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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.

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Average visitor rating: 8.9/10 from 10 review(s).


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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-12-06: Distribution Release: Freespire 8.0
 • 2021-07-31: Distribution Release: Freespire 7.7
 • 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
 • More Freespire releases...

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Version: 8.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-04-27
Votes: 3


Freespire does the one thing all OS should aSPIRE to do: get the ... out of the way

The user should not really notice the OS, except to say, good job OS.
IDK what freespire (perhaps benefiting from the professional version, Linspire, there being a pro version; i think it's just support though, but don't quote me; the idea is that they get paid to make Linspire work, and they give you the same stuff for free but without the support, ie help from actual ppl in real time, etc.)

The KDE is good, i got it doing what i want, mostly (left bar, button bottom, tray top, tasks middle, but it won't do half transparency when mouse leaves, like XFCE, so I'll be switching to xfce, or adding it in). I'm even getting used to the single click, like it more. It's odd though, not always single click. I think it's kind of a apple/mac thing, the single click, so i don't mind not using it. Probably just use xfce and not look back.

Been a couple of weeks with this so far and it's great. Just no hiccups, no headaches, no hassle. Why should it be a hassle? lol

So, two doors, one says "hella big hassle", the other door says "freespire".

lol

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to be fair, ubuntu works well; this is not ubuntu exactly. IDK what 'spyware' might be embedded in it, as someone said, but I'm not finding anything to complain about, at all. Except for that taskbar transparency thing, lol. Also, the login manager (as when coming out of sleep/standby) is a bit ugly and irritating, have to punch keyboard and whack mouse to get it to show password input field.

I did install "ubuntustudio-installer" and all that, which is why i decided on an ubuntu base. Works good.


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Version: 8.0.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-03-03
Votes: 2


An excellent switch from Gnome to KDE in 8.2 due to user feedback. Now based on Kubuntu but with SNAP disabled by default. Yes there are plenty of other Ubuntu clones around but each will suit a different set of users depending on the software mix. For my needs I'm pleased it includes Calligra Office, Flatpak and Balena Etcher. It's also faster than most I've installed with a lower resource usage rate. I just installed the MX Conky Manager to have access to their range of themes. Nice logo and default wallpaper.



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Version: 8.0
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-12-20
Votes: 2


Another uninspired bland clone of Ubuntu. Not really much to rave on at all about it. It used to be a good Linux distro many years back when the original developers made it an independent distro and not based on anything and including custom tools to make it very simple and easy to use. It was back in the days of Xandros and such and when more Linux distros were more difficulty to use and heavily relied on the terminal. But all of that image of a great distro has faded away when another company bought Freespire and Linspire and made it another bloated, slow and buggy Ubuntu clone. The real only difference here is themes, some different applications and different wallpapers. It baffles me why there are so many Ubuntu clones that keep its spyware and just modify the look and feel.


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