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Chances are that you think Linspire lets you run Windows applications, that you have to run it as root, and that it's really not quite a proper Linux. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. At LinuxWorld in Boston this week, CEO Kevin Carmony explained what Linspire Linux is, and isn't all about.
Carmony said that people are still getting these things wrong. Yes, in the beginning, Linspire had the goal of letting Linux users run Windows applications with WINE, but it dropped that theme years ago. As for requiring you to run as root, that was, Carmony said, only the case with an early alpha release that was never put in the public's hands.
As for not being a real Linux, that's nonsense, too. Linspire Five is a Debian-based Linux, and the company itself is a leading member of the DCC Alliance.
But Carmony does admit that Linspire is "something of a black sheep in Linux distributions."