Sunday, January 14, 2018

Linspire HPC 7.0.1 Released

Today we are pleased to announce the next evolution of Linspire HPC, Linspire HPC 7.0.1.  What is Linspire HPC 7.0.1?  Linspire HPC is a system specifically designed for desktop High Performance Computing.  This system is designed specifically for researchers, multimedia designers, publishing and anyone who needs more than just a standard desktop OS.  Linspire HPC formerly PC-UX is not a new flavor, PC/OpenSystems LLC has provided advanced Operating Systems for businesses since 2008.

So what makes Linspire HPC different from other Enterprise OS's.  First, we start with ease of use.  Linspire HPC is easy to setup, easy to deploy, and easy to use.  Included are tools for remote administration, development and included is support for other Enterprise Operating Systems such as RHEL and Oracle Linux.  With our UNIX Subsystem we also support many software only UNIX applications.  Linspire HPC also is a great cloud environment with facilities to turn your web apps into fully functioning desktop apps.  Linspire HPC also allows you to install whatever apps you need and business customers can "roll" their own and standardize on a basic image.

Linspire HPC is a very secure environment.  From Anti-Virus to advanced intrusion detection as well as being able to set policies on devices that are allowed to be used

For more information on Linspire HPC you can find more information here:

So whats new with Linspire HPC?  Below is a list of changes we have made:
  • Kernel 4.13
  • Firefox 57
  • The UNIX subsystem has been changed from Illumos to BSD 11
  • Oracle Java 9
  • GCC 5.4
To run Linspire HPC you have to meet the following requirements:
  • 64 bit Intel or AMD processor
  • 8 gb of RAM
  • 120 gb or higher HDD storage or SSD storage
  • Mouse and Keyboard or touch screen input
Linspire HPC is $299.00 USD starting with one license for 2 years of support or you can purchase hardware with Linspire HPC pre-installed

Hardware systems that are certified and tested to run Linspire HPC include:

  • SGI UV 
  • SGI Ice 
  • SGI Rackable Systems 
  • SGI InfiniteData Cluster systems 
  • HPE Apollo 10 
  • HPE Proliant DL 
  • HPE Superdome 1 and 2 
  • HPE Integrity x86 based servers 
  • Lenovo x3300 M4 
  • Lenovo x3100 M4 Lenovo x3100 M5 
  • Oracle X6-2 
  • Oracle X7

Linspire 7.0.1 and Freespire 3.0.1 Released - Meltdown and Spectre fix

This morning we have released Linspire 7.0.1 and Freespire 3.0.1 .  With this release we have addressed the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel Processors.  We have included no new features.  We have applied the fixes to:

Linspire 7.0.1
Linspire Cloud 7.0.1
Linspire Embedded 7.0.1
Linspire HPC 7.0.1

To apply the fix simply run your system updater and the fix will be applied.  If you wish to download a new ISO of Freespire you can download it here:

Linspire customers will be provided with a download ISO of Linspire 7.0.1 upon request.

Thank you

Monday, January 1, 2018

Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0 released

Today the development team at PC/Opensystems LLC is pleased to announce the release of Freespire 3.0 and Linspire 7.0.

While both contain common kernel and common utilities, they are targeted towards two different user bases. Freespire is a FOSS distribution geared for the general Linux community, making use of only open source components, containing no proprietary applications. This is not necessarily a limitation : through our software center and extensive repositories, Freespire users can install any application that they wish.

 Linspire is a commercial release which builds on the elegant Freespire foundation. It does include a proprietary software set optimized for business users, students, researchers and developers. It is a capable solution for utilizing cloud-based web apps as well as legacy software from our Debian or Ubuntu’s repositories.

For educational facilities and agencies that have older hardware to re-purpose we offer Linspire Embedded; this contains a web browser, media player and the core Freespire / Linspire app selection.

So what features does each contain?

Let’s start with Freespire; it contains the following applications and features:

  1. Kernel 4.10.0-42
  2. Firefox Quantum Web Browser
  3. Geary e-mail client
  4. Ice SSB
  5. Abiword
  6. Gnumeric
  7. Parole Media Player
  8. Pinta Graphics tool
  9. Font Manager

Linspire contains the following applications and features:

  1. Kernel 4.10.0-42
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Thunderbird e-mail with Calender, MS Exchange and Google Sync
  4. IceSSB
  5. LibreOffice
  6. Software Center
  7. VLC Media Player
  8. Rhythmbox
  9. Font Manager
  10. Wine integration for running some Windows applications
  11. VirtualBox Virtual Machine
  12.  XFS, JFS, ZFS, BTRFS support
  13. .NET Core support
  14. ClamAV Virus Scanner
  15. Bleachbit
  16. Intrusion Detection System
  17. Integrated Build Environment

When you purchase Linspire you also get 12 months of e-mail and phone support and businesses with their license purchase are entitled to the following services:

  • Custom ISO generation
  • On-Site setup and auditing services
  • Free Upgrade to major releases
  • 10% off of all hardware purchases

This Freespire 3.0 is supported until 2021.  Linspire 7.0 is supported until 2025.

You can download Freespire from our FOSS development labs

Freespire Info Page

You can purchase Linspire licenses from our webstore and preloaded on workstations. More information on Linspire is available from the distribution’s page.

Linspire Support License
Install Media
Order Notes

Friday, December 29, 2017

Linspire and Freespire FAQ

Since our Christmas sneak peek many users and future customers have been asking us questions about Linspire and Freespire. How did we acquire the trademarks? How will we differ from Linspire Inc? How come is still operational but doesn’t offer any downloads? What’s the difference between our approach and Linspire Inc. and the now defunct Xandros? What’s the fate of Black Lab Linux going to be?

Q) How did we acquire the Linspire / Freespire trademarks? 

We acquired them through before they went out of business. We now own them and it has been our decision since to market them.

Q) How will we differ from Linspire Inc? 

We will differ in a few ways. One way we will NOT differ is that Linspire is 1st and foremost a commercial product. Linspire Inc. required that you purchase a license yearly to get updates and access to CNR. We will not enforce any such requirement. Once the initial purchase is made, the product is yours. We will not lock you out of updates or the software center. But, you are locked into the version purchased; updates until the EOL will be available, for that version. When the new major release is available you will not be able to get the it unless you purchase a license / licenses.

Q) How come there is a and how does that relate to our free download of Freespire? 

 It’s not related to us in anyway; it’s related to Linspire Inc. The reason that domain is still registered and used is due to an ongoing fight between Kevin Carmony and Michael Robertson. Kevin Carmony brought to light some of the alleged shady dealings of Mr. Robertson and had registered (now defunct). I will not comment on or make any assumptions about the legitimacy of the claims and we have tried to no avail to get the domain. We are stepping up our efforts to get the domain.

Q) What is our approach vs Linspire Inc. and Xandros? 

We will be focusing on working with Canonical and Canonical’s core Ubuntu product; we will make improvements on that base and fork from it when we feel it’s necessary. Linspire and Freespire will NOT be just remastered Ubuntu spins. However, Ubuntu is the recognized community desktop leader, and there are hundreds of thousands of apps targeted to the Ubuntu desktop, so basing our new product on this solid application base just makes sense. We will be targeting the new LinspireOS toward the markets where we are undisputed leaders : HPC, education, the enterprise and specialized desktop services. Our release is based on the XFCE desktop; its panel layouts and graphics will not change.

Q) Will we offer the legacy Linspire and Lindows ISO’s? 

No. We do not have any permission to redistribute the classic ISOs. And they would be essentially useless.

Q) What happens to Black Lab Linux? 

Nothing at all. Black Lab Linux is a separate entity with a totally different development team. Linspire will collaborate with the BL development team when there are common goals. They will offer their version of a community-based FOSS operating system.

Q) How many flavors of Linspire will there be? 

As previously stated, there will be no other desktop environments but XFCE. Linspire will come in 3 different flavors : LinspireOS Desktop which is a general desktop OS for home users, business users, students etc. Linspire HPC which is our high performance computing platform targeted toward users who need a very powerful computing environment for high end development, CAD and HD graphics. Linspire Embedded which will be targeted to users who want to repurpose older hardware (5+ yr old desktops, notebooks), IoT and existing ChromeOS users who want an upgrade path for their older and unsupported Chromebooks.

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