RIK asked me to post this information. He graciously sent me a copy of Linspire 5.0.59. Below are are comments from an email that I sent to rik.
Originally Posted by efc
I have spent several hours with it. Hard to believe but I find myself with just enough linux knowledge which makes me think it is not the version for me.
It was easy to install and start using. There was a little hide-and-seek within the desktop layout in finding things, but that is true with all versions. My biggest problem was that you very quickly run into a requirement for money to gain a real test of CNR. The $19.95 isn't a lot of money, but I hate to pay it when it is unlikely to be the version that I finally settle on.
It was easy to install and start using.
It is a pretty version. I really liked the way it looked.
It is slower than most other versions that I have tried.
CNR proved hard for me to set up and use.
I would recommend it to people that are new to linux. Once installed, should be quickly able to accomplish most tasks.
At this point, I still prefer XandrOS. It is almost as easy to update and install software using XandrOS and so far, every package that I have installed worked.
I am going to keep Linspire installed for a while. It needs a more thorough test than I have given it so far.
Thanks for sending it to me.