Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Freespire OSS Fall Fundraiser 2021



Today the Freespire OSS team is launching our fall fundraiser for 2021.  Freespire uses these fundraisers to pay for web space, URL renewals as well replace aging equipment.   Any amount you wish to contribute will help the Freespire team immensely.  At the end of the fundraiser, Nov 15, 2021, we will publish the names of all people who contributed on our website.  Also, we do provide receipts for everything purchased upon request so contributors can see exactly what the funds were used for.

Anyone who wishes to contribute hardware can do so but you must pay the shipping costs as well. (Due to COVID-19 Restrictions all physical contributions will be quarantined for 10 days)

You can contribute below 









Friday, July 30, 2021

Freespire 7.7 Released





Today, the PC/OpenSystems LLC Open Source Development team will release Freespire 7.7. This update launches an entirely new direction for our distribution products, Freespire, Linspire and Xandros, by incorporating a cloud app approach. Since this is Freespire, our community-support build, we did not incorporate anyone’s (read : Google, Microsoft) specific web apps into the distribution. Which they select is entirely the user's choice. And for more traditional use cases, the core of Freespire has not changed at all : it’s still a full featured desktop OS; all of the applications and resources of the Ubuntu repositories are available, as always. To repeat : Freespire still does not incorporate any proprietary media codecs; aside from the use of Google Chrome there are no other vendor-specific software applications pre-installed at all. 

Many of these changes are the result of feedback from users.  As always we do appreciate all their participation and contributions to Freespire.

Freespire, for those not in the know, is the open source equivalent of Linspire and Xandros, containing mostly libre / FOSS components. 

The distribution includes : 

  • XFCE Desktop 4.16
  • Kernel 5.4.0-80 
  • Synaptic 
  • Google Chrome 92 
  • DuckDuckGo set as the default search engine and homepage
  • Ice SSB 
  • Kpatience 
  • Dreamchess 
  • Geary Mail Client 
  • Kolourpaint 
  • Parole 
  • Rhythmbox 
  • Caja is now the default file manager (Thunar is still in the base install)

Plus several other security and feature updates. 

You can download the ISO from here.


If you have Bandwidth restrictions you can purchase a bootable USB key at a nominal charge


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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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