Open-Source Guru Eric Raymond Joins Freespire Board

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-09-26 Print this article Print

One of open source's founders throws his weight behind Freespire and the concept that Linux desktops need to include some proprietary software and support for proprietary hardware like iPods. (

In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond—one of the co-founders of the open-source movement—will become the newest member of the Freespire Leadership Board on Sept. 27. Raymond, perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the Open Source Initiative and author of such seminal open-source works as "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," has recently declared that if the Linux desktop is ever to grab a large share of the desktop market it must do it soon or it will never happen. Click here to read more about Linspires Freespire 1.0.
Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms.
He believes the PC vendors embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which, if missed, may not come along again for many years. Linspire is now offering its CNR (click-and-run) software delivery service free to its Linspire and Freespire Linux distribution customers. Click here to read more. To make that happen, Raymond said at the 2006 San Francisco LinuxWorld, no matter how painful it may be to some free software purists, Linux must support popular proprietary software such as Windows media files, as well as proprietary hardware like Apples iPod. Just before this, Linspire had launched Freespire. This Linux operating system is a community-driven Linux that gives users the option of combining free open-source software with certain proprietary codices, drivers, and applications. Read the full story on Open-Source Guru Eric Raymond Joins Freespire Board Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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