Monday, May 29, 2023

Linspire 12 Service Pack 1 Release

Today the Linspire development team is pleased to announce the release of Linspire 12 Service Pack 1.  Linspire is our premier commercial desktop Linux product for home users, small business users and freelance developers.  Linspire is a powerhouse for users who want a stable and easy to install release of Linux and is compatible with all types of hardware.  Our backwards compatibility with systems 7 years old and is supported on recycled or new modern hardware.  Linspire 12 SP1 is our latest improvements to the Linspire release.  As always we aim to create the best desktop Linux distribution on the market and we strive to continue that excellence.  While there have been many improvements under the hood one of the major changes you will notice is in the user interface.  While yes, the desktop environment that we use is GNOME many of our users and customers have told us that they want the more traditional user interface that is not so different from Windows 10 or Windows 11 and in this release we have delivered that.  You have your classic "dock" as well as "start" menu.  If you prefer the traditional GNOME 4 layout its easy to switch back.

As always we have also worked on security and reliability.  This release also fixes many of the core bugs that came about from our initial released.

Linspire 12 Service Pack 1 is not only for productivity its also built for anyone who produces or consumes multimedia.  With support for all multimedia codecs, you are unlimited in the formats you decide to use or consume.

Here is a list of some of the important changes:

  • Kernel 5.19.0-42
  • OnlyOffice 7.3
  • Etcher 1.8
  • Microsoft Edge Web browser 113
  • Thunderbird  102
  • Powershell
  • OpenJDK
  • .NET Core 7
  • VS Code 1.78
  • Powershell 7.3.4
  • Discover Software Store
  • Muon Package Manager
  • Flatpak

All security updates up to May 23, 2023.  For a full list of packages included you can read that here

There are many in the Linux community who have expressed concern regarding our use of Microsoft applications in Linspire.  These tools are provided for familiarity and ease of use.  We in NO WAY provide any information to Microsoft or any third party.  We do not provide customer data including 

  • System Specs 
  • Customer names 
  • Private Information 
  • Payment Details 
  • Contents of individual contracts
  • Technical support information

If you do not wish to use the Microsoft tools they are simple to remove and you can add any alternatives that you wish to use.

Current customers can perform a system update and get the new update.  If you need a new ISO please contact the support team.  New users can order the digital download below and/or physical media from our webstore

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Friday, March 31, 2023

2023 Tax Season with Linspire

Tax season is upon us folks once again, and this being our  7th year partnering with Turbotax and with H&R Block Linspire users can now prepare their returns effectively and efficiently.  Both applications have been thoroughly tested with the Linspire 12 and PC/OS OpenDesktop 22.04 so you can rest assured that all your preparation tasks can be completed.

Our Lead System designer and developer Roberto Dohnert had this to say, " Its that time of year again.  The complexity of these apps year after year grows with more amazing features; testing grows just as complex.  We have worked with these companies to standardize and improve their progressive web apps year after year.  We are very proud to work with these companies to make sure desktop Linux just works."


H&R Block

If you are still running legacy systems like Windows 8/10/11 on your PC or any Intel based Mac and would like to upgrade you can purchase Linspire here.

If your order the box set over the Digital Download in order notes type "TaxPrep" to ensure 48-hour shipping

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Linspire 12 Released

Today PC/OpenSystems is proud to release Linspire 12 our premier desktop distribution based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.  Linspire 12 is the culmination of a year long development effort, the continuation of our long-standing tradition: to release the best commercially supported desktop distribution on the market. Unlike our competitors, we focus exclusively on making Linux accessible to the desktop audience. This means: We don’t make a server build, add an email client, slap on an office suite, and call the end result a desktop distribution. Instead, we focus on 4 main features : productivity, multimedia, web and development. For these we maintain very close relationships with our partners and customers to ensure that we deliver a distribution tailor-made for their needs. From the desktop environment to the choice of user applications, PC/OpenSystems includes only what we feel is the very best . 

 Linspire 12 includes the following, preinstalled: 
  •  GNOME 42.5 
  • Microsoft Edge 110 
  • Thunderbird 102 
  • Balena Etcher 
  • Rhythmbox 
  • GNOME Videos 
  • GNOME applications suite ie clocks, maps, weather, calendar and calculator 
  • Drawing application 
  • Full multimedia codec support 
For developers we include: 
  • .NET 7.0 SDK and runtime 
  • Powershell 7.3.2 
  • OpenJDK 11 SDK and Runtime 
  • Clang compiler suite 
  • Flatpak support 
Linspire 12 has a 12 month paid support period and is renewable yearly. This release will be supported for a standard 7 year period. You can purchase a digital download or physical media below.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Linspire 12 Public Beta 1

As we approach our March 1, 2023 release date, the development team has received feedback from a few introductory alpha builds, and we are now ready to launch Public Beta 1 of Linspire 12.  Linspire 12 is Based on the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS code, Linspire 12 will feature GNOME 42.5 as its default desktop environment, with an optional KDE release arriving in the summer. Functionality and reliability were stressed, as Linspire is on 12 month release cycle. PC/OpenSystems has built a distribution which continues to be the intuitive, full-featured, high-performance Linux based desktop on the market. 

Linspire 12 PB 1 features: 

GNOME 42.5 
Thunderbird Mail 102.4.2 
Microsoft Edge Web browser 
All multimedia codecs for full playback 
GNOME Videos 
.NET 7 
OpenJDK 11 

KNOWN ISSUES: PC platform : no reboot message when install completes; post-install, you have to reboot manually. This may be due to the Plymouth splash manager, but the cause is still unknown, an issue we are working to fix. 
Macbook Air / Macbook Pro (Intel) platforms : touchbar does not work; only gives Function key functionality. When the charging cable is plugged into the Macbook the screen blanks, then wakes up when mouse is moved or keyboard input is used. 
Microsoft Surface Pro / Microsoft Surface Laptop platforms: none that the development team is aware of, since we don’t have the ability to test on that hardware yet. 
All platforms : when hooking up a secondary HDMI display there have been reports it will drop to 1024x768 resolution. Another issue the team is working hard to fix. 

Linspire 12 Public Beta 1 is available today for free for testing; it will only be available for download. Physical install media will be available upon general availability 


You can download it here: 

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Linspire 12 Public Alpha 1 Released

 Today we have released Linspire 12 Public Alpha 1.  This build highlights the newest LTS release.  This has been a longer release schedule then what we hoped for highlighting security and stability as Linspire will start to have a 12 month release cycle.

This release includes:

Linux kernel 5.15

GNOME Desktop


OnlyOffice 7.2

Microsoft Edge 108

The full suite of GNOME multimedia players

Known issues:

Branding incomplete

Issues with some Dell and Sony systems with UEFI enabled

Display backwards when using a HDMI mirroring device

Some issues when installing proprietary drivers the system locks up

You can download the release here:


Thursday, April 7, 2022

2022 Tax Season with Linspire

Tax season is upon us folks and with Linspire, you can now get your taxes completed effectively and efficiently.  This year like with the last 6 years we have worked with Intuit and H&R Block to make sure their customers can prepare their tax returns online with Linspire.  Both applications have been tested with the Linspire 11.5 and PC/OS OpenDesktop 20.04 so you can rest assured that all your preparation tasks can be completed.

Our Lead System designer and developer Roberto Dohnert had this to say, " With the complexity of these apps growing more amazing over the years; testing has become just as complex.  We are very proud to work with these companies to make sure desktop Linux works."

If you are still running Windows 8/10/11 on your PC and would like to upgrade you can purchase Linspire here.

If your order the box set over the Digital Download in order notes type "TaxPrep" to ensure 48-hour shipping

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Linspire 11.5 Released

Today, the PC/OpenSystems LLC development team is pleased to announce the release of Linspire 11.5, a fully commercial supported release. With a great application lineup, Linspire remains the #1 desktop Linux distribution for home users. Linspire 11.5 also includes tools and resources to help users switching from legacy operating systems / other LInux distributions. 

 We have also introduced a new minimal install feature that allows just the web browser and essential system services to be installed for users who just want a PWA platform. Gamers are not forgotten; the Steam Launcher is included in the minimal install for users who want to turn their PC into a dedicated gaming console. 

Linspire 11.5 support comes with a 1 year subscription for both phone and e-mail. The self support option, even though focused on the self-sufficient power user, does come with installation support and priority bug submissions. Linspire is released with incremental upgrades and ISO refreshes every 6 to 8 months; new versions will be released every 12 to 16 months. 

 For security, reliability and long term viability, Linspire is attractive, flexible and well-supported. The distribution includes : 

KDE Plasma 5.18.8 - The fast and lean Linux desktop, fully functional and performance enhanced; peerless in terms of speed and user friendliness. 
Kernel 5.13.0-35 LTS - Long Term Support kernel designed to stand the test of time. 
Flatpak - Alternative package manager to SNAP, the current Ubuntu standard.  SNAP has now been disabled by default.  SNAP packages will not be able to be installed.
Microsoft Edge 99 - Web browser from Microsoft, built using the Open Source Chromium project,  engineered for privacy, web app integration and performance 
Kpat - Solitaire game 
Knights - Chess game 
Steam Launcher - Want to play all your steam games on Linux? We make that extremely simple with the Steam launcher. Being that it is included in the base install you don't have to worry about it removing your desktop environment. 
OnlyOffice - Office suite that can handle even the most complex documents and is compatible with Microsoft Office. 
DragonPlayer - Multimedia player 
 Juk - Music Player 
PowerShell 7.2 - Alternative shell thats a free/open source project from Microsoft 
BTRFS, XFS. JFS. EXT4 - available filesystems for installation 
Timeshift - Snapshot utility which allows you to set restore points in case of errors 
Audio recorder - Sound recorder. 
Balena Etcher - Utility for writing ISO’s to a USB stick 
Active Directory integration - Use active directory in your infrastructure? You can add Linspire clients to them 

This release also contains many functionality / security updates. You can purchase Linspire 11.5 below. If you need a high performance OS for your enterprise or education facility, Xandros OpenDesktop is designed and engineered for crucial deployments and you can find that here

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