It’s too early to say whether or not Freespire can be the king of newcomer-oriented distros; a few weeks of usage will be needed to determine the its stability and see if any problems crop up. Nonetheless, it certainly offers the best out-the-box experience of any free-as-in-beer distro we’ve seen, and could genuinely open up Linux to a wider audience. Without doubt the codec support is the most notable feature, but the clean K menu and single app-per-task selection also contribute to a very approachable desktop.
The only thing that they really criticize is that Freespire takes twice as long as Ubuntu to boot-up on the same computer. That is a little depressing but Ubuntu does startup remarkably quick. If you haven’t given Freespire a whirl yet there is no better time than the present…so go try it.