Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Linspire Server 2018 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Linspire Server 2018 to the public.  Linspire Server 2018 is based on Ubuntu Server 16.04.  Linspire Server 2018 is a solution for medium to small businesses as well as education facilities.  Linspire Server 2018 is available today and will be free to download and use under a self support license.  Commercial support is available for customers who want that piece of mind.

Linspire Server 2018 boots by default into a customized XFCE environment for a GUI environment to ease the complexity for customers coming from Windows Server or macOS Server.  We use DWM as a secondary window manager and users can use the server as a command line only environment as well.

Some of the features of Linspire Server 2018 includes:

Kernel 4.13.0-41
Chromium 66
Web container technology for deploying web applications
Samba server
XFS support
JFS support

You can download Linspire Server 2018 from here


You can get more information about Linspire Server 2018 here

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Changes coming to Linspire and Freespire

Ok guys, some changes that we are making to Freespire and Linspire:

1. Dropping XFCE for Freespire. Freespire will only be delivered in KDE Plasma 5 going forward. It is by far the most popular desktop and has had way more downloads and usage. Linspire will continued to be offered in XFCE and KDE.

2. Linspire Server 2018 will be released next week. We had to work with multiple companies on the next issue. Linspire Server 2018 will be FREE to download and use under a self support license. Commercial support will have license terms as follows: Self support = free Commercial Support = $199.99 USD per physical server. $129.99 USD per virtual server. $79.00 USD for physical media, self support.

3. Linspire Server 2018 will ship with XFCE as the main GUI, and DWM as a secondary. Why a GUI? Many of our customers come from Windows and macOS Server products and we want to make it as comfortable as possible. You can still use it command line only as well.

4. We are currently in SP2 development. Some changes coming in SP2 include ENCFS Manager, Cantata as the audio player, Kmail replaces Thunderbird, we are adding the Spotify client. There are numerous under the hood changes which we will be discussing the closer we get to release.

5. Some have asked if we will offer a minimalistic version like Ubuntu does. The answer is, we already do. People who want a minimalist release of Linspire can use Linspire CE and add whatever apps they want whether they are cloud or traditional desktop apps

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Linspire 7.0 Service Pack 1 released

Today we are delivering Linspire 7 SP1 for general release.  With this release we have several fixes and changes that we have made to Linspire.   With this release we have resolved many of the issues that users had with our first release.  Linspire 7 is the only desktop distribution that is supported for 10 years on the desktop.  Linspire is deployed by many companies, government agencies and education facilities for their productivity, design and development workstations.

Resolved Issues

With this release we have resolved the following issues

Installer rebranded for Linspire
All Xubuntu and Kubuntu documentation removed
All Xubuntu and Kubuntu branding removed
iMac wireless and iSight camera drivers now included
Google Pixelbook support
Linspire Server Core 7.0 now supports many HPE, Dell and Lenovo server systems.

Features and Updates

Kernel 4.13.0-38
KDE 5.8.9
XFCE 4.12
LibreOffice 6.0.3
Google Chrome 65
Thunderbird 52.7
Ice SSB 5.2.7
VLC 2.2.8 (3.0 will be coming in our next update)
OpenBoard white board application
All Security updates until April 5, 2018


Linspire 7.0 SP1 is available today with KDE as our default desktop and XFCE for lower end and older systems.  To acquire XFCE place it in your order notes.

Linspire 7.0 is the most affordable desktop Linux distribution on the market,

Boxed set - $79.99 USD
Digital download - $29.99 USD

Linspire is also available preloaded on hardware.  Linspire comes with 12 months of phone and e-mail support and commercial support also includes remote service and on-site service.

All current subscribers and customers have received a download for the new ISO.


You can purchase Linspire from our webstore.


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions contact support@pc-opensystems.com or join our forums.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Enabling KDE Wallet

As many of you have noticed on our KDE desktop we disable KDE wallet.  While we have our reasoning why we do it many of our commercial customers use Kontact as their groupware suite.  The Kontact suite does need KDE enabled so in this tutorial we will explain how to enable KDE wallet.

1.  Open the Settings Manager

2.  Click on Account Details

3.  Click on Enable KDE Wallet

4.  After you enable Wallet click on Launch Wallet Manager

5.  When wallet manager launches click on Open; when prompted type in the password 'desktop' all lower case

6.  Next you will want to change your password.  Click on Change Password and choose a password of your own choosing

7.  When you choose your new password close the wallet manager, go back to the Settings Manager and click 'Apply'

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Microsoft Office Ribbon in LibreOffice

Many of our Black Lab and Linspire customers have asked us; Can you implement the Microsoft Office ribbon in LibreOffice? Well we did our research and LibreOffice 5.3 and 6.x have a "ribbon" type interface called the Notebook Bar.

 Here is how you enable it

To enable the Notebook Bar do this:

 Click on the menu Tools > Options Select ‘LibreOffice’ > ‘Advanced’ Check ‘Enable Experimental Features’ Press ‘OK’ Atfer clicking okay you’ll be prompted to restart LibreOffice (yep the app, not your PC) so that the changes you requested can take effect.

 Click ‘Restart Now’.

Once the suite pops back up you’ll instantly notice that things look no different to how they did before.

 Head to the new View > Toolbar Layout menu. libreoffice view toolbar layout menu You’ll see a set of 4 toolbar layouts in LibreOffice 5.3: Default (Classic Toolbar) Notebookbar Single Toolbar Single Toolbar + Sidebar.  Choose Notebook Bar.

That is how you enable the "ribbon" interface in LibreOffice.  This has been tested on Linspire, Black Lab, Linux Mint, Ubuntu and OpenIndiana.  We have NOT tested on Windows or macOS

Monday, March 19, 2018

Freespire 3.0.8 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of Freespire 3.0.8, the open source equivalent to Linspire OS, freely available to download and redistribute. Freespire OS 3.0.8 includes several bug fixes, application updates and usability changes requested by our users.

 One important change : KDE fans have requested it and now we have released an ISO featuring the KDE Plasma 5 desktop

Freespire OS 3.0.8 contains all previous bug fixes and system updates along with the following changes.

  • Kernel 4.13.0-36 
  • Chromium Browser 64 
  • Geary Mail Client (Thunderbird for Plasma) 
  • Remote Desktop access 
  • App Grid app store 
  • Calligra Office Suite (For Plasma) 
  • Abiword 
  • Gnumeric 
  • Clang compiler 
  • All security updates up to / including March 7, 2018 

Some corrected issues :

  • AMD proprietary installer - fixed 
  • System install from GRUB - fixed (although we do recommend installing from the live environment) 
  • Multimedia codecs can be selected in Ubiquity during the installation 
  • Replacement of the base_files issue has been resolved 

Some issues that we have run into but will be fixed at a later date.

  • KDE Plasma 5 ISO, the installer branding says Kubuntu 16.04 - we are working on a new system installer for all of our releases (not a pressing issue). 
  • All releases, when installing on a Mac if you have a removable drive i.e. flash drive or external hard drive connected, the installer will attempt to install GRUB on the removable drive. We are working on this issue - for now, disconnect all removable media during the installation. 
  • All releases. 2 TB HDD and larger won’t allow the system install, while we are working on a software fix, a temporary work around is to enter BIOS and disable RAID, and the system will install normally. 

Freespire 3.0.8 can be downloaded from our website; it will be available from Download.com in a few days. This posting will be updated at that time.





Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Freespire 3.0.8 and Linspire 7 SP1

On March 19, 2018 we will be releasing both Freespire 3.0.8 and Linspire 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1).  Both these releases address issues several users have had with both distributions.  These include stability, compatibility and usability.  These are out of our planned releases but the issues people were having make it a necessary update.

Both releases will have some fixes applied that affect both and we will also be including the following features in both releases.

  • Both will have all security updates rolled into them
  • AMD proprietary installer issue has been fixed  
  • An issue some users are having with sound output when resuming from suspend has been fixed.
  • VNC remote desktop will be included. 

Freespire 3.0.8 will also utilize the greybird theme as default to differentiate it more from Linspire.  We know how much people love greybird and we thinks its an awesome theme too.  Chromium will also replace Firefox in Freespire per user request.  All help documentation has been moved on to disk.

Linspire will have a ton of fixes and requests from customers and clients. 

  • NetworkManager will be expanded for VPN and SSH capabilities 
  • Mobile Broadband has been improved 
  • Prepaid monitoring app so users who use prepaid mobile broadband base stations with a GSM card can monitor how much time they are using and how much cash they are spending.   
  • Improved support for ACER Intel based Chromebases and have improved the functionality of those devices including an installer bug which claims you dont have enough space on that device.
  • ICE SSB 5.2.7
  • LibreOffice 6.0
  • GIMP will replace Kolourpaint

Linspire CE 7 SP1 will also include a number of fixes to refine the experience customers have with that release including

  • Removal of unneeded desktop applications
  • Improved Chromebook support
  • Improved interoperability with the Chrome Administration Utility
  • ebook manager
  • Improved stylus support
  • Per request from our law enforcement clients; improved bio-metric support
Linspire CE 7 SP1 when installed on Intel based Chromebooks will also work with the Chrome charging carts.  We will be offering a couple of cloudbook offerings and those as well will be compatible with the Chromebook charging carts

Hardware wise we are working on a HDMI stick type system for users to take with them to hotels and other uses.

Current users will be able to update their core systems with the Update Manager and ISO images of Freespire will be released and an ISO will be made available for subscribers