If you’ve been thinking of using Linux on your desktop computers, which I DO NOT recommend for most small businesses you might want to check out Linspire’s latest offering.
Linspire, Inc. today announced the release of its latest operating system, Linspire Five-0. More than a year in the making and with more than 1,200 improvements, the newest version of Linspire boasts enhancements in every core application. Highlights include a completely revised and streamlined graphical interface, improved laptop and hardware support, significant Internet optimization, and dozens of enhanced software applications to provide a complete user experience. The new Linspire Five-0 operating system is available immediately via digital download from www.linspire.com/buylinspire and will be available in more than 1,000 retail outlets later this month.
Linspire’s press release reads – “For more than a year, we’ve analyzed and studied the user experience to create a Linux product suitable for the mass market,” said Michael Robertson, CEO of Linspire, Inc. “Linspire Five-0 is so easy to use, it finally makes Linux practical for anyone — from a Fortune 500 executive to a kid researching a school essay.”
Linspire Five-0 is a stable, secure Linux-based operating system that comes complete with major desktop applications, including OpenOffice.org (a Microsoft file-compatible office suite); Web browser, e-mail and instant messaging clients; multimedia viewers; photo and music managers; calendaring tools; and more. Access to additional software and applications is available through Linspire’s innovative CNR (“click and run”) Warehouse, a software library where users can download and install more than 2,000 Linux programs in seconds with just one mouse click. For more information about CNR, visit www.linspire.com/cnrservice.
Linspire Five-0 is effortless to install and update. A new install of the operating system typically takes under 10 minutes. Once installed, Linspire Five-0’s new “total system update” feature provides update notifications for both the operating system and all installed software. Users may then update manually or choose to have CNR Technology install updates automatically anytime they are available. Furthermore, customers with earlier versions of Linspire can upgrade to Linspire Five-0 without losing any stored data. For more about Linspire Five-0, go to www.linspire.com/os.
Linspire Five-0 Features and Benefits:
* Complete operating system: Built on Linux kernel 2.6.10; includes
KDE 3.3 plus integrated office suite, Web browser, e-mail client,
instant messenger, and more
* Improved security: New built-in VPN; new encrypted “wallet” for
storing passwords and other personal information; pre-configured
firewall; enhanced virus resistance with optional VirusSafe service
* Advanced hardware support: Easy plug and play support for removable
media use; one-step diagnostic reporting; broader video support with
X.org 6.8.2; sound system with real-time mixing support
* New, exclusive look and feel: Graphical user interface and themed
Linspire environment; enhanced and expanded voice-narrated “How-To”
* Advanced Internet optimization: New Hot Words integrated search
feature; built-in automatic spell checking in all Web applications
including in email, Web browser and instant messenger; built-in
BitTorrent support; new AOL dialer; enhanced firewall; MailMinder
* Improved laptop support: WiFi profiles for mobility; Intel Centrino
compatibility and AMD PowerNow; new wireless control panel and access
* Improved support for schools and businesses: OpenOffice 1.1.3 office
suite; improved networking; Lassist Suite (Reminders, MailMinder,
Calendar, Address Book); Nvu Web authoring system
* Improvements for home users: Lsongs Music Manager and Lphoto Photo
Manager; RealPlayer 10; PhoneGaim Instant Messenger with free
long-distance phone calls; Marble Blast Gold arcade game
* Expanded support for popular Internet, office and media file types:
Supports QuickTime, Windows Media, Flash, Java, Real,.doc,.xls,
.ppt,.mp3,.pdf,.mpg, etc. (complete list of supported filetypes at