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Freespire

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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: 188 (44), 6 months: 118 (87), 3 months: 176 (44), 4 weeks: 200 (33), 1 week: 215 (33)

Average visitor rating: 5.7/10 from 10 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
Documentation --
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Download Mirrors http://distro.ibiblio.org/blacklab/freespire/LinuxTracker.org
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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 3.0.8 2.0.8 1.0
Release Date 2018-03-19 2007-11-30 2006-08-08
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1600 0-0  
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE Plasma, 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 3.0.8    
Package 3.0.8 2.0.8 1.0
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.0 1.0.13 1.0.9
ati-driver (16.40) -- 8.34.8 8.22.5
bash (4.4.18) 4.3 3.2 3.0
bind (9.12.1) -- -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.1.3 1.2.8 1.1.23
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.3 3.0.4 3.0.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.42.13 1.39 1.38
firefox (59.0.2) 58.0.2 2.0.0.6 1.5.0.4
freetype (2.9) 2.6.1 2.2.1 2.1.7
gcc (7.3.0) 5.3.1 4.1.2 3.3.5
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.23 2.5 2.3.2
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- --
gnucash (3.0) 2.6.12 -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) 1.12.28 -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta2 0.97 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.18.9 2.10.11 2.6.10
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) 2.0.3 1.0.3 0.12.7
kmod (25) 22    
krita (4.0.1)      
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- 2.2.0 2.0.1
linux (4.16.3) 4.10.0 2.6.20 2.6.14
Package 3.0.8 2.0.8 1.0
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) --    
mate-desktop (1.20.1) --    
mesa (18.0.1) 17.2.8 6.5.2 6.9.0
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.18.4 -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- 1.0-9631 1.0-8178
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- --
openjdk (9.0.4) 8u151 -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.2p2 4.3p2 3.8.1p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.2g 0.9.8c 0.9.8a
perl (5.26.2) 5.22.1 5.8.8 5.8.4
php (7.2.4) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) 5.8.8    
postfix (3.3.0) -- 2.4.5 --
postgresql (10.3) -- -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.12 2.5.1 2.3.4
qt (5.10.1) 5.6.1 3.3.8 3.3.3
samba (4.8.0) 4.3.11 3.0.24 3.0.9
systemd (238) 229    
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.6.0 2.0.0.4 1.5.0.4
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.0.164 6.3.031
vlc (3.0.1) -- -- --
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: 3.0.6.5
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-04
Votes: 0


Not a bad little distro here. User friendly, easy on the eyes and easy to navigate. They seem to be improving it as time goes on which is a good thing. Not a huge XFCE fan but it looks more like KDE to me when I first set it up. Recommendations I would make to the guys is move back to a Debian base. Setting up from an Ubuntu base is kinda moot as we have too many Ubuntu derivatives.


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Version: 3.0.6.5
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-17
Votes: 2


This is a very good distro. Easy to use, easy to setup. I used Lindows back in the day (still have my original install CD's) and I do like this one better.


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Version: 3
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-02-08
Votes: 4


Very good looking desktop,icons and themes are vibrant, good application line-up, very fast and easy to use. Some cons: support website could use a lot more content, wallpaper is way to dark, on my Acer Cloudbook 14 getting UEFI to work was a bear had to go into the BIOS and choose a "boot key"


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