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Do you remember the Lindows Linux distro, which aimed to make the process of using Linux and running Windows applications on Linux much easier? For those who need a refresher, Lindows based its Windows compatibility on Wine API. Then, it developed program named CNR to serve as a GUI-based means to download/install applications. Later, Microsoft sued Lindows, Inc. and the case was settled after the Lindows trademark was transferred to Microsoft, changing the name to Linspire.

Now, after more than 10 years since the last Linspire version was released, a new version is here. Actually, PC/OpenSystems LLC, which takes care of the development of Black Lab Linux, has acquired the Linspire trademarks.

Linspire 6.0 and Freespire 3.0: Commercial and Free releases

Even though the new release, Linspire 6.0, remains a commercial product just like the earlier versions, it doesn’t carry forward the older code.

The new release is derived from Ubuntu and includes various software like VLC, Chrome, Wine, etc. It’s an LTS release, which will remain supported until 2025. It also comes with a 12-months email and phone support. The other services offered with the license are custom ISO generation, on-site setup, free upgrade, 10% off on hardware purchases, etc.

In case you’re willing to use reincarnated (kind of) Lindows without spending a penny, there’s another option as well. Freespire 3.0 is a free Linux distro release that doesn’t contain the components that need the license fee. It comes with Firefox Quantum, Parole Media Player, Abiword, Pinta, etc. Freespire 3.0 remains supported until 2021.

Find more information and download links on this page.

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Adarsh Verma
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