Since I needed a system to last until the Ubuntu 8.04 release, my search has landed me back at Freespire 2.0. The 2.0 version of Freespire is based on Ubuntu, which really was another reason that I wanted to try it. My first impressions of Freespire are simple: It’s not a bad system.
Everything works as it should, and the best part, you can clearly see the underlying Ubuntu system. The applications can be seen as built for Ubuntu, such as OpenOffice, which has the OpenOffice splash from Ubuntu 7.04. CNR updates itself, and there are proprietary media drivers preinstalled. Alright, so I could have installed the drivers from Fluendo, but it is far more convenient to have them preinstalled.
Firefox, which is called LBrowser in Freespire, gave me a bit of a scare at first boot:
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