Friday, January 11, 2019

Linspire and Freespire 2019/2020 Development Roadmap

Today we are releasing the Linspire and Freespire roadmap. This roadmap reflects development efforts and projected release dates.  There may be a few incremental releases to address security flaws, system bugs and functionality.  Every Service pack and incremental release will include a new ISO being issued as well.

February 21, 2019 - Linspire CE 8.0 Office 365 Edition
April 14, 2019 - Linspire Server 2019
July 14, 2019 - Linspire 8.0 SP1
December 1, 2019 - Linspire 8.0 SP2
December 31, 2019 - Linspire Server 2019 R2
January 15, 2020 - Linspire 9.0 RC1 (Halloween)
June 1, 2020 - Linspire 8.0 SP3
September 10, 2020 - Linspire 9.0 RC2 (Halloween)
October 31, 2020 - Linspire 9.0 RTM (Halloween)
November 1, 2020 - Linspire 8.0 SP4
 December 1, 2020 - Linspire Server 2019 R3

With Freespire our releases are a little different there is a new release every 6 months.

May 5, 2019 - Freespire 4.5
 November 15, 2019 - Freespire 5.0 (Coho)
 May 1, 2020 - Freespire 5.5
 November 27, 2019 - Freespire 6.0 (Lobo)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Linspire 8.0 Released

New year, New Linspire. Today our development team is pleased to bring you Linspire 8.0 - the latest and greatest Linux desktop distribution from PC/OpenSystems LLC showcasing the latest open source technologies to our users. We have toiled diligently over the past year to improve security, stability and functionality in our alternative to Windows 10, ChromeOS and macOS. Linspire 8 offers the choice of a full desktop environment, KDE and Mate are available, bundling productivity, full multimedia playback, audio and video production, games and productivity.

 We have listened to our customer base and preinstalled many applications our users utilize in their daily lives. With Linspire 8.0 there is very little package installation users will have to do after installation. The Minimal install is an ISO that installs a subset containing only a web browser, ideal for users who wish to create and deploy their own desktop systems and customize their application line-up. Linspire CE, Cloud Edition, targets customers who wish to completely embrace a cloud only or hybrid infrastructure - cloud based apps in tandem with locally installed applications. Linspire CE’s flexibility makes it the best-in-breed cloud operating system on the market today.

Linspire 8.0 is a continuation of the first commercial Linux desktop distribution that set the bar for open source desktop computing; it continues to set the bar today.

Linspire 8.0 contains the following features and enhancements

KDE 5.12.7
Mate 1.20.1
18.04.1 LTS Base
Google Chrome
Thunderbird e-mail and PIM suite
LibreOffice 6.1.3
VLC Video Player
Rhythmbox Audio Player
Skype KPatience
KDE Runtime
Microsoft Powershell
.NET Core Runtime
Oracle Java 10

 Full list of applications can be found here 

Linspire CE 8.0 has the following features :

Google Chrome
Geary mail client

Full list of applications can be found here 

 You can purchase Linspire 8.0 and Linspire CE 8.0 from our webstore or below. Purchasing the product entitles you to 12 months of updates in addition to 6 months of phone and e-mail support. Purchasing Linspire 8.0 gets you both the full desktop and minimal install ISO.

Linspire Support License
Install Media
Order Notes

Linspire Download Edition

 For commercial use of Linspire and deployment in your business contact

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Linspire 8.0 RC1 Released

Today we are pleased to release RC1 of Linspire 8. As we approach our December release, huge strides in stability and functionality have been made with the release candidate. Even so, it should be used for testing only, not on production systems


What we have fixed :

 1). Convertible PC docking issues - some users had reported that Linspire 8 tablets detached from the base would work correctly, but when reattached would no longer work. This particular bug has been isolated and fixed.

2). iMac Pro support - has been greatly improved. There were reports of installation issues on that particular model with the latest Linspire.

3). Gdebi - removed; the Linspire software center is fully capable of installing stand-alone packages. As always, power users can still install packages from the command line dpkg -i.

4). Oracle Java now in the repositories - Java 8 and 10 are available due to a bug with Netbeans. If you need Netbeans support you can install Java 8 which is required. Linspire Server 2018 r2 is the ONLY Linux server distribution offering Java as a pre-installed option.

 What we haven’t :

1). Pixelbook support - the RC is not quite ready yet; several lingering issues prevent clean installation.

2). Surface 6 support - not ready in time for the Gold release but possibly with Linspire 8 SP1, later next year. Some users have requested minimal install options.

We will be offering Linspire Core and Linspire together; when purchased, the customer will receive either two USB keys / two links to download. Linspire Core will only come with a Web browser and Cockpit preinstalled - no games, productivity apps or multimedia apps. These can be added through the Software center.

 Linspire 8 RC1 contains the following package improvements :

 Kernel 4.15.0-36
MATE 1.20.1
Libreoffice 6.1.2
Google Chrome 69
Audio - Video Player

 Linspire 8 RC2 will be released in November and will be more feature-complete.

You can download RC1 from here

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Linspire 8.0 Alpha 5 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the release of our newest test build of Linspire 8.0 Alpha which is our upcoming release.  Linspire 8.0 will come in a full desktop release, minimal install and our Cloud Editions.   Linspire 8.0 Alpha 5 is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.  Please keep in mind that this beta is a pre-release and NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PRODUCTION USE.

Linspire 8.0 Alpha 5 includes the following updated software packages:

XFCE 4.12.2
kernel 4.15.0-29
Google Chrome 68
Thunderbird 52.9 with lightning extension
Video Player
GNOME Documents
GNOME Photos
XFS support
JFS Support
BTRFS support
Software Center with SNAP and Flatpak support
OpenJDK 10

You can download Alpha 5 from our download location

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Linspire 8.0 Alpha 1 Released

Today we have released Linspire 8 Alpha 1.  This release is the beginning stages of our new Linspire release scheduled for a Christmas release.  This is a rudimentary build and some things may not work as intended so expect some bugs.  This release is NOT set in stone and you can expect numerous changes between now and final release.


Linspire 8.0 Alpha 1 has the following advancements

Ubuntu 18.04 Base
New GUI layout
kernel 4.15/0-23
Mate 1.20.1
Google Chrome 67
Thunderbird 52.7
LibreOffice 6.0.4
App Store with Flatpak and Snap support
Dark and light mode

You can download the Alpha from our download servers.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Introducing Linspire CE Office365

Today we are pleased to announce a new release for our Education and business customers.  Linspire 7.0 SP1 CE Office365.  Linspire CE Office365 is our release of Linspire CE (cloud edition) dedicated to Microsoft's online platform..  Linspire CE Office365 is available today from our webstore.

We are providing this release for education facilities and companies that have standardized on the Microsoft Office platform and who need a robust alternative operating system platform for collaboration with existing infrastructure and migration to the web and cloud storage hosting.

Linspire CE Office365 includes the following features from Linspire:

kernel 4.13.0-43
KDE Plasma Desktop environment
Google Chrome
The VLC media player
Biometric support

The following Microsoft app shortcuts are provided out of box:

Office365 console
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft OneNote
Skype Web
Microsoft Outlook

You can purchase this release from our online store 

More information is available from our live product launch which was recorded

If you have any questions contact:

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