Sunday, May 9, 2021

Freespire 7.5 released


 

Hey guys, 

Today we’re releasing Freespire 7.5. While incremental, it does incorporate some important OS fixes to version 7.0 which we will detail. Freespire, for those not in the know, is the open source equivalent of Linspire and Xandros, but with strictly libre / open source components. There are no proprietary code or codecs included with Freespire; the team tries to adhere as closely as possible the definition of free software. 

Some of the patches implemented : 

FIXED: XFCE has been upgraded to the latest release with all patches implemented 

FIXED: Kernel 5.4 has been upgraded to the latest version 

FIXED Air Pod support has been improved 

The distribution includes : 

XFCE Desktop 

Kernel 5.4 

Synaptic 

Firefox 

Thunderbird 

Kpatience 

Dreamchess 

Abiword 

Gnumeric 

Gdebi 

Kolourpaint 

Parole 

Rhythmbox 

Plus several other security updates. You can download the ISO from here. 

 https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/7/release-750F.iso

https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/7/release-750F.iso.md5

https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/7/release-750F.iso.sha256

Monday, December 28, 2020

Freespire 7.1 Released


Today the PC/OpenSystems Open Source dev team is announcing our Freespire 7.1 public release. While an incremental release, this version is still packed full of user-facing improvements and kernel-level updates. Freespire is our free and open source distribution that you are free to download, redistribute and install on as many systems as you would like; it continues our tradition of offering the #1 open source desktop to the masses. 

 Features included in Freespire 7.1 : 

Customized XFCE 4.16 desktop 
Kernel 5.8.0-33 
Google Chrome 87 
Ice SSB 
Thunderbird 68.12 
Kpatience 
DreamChess 
Parole Media Player 
KolourPaint 
Redshift GTK 
Abiword 
Gnumeric 
Boot Repair 
Full UEFI support 
Codium IDE 
Synaptic Package Manager 

These are only some of the changes; questions regarding others can be directed to support AT pc-opensystems DOT com Freespire 7.1 can be downloaded here 




Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Winter Fundraiser for Freespire

 Today we are launching the winter fundraiser for Freespire.  Freespire being an open source project relies on donations and outside funds from users and supporters.  DONATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED

When you donate to the project you help with

  • Replacing old and damaged equipment
  • Domain Renewal
  • Paying our volunteer developers

You are not required to donate a certain amount and any donation is appreciated.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Freespire 7.0 Released


Today our internal development team is pleased to announce the release of Freespire 7.0, a major update to Freespire which brings the codebase to the latest Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Once again, PC/OpenSystems  has worked diligently to bring you the best, most meticulously designed and engineered FOSS desktop on the market today. Freespire is the community-supported base from which Linspire is built and aims to bring the best, and only the best, open source has to offer to its users, featuring an intuitive interface with the expressed intent of increased productivity. 

Features included in Freespire 7.0 : 

 Customized XFCE 4.14 desktop 
Kernel 5.4.0-51 
Chromium Browser 86 
Ice SSB 
Thunderbird 68.12 
Kpatience 
DreamChess 
Parole Media Player 
KolourPaint 
Redshift GTK 
Abiword 
Gnumeric 
Boot Repair 
Full UEFI support 
TCSH, CSH, ZSH shells are now included due to user requests 
Codium IDE 
Synaptic Package Manager 
Bashtop replaces Htop

 SOFTWARE is not included due to its proprietary nature, but can be downloaded via Synaptic if you so choose. 

These are only some of the changes. Questions regarding any other changes can be directed to support AT pc-opensystems DOT com 

Freespire 7.0 can be downoaded here 


 If you have bandwidth limitations or would like to purchase a boxed copy of Freespire 7.0 you can do that here.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Freespire 6.0.3 Released

Today our internal open-source development team is pleased to announce the release of Freespire 6.0.3. While an incremental release, it’s packed with a TON of improvements and security updates. Despite the global pandemic, the development team has worked diligently and meticulously over the past few months, fine-tuning every detail, to bring you the best FOSS desktop on the market today.

 Freespire is the community-supported base from which Linspire is built and aims to bring the best, and only the best, open source has to offer, along with an intuitive interface designed for productivity. The Freespire 6.x series will be the last one featuring the 18.04 LTS codebase; Freespire 7 will be based on the next 20.04 LTS code and kernel.

 Features included in Freespire 6.0.3 :

 Customized XFCE 4.14 desktop
Kernel 5.3.0-59
Chromium Browser 83
Ice SSB
Thunderbird 68.8
Abiword
GNUMERIC
Kpatience
DreamChess
Parole Media Player
KolourPaint
Redshift GTK




 These are only some of the changes. Overall there have been over 200 updates applied to the core system.

 One of the biggest changes is the removal of SNAPD and snaps from our distributions, Linspire included, going forward. From now on we will include Flatpak as a replacement for SNAP due to privacy concern issues with SNAP.

You can download Freespire 6.0.3 from here

https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-603.iso
https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-603.iso.sha256
https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-603.iso.md5

 If you have limited bandwidth or would like to purchase a boxed copy of Freespire 6.0.3 you can do that here as well.


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Freespire 6.0 Released



Today is another great day for the Freespire development team, as we announce the release of Freespire 6.0. This release is our FOSS solution, with no binary-only drivers or multimedia codecs included and strictly Libre applications. Freespire is released bi-annually and showcases the best that the open-source community has to offer. Our users enjoy a multitude of different desktops - for this release we are releasing the MATE desktop first; KDE comes next, keep an eye out for it. With Windows 7 at the end of life, many people have PCs which may not be optimal for Windows 10; now is a good time to migrate to one of the most recognized desktop Linux distributions, which is optimized for just these sorts of PCs.

 Here’s what’s offered:

 MATE 1.20
Kernel 5.3.0-28
Chromium Web Browser
Abiword
Gnumeric
Ice SSB
Parole
Shotwell
Software Center
Synaptic Package Manager

 Fully community supported by other users and contributors, with an intuitive layout for ease-of-use, Freespire 6.0 is the latest and greatest high-performance desktop distro available, stable as a table and backed by the full scope of Ubuntu / Debian software. Please give it a try! You can download it here:

https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-6.iso
https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-6.iso.md5
https://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/6/freespire-6.iso.sha256

If you are hindered by data caps you can purchase a bootable USB key here


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Freespire 5.0 Released

Today the PC/OpenSystems development team is pleased to announce the release of Freespire 5.0 (Lobo) to the general computing public. This is the 3rd major release of Freespire from PC/OpenSystems which cements our commitment to the open-source community. Freespire 5.0 packs in enhancements and features that showcase its ease of use and polish as one of the industry's leading community-driven open-source only Linux distributions.

 Our goal was to “trim the fat” on the distribution. Many of our users and customers have told us that Linspire / Freespire as a whole were bloated; so what we did in response was pick “best of breed” applications that added to the overall simplicity of the system. And what if the app you want is not preinstalled? Go to the Software Center and explore its treasure trove of compatible applications.

Freespire 5.0 contains the following enhancements:

Kernel 5.0.0-31
KDE 5.12.9
Ice 6.0.4
Chromium Browser 77
KolourPaint
Calligra Office
Amarok
Kpatience
DreamChess
DragonPlayer Video Player
Kamerka
Boot Repair
Firewall configurator
Synaptic Package Manager

Freespire 5.0 does not contain any proprietary, binary-only software. Its source code is available via the Synaptic Package manager. Freespire is free to download and redistribute. You can download it here

http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/5/freespire-5.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/5/freespire-5.iso.md5
http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/5/freespire-5.iso.sha256

If you have limited or metered bandwidth and would like to have install media or to support the distribution you can purchase here as well.


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