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Freespire

Last Update: 2018-01-02 01:46 UTC


Freespire was once a community-run Linux distribution sponsored by Linspire. Freespire was discontinued in 2008. Starting in 2017 Freespire became a free operating system based on Ubuntu and run by PC/OpenSystems LLC. Freespire features the Xfce desktop environment.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 240 (33), 6 months: 133 (65), 3 months: 98 (131), 4 weeks: 26 (394), 1 week: 34 (395)

Average visitor rating: 5.25/10 from 4 review(s).


Freespire Summary
Distribution Freespire
Home Page http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/freespireos.html
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://linspire.boards.net/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 2.0: Linux.com
1.0: OSNewsPC WorldFree-BeesLinuxOS.sk (Slovak) • LinuxForumsTechgage
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-01-02: Distribution Release: Linspire 7.0, Freespire 3
 • 2007-09-25: Distribution Release: Freespire 2.0.3
 • 2007-08-08: Distribution Release: Freespire 2.0
 • 2007-03-24: Development Release: Freespire 2.0 Alpha 2
 • 2007-03-09: Development Release: Freespire 2.0 Alpha 1
 • 2006-12-22: Development Release: Freespire 2.0 Alpha 3
 • 2006-12-08: Development Release: Freespire 2.0 Alpha 2
 • 2006-11-23: Development Release: Freespire 2.0 Alpha
 • 2006-08-08: Distribution Release: Freespire 1.0
 • 2006-07-29: Development Release: Freespire Release Candidate 1
 • 2006-07-25: Development Release: Freespire Beta2 (Build 0.0.76)
 • 2006-07-17: Development Release: Freespire Beta1 (Build 0.0.69)
 • More Freespire releases...

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Feature 3 2.0.8 1.0
Release Date 2017-12-27 2007-11-30 2006-08-08
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 0-0  
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce KDE KDE
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice OO.o OO.o
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386 i386
Init Software systemd Upstart SysV
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext4 ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS  
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List 3    
Package 3 2.0.8 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.0 1.0.13 1.0.9
ati-driver (16.40) -- 8.34.8 8.22.5
bash (4.4.12) 4.3 3.2 3.0
bind (9.11.2-P1) -- -- --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) -- -- --
cups (2.2.6) 2.1.3 1.2.8 1.1.23
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.3 3.0.4 3.0.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.42.13 1.39 1.38
firefox (58.0) 57.0.1 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.4
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.2.1 2.1.7
gcc (7.2.0) 5.3.1 4.1.2 3.3.5
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.26) 2.23 2.5 2.3.2
gnome-shell (3.26.2) -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.19) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.28 -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 0.97 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.26) 3.18.9 2.10.11 2.6.10
httpd (2.4.29) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- --
k3b (17.12.1) -- 1.0.3 0.12.7
kmod (25) 22    
libgnome (2.32.1) -- 2.18.0 2.8.0
libreoffice (5.4.4) -- 2.2.0 2.0.1
linux (4.14.14) 4.10.0 2.6.20 2.6.14
Package 3 2.0.8 1.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) --    
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --    
mesa (17.3.3) 17.0.7 6.5.2 6.9.0
mysql (5.7.21) -- -- --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.18.4 -- --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- 1.0-9631 1.0-8178
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (8u151) 8u151 -- --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.2p2 4.3p2 3.8.1p1
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.0.2g 0.9.8c 0.9.8a
perl (5.26.1) 5.22.1 5.8.8 5.8.4
php (7.2.1) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) --    
postfix (3.2.4) -- 2.4.5 --
postgresql (10.1) -- -- --
Python (3.6.4) 3.5.2 2.5.1 2.3.4
qt (5.10.0) 5.5.1 3.3.8 3.3.3
samba (4.7.4) 4.3.11 3.0.24 3.0.9
systemd (236) 229    
thunderbird (52.5.2) -- 2.0.0.4 1.5.0.4
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.0.164 6.3.031
vlc (2.2.8) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.18.4 1.2.0 (6.9.0)

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Version: 3
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-01-09
Votes: 3


I WANTED to love this. I cut my teeth on Freespire and Xandros back in the day.
That "easy ti use" spit and polish/magic is gone...it feel like just another distribution now. The project has a LOT of unfulfilled promise...that it hurts...as I see what it was..and could be,
To the developers....go back to the days when this was an easy to use Linux for newbies...a distro that a guy might set up for his grandmother or aging father to use. What you have is is fun for about 5 minutes as an old fan will look at it through eyes filled with nostalgia....then the haze disappears..and you're left with an unpleasant reminder that you don't really have what you had hoped for all along experience wise.


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Version: 3
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-01-04
Votes: 3


Another xubuntu based distribution. Just like xubuntu, everything works like charm and highly customizable. Not as interesting as previous freespire versions.

It would we very awesome if the developer could use Trinity desktop and revive the old Linspire/Freespire looks and feel.


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Version: 3
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-01-04
Votes: 0


Fluff. A polished looking ISO - backed by a very "green" and small company. Stick with the big players and leave the new projects to the playground inside the "Virtualbox".


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