Saturday, January 20, 2018

Linspire Embedded and Linspire in the cloud

Many people have asked what is the difference between Linspire Embedded and Linspire Cloud.  Today we are going to go over the differences between these two.  First we are going to answer the question of; Why multiple editions of Linspire?

The reason why there are multiple editions of Linspire is very simple.  People use devices in different ways.  For general desktop users there is one choice: Linspire 7.0.  There is no Home, Pro, Ultimate or Enterprise.  There is one release for all.  If the user needs more they can install more.  Also, its very simple there is no GNOME edition, KDE edition, LXDE edition, Mate edition.  We have a very consistent desktop experience across all devices.  Now, as for users having different needs lets take a look at two of the most inquired about releases of Linspire.

Linspire Embedded

Linspire Embedded is what we call a utility operating system.  This system comes with nothing outside of system utilities.  There is no web browser, there is no multimedia player and there are no games.  Who would want a system like that?  People who have specific needs such as running it on a router or network switch, Internet of Things devices, servers, clustering or terminal services.  There is also a higher security footprint.  Customers are isolated from software glitches in things like browsers and third party software that we dont develop or control.   Linspire Embedded generally runs in less than 1 gig of RAM and a vanilla install requires less than 5 gb of space.  Two of our clients for example.  One Auto Parts retailer uses Linspire Embedded to host their parts database and has the system installed on terminals and their only job is to look up part numbers and prices.  One of our school systems uses Linspire Embedded as a multimedia server and has it setup as a "studio" system.  With Linspire Embedded OEM's can also have a hand in whats included and we do have a couple of hardware manufacturers that use Linspire Embedded on dedicated usage scenario systems.  So Linspire embedded is not targeted towards general desktop use.

Now in contrast we have

Linspire Cloud

Linspire Cloud is basically an internet terminal.  There are very few desktop applications installed aside from Google Chrome, VLC and Skype.  Instead of traditional desktop apps, Linspire Cloud uses web 2.0 styled web applications.  Aside from Google apps, Linspire Cloud, like Linspire 7.0,  has been tested and works with:

  • Google Apps for Education
  • Google Apps for Business
  • Oracle Cloud
  • Microsoft Office Online
  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Microsoft Azure
  • SalesForce
  • SAS Web Applications
  • Sugar CRM
  • State and Federal web applications
  • TurboTax Online
  • H&R Block Online
  • IBM Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services

And many more.  Linspire Cloud is focused more on the education market, Law Enforcement Agencies who use web facilities, and medical facilities that use web based applications.  Linspire Cloud does offer the flexibility that users can also install whatever desktop based applications they want.  We target Linspire Cloud to schools, businesses and government agencies that want to repurpose old and aging hardware.  Many of the school systems we service use Linspire Cloud to repurpose older laptops for kids that are too rough on their Chromebooks.  They also use Linspire Cloud for older desktop systems to add additional life to them.  Linspire Cloud is often utilized for library workstations  and also for their older Intel based Chromebooks that are no longer updated by Google.  Many of the hospitals we service use Linspire Cloud in the emergency departments and in patient rooms to enter patient data, view instructions from attending physicians, and keeping with the patients care plan.  Linspire Cloud is a good multi-purpose OS for customers who have their heads and investments in web technology.

Now, we often get asked how do we compare to the two best known cloud service OS's, Peppermint OS and CloudReady, and both are fine OS's and have their strengths.  Peppermint OS is a community driven cloud service OS.  It uses much of the same technology as Linspire Cloud.  But, Peppermint OS is a community driven OS.  When you purchase a USB key with Peppermint OS you arent buying a product you are supporting that project and allowing them to further develop their project.  You are restricted to community support.  You are also restricted to, out of box, web apps that are compatible with Firefox.  With Linspire Cloud, you get a full service license meaning we provide the support and being as we come bundled with Google Chrome which many web apps are tested and certified against you have the same web app compatibility as ChromeOS.  CloudReady has a vast following.  For users who want a ChromiumOS recompiled OS.  CloudReady has many of the same and more flaws than ChromeOS.  CloudReady does not support the Android app infrastructure, CloudReady is basically a compiled ChromiumOS with Flash and Webvine plugins.  They use the same sources as ChromiumOS and do nothing to enhance compatibility.  They have no AMD support or its shotty on some systems, they dont support the current Intel Core line of processors and their BayTrail support is non-existent which is BTW the main processor used in many Intel based Chromebooks.  We did a test on NeverWare's CloudReady support.  We purchased a license and called in several support issues.  The common response time was three days, one support issue we didnt get a response for two weeks.  With Linspire Cloud and the rest of our product line we have a general 24 hour support response.  Sometimes our response is within just a few minutes.  Cost is also key, if your business or agency has 100 systems to repurpose you are spending $9,900.00 on CloudReady.  For Linspire Cloud an unlimited account, which means as many systems as you can and want to install on, costs $1,299.99.  For the CloudReady Education edition per device its $1,500.00 for a year per device for 100 systems.  For Linspire Cloud for Education facilities we charge only $699.99 for an unlimited support license for a year on unlimited devices.  On CloudReady you cannot install any application outside of the Chrome Web Store.  With Linspire Cloud you can install any Linux based application and any Wine supported Windows application.  We support more hardware that is commonly found in systems purchased by businesses and educational facilities and we have a much faster response time than some of our competitors.

So those are the differences between Linspire Embedded and Linspire Cloud and how we compare to some of our competitors.  We are fully committed to bringing you the best of breed experience and support among all of our product line.  From general desktop computing to specialized services.

Wine 3.0 Released

Today the Wine team has released version 3.0 which is a major milestone for running Windows apps on Linux.  To update Wine on Linspire just run your system updater and it will update to version 3.  What are the changes to Wine 3.0 here are some highlights

System now reports as Windows 7
Direct3D 10 and 11 support.
The Direct3D command stream.
The Android graphics driver.
Improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support.

A more detailed release notes can be found here.

If you want a distro that has Wine 3.0 pre-loaded and ready to go you can purchase Linspire 7.0 from our webstore

Friday, January 19, 2018

Linspire and Freespire forums now open

We have created the community forums for Linspire and Freespire.  We encourage community involvement and we welcome your voices.  There are a couple of rules.  No bullying, no profanity, no wars and be constructive and a good citizen.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Linspire 7.0.1 and Freespire 3.0.1 Released - Meltdown and Spectre fix

This morning we have released Linspire 7.0.1 and Freespire 3.0.1 .  With this release we have addressed the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel Processors.  We have included no new features.  We have applied the fixes to:

Linspire 7.0.1
Linspire Cloud 7.0.1
Linspire Embedded 7.0.1
Linspire HPC 7.0.1

To apply the fix simply run your system updater and the fix will be applied.  If you wish to download a new ISO of Freespire you can download it here:

Linspire customers will be provided with a download ISO of Linspire 7.0.1 upon request.

Thank you

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Release Roadmap for Linspire and Freespire

Today we are releasing the release schedule and roadmap for Linspire and Freespire.  These dates are not set in stone and there may be some alterations due to holidays and development mishaps.  While the Freespire beta's will be available publicly the Linspire beta's will be available to subscription holders and insiders.

January 15, 2018 - Linspire HPC 7.0 Major release

April 2, 2018 - Freespire 3.0.8 Incremental Release

April 29, 2018 - Linspire 7.0.8 Incremental Release

June 1, 2018 - Freespire 3.5 and Linspire 7.5 Major Release

July 1, 2018 - Freespire 4.0 "Albacore" Beta 1 Major Release

August 17, 2018 - Freespire 4.0 Beta 2 "Albacore" Incremental Release

September 9, 2018 - Insiders Only - Linspire 8.0 "Albacore" Beta 1 Major Release

October 1, 2018 - Freespire 3.5.1 and Linspire 7.5.1 Incremental Release

October 31, 2018 - Insiders Only - Linspire 8.0 "Albacore" Beta 2 Incremental Release

December 12, 2018 - Freespire 4.0 and Linspire 8.0 Major Release

December 31, 2018 - Linspire HPC 7.5 Incremental Release

New Web Address for Linspire

Today we have published the new web address and page for Linspire.  We will have a ton of information available here for customers, new customers and users alike.  If you have any questions or information please contact