Thursday, February 14, 2019

Linspire CE 8.0 Office 365 Released

Today the Linspire team is pleased to announce the release of Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365. This is an update to our CE Office - by far one of our most popular business releases for 2018. We have worked diligently to thoroughly integrate Microsoft’s web services into this product. Who was this designed for? For our business and education users who rely on Microsoft’s web services in their offices and classrooms.  CE Office 365 offers the standard Microsoft Office online platform married to the stability and security of the Linux desktop.

The systems include:

Google Chrome
KDE Plasma
VLC Player
Powershell
Full DVD Playback
Office 365 Online launcher
Skype

We have worked with many state and educational facilities to verify/certify that Linspire CE does indeed work with their Online and localized web apps; it is fully supported.

The cost of Linspire CE 8.0 Office 365 is as follows:

Single user license: $49.99 USD / user
Corporate unlimited user license: $1,500.99 USD

Educational, military and law enforcement discounts are available for the unlimited license. Contact sales@pc-opensystems.com for details.


Linspire CE Office 365
Install Media
Order Notes


Let’s go over some frequently asked questions regarding this distribution.

What is Linspire CE, exactly? 
Linspire CE is a specialized variant developed for the execution of cloud-based applications. It has a smaller disk/memory footprint, making it ideal for lower-end systems, i.e. laptops and Chromebooks. This allows organizations to repurpose older systems into their organizations, extending their hardware refresh cycle.

Can I run standard Linux desktop applications on my system? 
Yes. All standard Linux desktop apps run on this system: Gimp, LibreOffice, Inkscape, Spotify, Dia, Krita, Kdenlive, Audacity etc.

Can I still use Google’s web apps if I choose to?
Yes, all of Google’s online apps are available to mix/match with locally installed applications, if you so desire.

I have specialized QT and GTK based apps that I use in my – will they run on Linspire CE?
Yes. We support all QT / GTK based apps. If you have a legacy program, we will help you migrate it to Linspire CE

Does the Linspire SDK work on Linspire CE? 
Yes.

If I use Linspire CE can I change to Linspire CE Office 365 free of charge?
Yes.

Can I dual boot Linspire CE with Windows 10? 
You can, but we don’t support dual boot with Linspire CE out of the box. That’s a deployment that undertaken at your own risk. Caveat emptor.

Can I dual boot Linspire CE with Chrome OS? 
Unknown; untried. Linspire CE and Android-x86_64 is a known, supported and thoroughly tested configuration.

What are the system requirements for Linspire CE? 
As follows: 64 bit processor, 2 GB RAM (4 + GB recommended), 20 GB HDD space. Touch or mouse/keyboard input.

How can I get Linspire CE Office 365? 
When you order Linspire CE Office 365 we deliver that to you on physical media - it is not available as a download option.

What are the support options for Linspire CE Office 365? 
Linspire CE and Linspire CE Office 365 follow the support options usually available for Linspire Server - 2 years of phone, e-mail, remote support for a bi-yearly rate as well as on-site service for an additional fee.

What desktops are available with Linspire CE? 
KDE Plasma 5

Can I order systems with Linspire CE preloaded? 
Yes. We have two systems available, the InspireBook laptop and an AIO desktop system, the InspireStation.

What applications are available with Linspire CE 8.0 Office 365? 
Google Chrome
KDE Plasma
VLC Player
Powershell
Full DVD Playback
Office 365 Online launcher
Skype
Bing Search integration

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
DreamChess
Microsoft Powershell
Dia
Inkscape
Gimp
Audacity
Openshot
Ice SSB
.NET Core Runtime
Oracle Java 10

 Full list of applications can be found here 

Linspire CE 8.0 has the following features :

Google Chrome
Ice SSB
Kpatience
DreamChess
VLC
Geary mail client
Skype

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

sales@pc-opensystems.com

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

DO NOT USE THIS RELEASE IN PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS

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
Shotwell
Blender
OpenShot
Audio - Video Player
Skype
Cockpit

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

You can download RC1 from here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre-release/swordfish-8-rc1.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre-release/swordfish-8-rc1.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre-release/swordfish-8-rc1.iso.sha256



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
Ice SSB
Thunderbird 52.9 with lightning extension
Video Player
Rhythmbox
Maps
GNOME Documents
Weather
GNOME Books
GNOME Photos
RedShift
LibreOffice
Cockpit
XFS support
JFS Support
BTRFS support
Samba
NFS
Nitroshare
Synergy
Software Center with SNAP and Flatpak support
OpenJDK 10

You can download Alpha 5 from our download location

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8a5.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8a5.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8a5.iso.sha256

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.

DO NOT USE THIS RELEASE IN PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENTS

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.

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8-a1-x64.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8-a1-x64.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/pre/swordfish-8-a1-x64.iso.sha256

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
IceSSB
Biometric support

The following Microsoft app shortcuts are provided out of box:

Bing
OneDrive
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:

sales@pc-opensystems.com
support@pc-opensystems.com