997 that “the era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over,” I too believe it’s time for Linux to do the same. Rather than isolating Linux, I believe we need to understand, as Apple did in 1997, that Linux exists in an ecosystem and must work with and interoperate within that ecosystem. As unpopular as it may appear to some, Linspire is willing to take a lead in this effort. Some people booed Steve Jobs back in 1997, but if you trace the history of his announcement, I think it was an incredibly smart move for both Microsoft and Apple, issuing in a new era for both.

Though I respect Mr. Carmonys view point, it seems to me that this is like putting the cat in with the canary. When we were kids we all knew the kid who loved to throw sand in other peoples faces while playing in the sandbox. Microsoft reminds me of that kid. Though Apple and Linux may want to play well with others, MS doesn’t have a reputation of doing this. I wish Lispire well in their venture. But I personally do not think this will benefit Linspire but Microsoft will reap the benefits for years to come.

What do you think? Will this relationship work?

Comments welcome.

[tags]linspire, microsoft, ubuntu, carmony, relationship,  [/tags]

Complete article here.

Zonbu: This Is What Linspire Should Have Been

Ubuntu and Linspire better be on alert: Zonbu is on the way.

Earlier today Chris received the Zonbu "Green PC" as part of a special beta program. The Zonbox is a small, noiseless machine running a customer Linux distribution. As Chris put it, "this is what Linspire should have been."

Zonbu says "being green doesn’t have to make you blue:"

Welcome to a new generation of environmentally responsible computing. Zonbu is ready to go right out of the box. All you need is a broadband connection. Nothing to install. Nothing to buy. Nothing but fun and foolproof ways to get more out of your digital life.

Zonbu is a compact, ultra low power mini with all the bells and whistles:

  • Intel-compatible ultra-low power CPU
  • 512 MB RAM + 4GB flash-based local storage
  • Graphics up to 1400 x 1050 (16 million colors). Hardware graphics and MPEG2 acceleration
  • PC-compatible ports for keyboard and mouse
  • 6 USB ports to plug-and-play all standard USB accessories
  • Broadband ready: 10/100MB Ethernet built-in

For $99 and $12.95 per month you get to run Zonbu. The monthly subscription fee gives you access to the Zonbu service, which includes updates to your drivers, applications, and OS. In addition to the automatic updates, Zonbu also encrypts and stores your information on a "disaster proof" backup server, so in case your Zonbox doesn’t work anymore you can still access your data.

It sounds really cool; what do you think?

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[tags]linspire, linux, zonbu, zonbox[/tags]

Linspire Offers Win4Lin Pro – Run Your Windows Apps On Linux

The folks over at Linspire are offering what they call Win4Lin Pro for those wishing to use Windows software on their Linux boxes. They also say that Win4Lin Pro is just a click away using their Click-n-Run technology that makes installation simple. I did note however that the Win4Lin Pro software carries a hefty $89.99 price tag. Ouch! Pricey. Linspire also describes the software:

Win4Lin Pro Desktop is the flagship product in the Win4Lin family of integrated Windows-on-Linux solutions.

Win4Lin Pro Desktop runs Windows 2000/XP applications as intended, without the need to patch the host operating system (e.g. no need to patch the Linux kernel). This next generation product is the perfect solution for the technical workstation, home, or enterprise Linux user.

  • Runs Windows 2000/XP Applications and Desktop on Linux at near-native speed
  • One-Click-2-Windows installation — the easiest way to install Windows on a Linux Desktop
  • Copy-on-write-snapshot mode which can prevent changes to the user’s virtual disk from being saved, denying viruses and other malware the ability to corrupt the user’s virtual system disk.

Having not personally tried any of the software that claim to support running Windows software on a Linux machine, I have no firsthand knowledge of how well this may or may not work. But Linspire does offer a 30-day money back guarantee if a user is dissatisfied with the Win4Lin Pro software.

Has anyone tried this type of software? Your thoughts on how well or not so well it worked would be appreciated.

Comments welcome.

[tags]linspire, linux, windows, [/tags]

An Alternative To Windows

Gnomie Bob Littell writes:

Chris, I fully sympathize with your frustration with Windows. I have felt this way about Microsoft since the mid-nineties. I heartily suggest you go to and test Linspire and its CNR (“Click and Run”) feature which automatically downloads many free and some “pay-for” applications and immediately installs the application for immediate use. You can set up this OS in a dual-boot configuration. You can also purchase a CDROM from which you can run the OS without ANY changes to your existing system.

Linspire has now setup CNR on a new Web site to allow this automatic feature to be used by other flavors of Linux. In my opinion, this is the most beneficial and inexpensive approach to computing. It needs more support from drivers such as yourself (presuming you agree).

Spreading the word as I type this, Bob!

[tags]Linspire, CNR, Click and Run, dual-boot, linux[/tags]

Feisty – Is It Worth The Upgrade?

I know, all the Linux world was supposed to be abuzz about the release of Ubuntu Feisty today and I suppose I ought to be excited right along with the rest of them. With the popularity being so great as to literally bring down to its knees and the “repos” being taxed to their limits, surely this should be reflected of how good this release is, right? Well, the jury is still out on this I think.

Sure, there have been some significant improvements made, but the concern over the legality and access to codecs for Linux distributions has left some people feeling wary. But with that said, there already legal options with easier to use legal options coming very soon now that Feisty has been released. The king of the options in my opinion for codec management will be coming from Linspire’s CNR.

So is Feisty all that it is cracked up to be? Well, I am running Edgy on my main desktop and will continue to evaluate Feisty on my notebook as time allows. For now, I am not recommending an upgrade to this version unless Edgy was not working for you in some capacity. Just like with any OS, if it works and there is no security given need to change, why complicate things with an upgrade?

[tags]decisions,Ubuntu,Feisty,Linspire,operating system[/tags]