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 freespire.org 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

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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.

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  • Ryan

    I religiously and zealously assert that Michael Robertson is full of it. :)

    I’ve used Red Hat Linux, Mandrake/Mandriva, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Gentoo.

    Just for the hell of it, I tossed Freespire 2.0 on a laptop that was a few years old and it wouldn’t recognize _ANYTHING_, much like when I kicked around the free copy of Linspire 5 I got a spammed coupon for.

    *spire is the most broken Linux I’ve ever seen.

    One deficiency of *spire is that software, codecs, and drivers are not only easier to get in Ubuntu, the whole smash is _free_

    Linspire _never_ supported anything except Michael Robertson’s outlandish lifestyle and extravagant houses and vehicles, it was a rapacious shark swimming around trying to gobble up open source projects and turn them into products.

    The eeePC is overrated.

    And he ends without telling anyone who actually bought a copy of Linspire what their future upgrade path is going to be, or when they can expect it, after sucking up to the CEO of Xandros which just bought Linspire for pennies on the dollar.

    Anyway, it’s funny to see him spitting at free software, which is clearly the winner here, because Xandros isn’t far from bankruptcy themselves.

    Here sharky sharky……..