Sunday, February 11, 2018

Black Lab Enterprise Linux and Linspire: Whats the difference

Many people have asked us; What are the differences between Linspire and Black Lab Enterprise?  Why market both?  and which one should I use?

When we looked at our market, customer and user base we found there are different segments of people that use our products.  So with that we have split up these distributions to support  different segments.

Freespire, Freespire is a 100% free distribution.  There is no monetizing of Freespire we dont make any money or revenue from Freespire.  The main audience for Freespire is the Linux community and other users who want a free OS.

Linspire, this version is our completely commercial release.  We sell Linspire and we sell systems with Linspire.  Linspire is aimed at the consumer, education and corporate desktop market.

Now, with Black Lab Enterprise that is aimed at a totally different sector of the market.  Black Lab Enterprise Linux shares a lot of resources with Linspire and Freespire but it is managed in a different way.  No one on the Black Lab Linux team works on Linspire and Freespire.  The Black Lab team is run by a governing board for which elections are held every 24 months.

Black Lab Linux is aimed at the more technical market.  Users migrating from Unix to Linux, parallel computing, power users and users who need more computing power and less desktop oriented operations.


The update process for Linspire and Freespire are a lot different than they are for Black Lab Enterprise Linux. 

Linspire and Freespire are desktop oriented OS's aimed at the desktop market and Freespire will get incremental updates as needed with new releases coming out every 6 months.  Linspire being a commercial distribution will have incremental updates as needed and major releases every 12 to 18 months similar to other Enterprise distributions from Red Hat and Micro Focus.

Black Lab Enterprise Linux being needed for much longer periods of time and being used for workloads that cant be taken offline every 6 months will have incremental updates as needed with security fixes and app fixes with major release updates coming ever 24 months. 


Freespire is available for download, free of charge

Linspire is available for purchase either as a digital download or as a boxed set from

Black Lab Enterprise Linux is available as a free download both in the desktop and server form, but its also available for purchase from the website.

Black Lab Enterprise Desktop

Black Lab Enterprise Server

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Freespire released

Today we are releasing Freespire which is a bug fix and incremental release of the Freespire 3.0 series.  We also added some features and applications that users wanted us to include in the distribution.  With this release we fixed several issues.

  • We included the 4.13.0-32 kernel in the distribution
  • We added a few UI tweaks due to user feedback - The panel is no longer double layered and is single layered now with taskbar buttons grouping together for same tasks or multiple windows
  • We removed Gparted and included the Disk Utility which is a much friendlier and straightforward solution
  • We looked into an issue that a reviewer and one of our insiders claimed to have to where the "release notes" link in the installer was being redirected to an ad or survey site.  While we here in the US were unable to replicate the problem it appears to be a regional one and we took steps to correct the issue which this release does.  As of final testing today the issue appears to be resolved.  In future releases "Release notes" will be provided on disk rather than online
  • Instead of relying on our online help system we have provided a catalog of "Help" documentation which can be accessed via the "Help" icon in the application menu or /usr/share/freespire-docs/ we will be providing this documentation online as well
  • All security updates up until February 7, 2018 have been applied

Added Applications
  • Simple Screen Recorder
  • E-Book Reader
  • Inkscape
  • GNOME Games
  • GNOME Disk Utility

Removed Applications

  • Gparted

You can download the new ISO files from the following location

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.

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