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 












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