Linspire, the company once known as Lindows, has released its latest Linux version, Linspire Five-0. More than a year in the making and with more than 1,200 improvements, the company reckons the new product "boasts enhancements in every core application and provides the most secure, reliable and easy-to-use desktop Linux experience available for home, business and school users."
Highlights include a revised graphical interface, improved laptop and hardware support, Internet optimisation, and dozens of enhanced software applications. Linspire said the OS is "a stable, secure Linux-based operating system that comes complete with major desktop applications", including:
Linspire said the product is easy to install and takes under 10 minutes, after which it provides update notifications for both OS and installed software. However, one reviewer of a late beta product was disappointed with the OS's lack of DVD player and experienced a few minor technical hitches, common with beta products.
Features and benefits:
Linspire said Five-0 is available for download and will be available in more than 1,000 retail outlets in the US later this month.