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Linspire

Last Update: 2022-03-15 00:31 UTC


Linspire is a full-featured operating system (based on Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu) like Microsoft Windows XP or Apple Mac OS X. Linspire offers the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a Windows environment. In addition, Linspire features exclusive Click-N-Run (CNR) technology that makes installing software on Linspire fast and easy. Note: Linspire was acquired by Xandros Inc. in July 2008 and discontinued as a Linux distribution shortly afterwards. Linspire was later purchased by PC/OpenSystems in 2017 and sold as an Ubuntu-based commercial distribution.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 220 (33), 6 months: 221 (31), 3 months: 213 (31), 4 weeks: 205 (31), 1 week: 208 (30)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 4 review(s).


Linspire Summary
Distribution Linspire OS
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2007-10-10: Distribution Release: Linspire 6.0
 • 2006-04-23: Distribution Release: Linspire 5.1
 • 2005-05-30: Reviews: Linspire 5.0, the Linux Desktop for the Masses
 • 2005-04-21: Linux Made Easy: Linspire 5.0
 • 2005-04-15: Hacking Linspire 5.0
 • 2005-03-29: Linspire 5.0 Live CD Available for Free Download
 • 2005-03-24: Reviews: Linspire 5.0
 • 2005-03-20: Reviews: First Look at Linspire 5.0
 • 2005-03-16: Distribution Release: Linspire 5.0
 • 2005-02-14: First Look at Linspire 5
 • 2005-01-05: Two Interviews with Linspire's Michael Robertson
 • 2004-04-29: Reviews: Linspire 4.5
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Feature 11.5 10-SP2 9.5 8 7.0-sp1 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.0 Feature
Release Date 2022-03-14 2021-09-02 2020-11-30 2019-01-02 2018-04-08 2007-10-10 2006-04-21 2005-03-16 2003-12-16 2003-06-24 2002-11-18 Release Date
End Of Life                       End Of Life
Price (US$) 30-2500 30-2500 40-4000 30-50 79 50 50 50 50 50 129 Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)         2100-2200             Image Size (MB)
Free Download -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma GNOME, Xfce Xfce MATE KDE Plasma, Xfce KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite OnlyOffice     LibreOffice LibreOffice GNOME Office, KOffice, OO.o GNOME Office, KOffice, OO.o GNOME Office, KOffice, OO.o KOffice, OO.o, StarOffice KOffice, OO.o, StarOffice KOffice, OO.o, StarOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems             ReiserFS ReiserFS ReiserFS ReiserFS ReiserFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual             Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support           -- -- -- jp jp -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List       8 7.0-sp1   5.1         Full Package List
Package 11.5 10-SP2 9.5 8 7.0-sp1 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.0 Package
abiword (3.0.5)       -- -- 2.4.6 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.0.6 1.0.4 1.0.2 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.8)       1.1.3 1.1.0 1.0.13 1.0.9b 1.0.6 0.9.8 0.9.2 0.9.0beta12 alsa-lib (1.2.8)
amdgpu (22.20.4)       -- -- 8.34.8 -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (22.20.4)
bash (5.2.9)       4.4.18 4.3 3.2 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05a 2.05a bash (5.2.9)
bind (9.18.9)       -- -- 9.2.4 9.2.4 9.2.4 8.3.4 8.3.4 8.3.3 bind (9.18.9)
chromium (107.0.5304.121)       71.0.3578.98 65.0.3325.181             chromium (107.0.5304.121)
cups (2.4.2)       2.2.7 2.1.3 1.2.8 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.19 1.1.14 cups (2.4.2)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1)       4.3.5 4.3.3 3.0.4 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.46.5)       1.44.1 1.42.13 1.39 1.38 1.35 1.32 1.32 1.27 e2fsprogs (1.46.5)
firefox (107.0)       -- 57.0.3 2.0.0.4 1.5.0.1 1.0       firefox (107.0)
freetype (2.12.1)       2.8.1 2.6.1 2.2.1 2.1.7 2.1.7 2.1.4 2.1.4   freetype (2.12.1)
gcc (12.2.0)       7.3.0 5.3.1 4.1.2 3.4.3 3.3.5 2.95.4 2.95.4 2.95.4 gcc (12.2.0)
gimp (2.10.32)       2.8.22 -- 2.2.13 2.2.10 2.0.6 1.3.14 1.3.14 1.2.3 gimp (2.10.32)
glibc (2.36)       2.27 2.23 2.5 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 2.2.5 glibc (2.36)
gnome-shell (43.1)       -- --             gnome-shell (43.1)
gnucash (4.12)       -- -- 2.0.2 1.8.12 1.8.9 1.8.3 1.8.3 1.6.6 gnucash (4.12)
gnumeric (1.12.53)       -- -- 1.7.8 1.6.2 1.4.0 1.0.9 1.0.9 1.0.8 gnumeric (1.12.53)
grub (2.06)       2.02 2.02beta2 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.93 0.93 0.91 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.8.2)       3.22.30 3.18.9 2.10.11 2.6.10 2.4.13 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.0.2 gtk (4.8.2)
httpd (2.4.54)       -- -- 2.2.3 2.0.52 2.0.52 2.0.44 2.0.44   httpd (2.4.54)
inkscape (1.2.1)       -- -- 0.45 0.43 0.41 -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.1)
k3b (22.08.3)       -- 2.0.3 1.0 0.12.7 0.11.17 0.8 0.8   k3b (22.08.3)
kmod (30)       24 22             kmod (30)
krita (5.1.3)       -- 3.3.2.1             krita (5.1.3)
libreoffice (7.4.3)       6.1.3rc2 6.0.2 2.2.0 2.0.1 1.1.3 1.0.3 1.0.3 1.0.1 libreoffice (7.4.3)
linux (6.0.10)       4.15 4.10 2.6.20 2.6.14 2.6.10 2.4.23 2.4.20 2.4.19 linux (6.0.10)
Package 11.5 10-SP2 9.5 8 7.0-sp1 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.0 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1)       -- --             lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.10.2)       -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.10.2)
mate-desktop (1.26.0)       1.20.1 --             mate-desktop (1.26.0)
mesa (22.2.4)       18.0.5 17.2.8             mesa (22.2.4)
mysql (8.0.31)       -- -- 5.0.38 4.0.22 4.0.22 3.23.52 3.23.52 3.23.49 mysql (8.0.31)
nautilus (43.0)       -- -- 2.18.1 2.11.2 2.8.2 1.0.6 1.0.6 1.0.6 nautilus (43.0)
NVIDIA (520.56.06)       -- -- 1.0-9631           NVIDIA (520.56.06)
openbox (3.6.1)       -- --             openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (19.0.1)       -- 8u151             openjdk (19.0.1)
openssh (9.1p1)       7.6p1 7.2p2 4.3p2 3.8.1p1 3.8.1p1 3.6.1p2 3.4p1 3.4p1 openssh (9.1p1)
openssl (3.0.7)       1.1.0g 1.0.2g 0.9.8c 0.9.8a 0.9.7e 0.9.7a 0.9.7 0.9.6c openssl (3.0.7)
perl (5.36.0)       5.26.1 5.22.1 5.8.8 5.8.4 5.8.4 5.8.1 5.6.1 5.6.1 perl (5.36.0)
php (8.1.13)       -- -- 5.2.1 4.3.9 4.3.9 4.2.2 4.2.2 4.1.2 php (8.1.13)
plasma-desktop (5.26.3)       -- 5.8.9             plasma-desktop (5.26.3)
postfix (3.7.3)       -- -- 2.3.8 2.1.5 2.1.5 1.1.11 1.1.11 1.1.11 postfix (3.7.3)
postgresql (15.1)       -- -- -- 7.4.6 7.4.6 7.2.1 7.2.1 7.2.1 postgresql (15.1)
Python (3.11.0)       2.7.15rc1 2.7.12 2.5.1 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.2.2 2.2.2 2.1.3 Python (3.11.0)
qt (6.4.1)       5.9.5 5.6.1 3.3.8 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.2.1 3.0.5 3.0.3 qt (6.4.1)
samba (4.17.3)       4.7.6 4.3.11 3.0.24 3.0.9 3.0.9 3.0.0 2.2.3a 2.2.3a samba (4.17.3)
systemd (252.2)       237 229 -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (252.2)
thunderbird (102.5.0)       60.2.1 52.7.0 2.0.0.4 1.5 0.9 -- -- -- thunderbird (102.5.0)
vim (9.0)       8.0 7.4 7.0.164 6.3 6.3 6.1.048 6.1.048 6.1 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18)       3.0.4 2.2.8 0.8.6 0.8.1 0.8.1       vlc (3.0.18)
xfdesktop (4.16.1)       -- 4.12.3 4.3.99.1 4.0.6 4.0.6 3.8.16 3.8.16 3.8.16 xfdesktop (4.16.1)
xorg-server (21.1.4)       1.19.6 1.18.4 1.2.0 6.9.0 6.8.2 -- -- -- xorg-server (21.1.4)

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Version: 8-rc1
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-25
Votes: 0


Well, whilst i haven't checked and tested each and everyone program and capability of LINSPIRE,
I was very impressed with what I did see and use.

Overall, it seems to me that the distro is very easy to operate. Everything is there at your fingertips. Many programs, virtually everyone that's worth its salt is incorporated. All the useful ones are there such as calendar, Office, screenshot and even a two panel file manager. It found my printer by itself - I didn't have to do a thing :)) Furthermore there is synaptic program manager, from which you can install any program that in your opinion may be missing.

If you're looking for a complete sytem for everyday use and more - look no further !!


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Version: 3.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-10-24
Votes: 0


I downloaded its iso and unfortunately it won't boot on a 64 bit computer.


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Version: 7.0
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-02-22
Votes: 4


There are way better Linux payed releases and in the open-source sector. Sorry I'm not impressed.


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