Linspire Five-0
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 25 March 2005. Page 1 of 4. Add A Comment
Linus Torvalds wrote on Usenet of August 25, 1991 "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since April, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things)." Little did he know it would turn into more than just a simple "hobby" but an entire Linux movement, or Freax which he had planned to call it back in the day. Since the release of the Linux kernel there have been literally hundreds of different distributions to be shared among open source enthusiasts. Although a good majority of the distributions are free to download, there is also some that charge for being able to download the full distribution and the available packages. Some of the reasons for charging is to include certain codecs/packages while not violating license restrictions, offer its users tech support, and for the developers to make a buck or two along the way. One of these pay distributions that have been around for a couple of years has been Linspire or better known as Lindows. The key of Lindows is the ease of use by stitching the gap between Linux and Microsoft Windows. Lindows can even be found on budget priced desktops and laptops at Wal-Mart. Another unique feature of Linspire is the CNR Warehouse. The CNR, Click-N-Run, Warehouse is basically a paid area where you can easily download over 1,900 applications to your Linspire machine without spending time compiling them or much less getting them to operate properly. Recently on March 16, 2005 Linspire Five-0 (5.0) was released and is the focus of this review.

Features:

· 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" tutorials
· 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 service
· Improved laptop support: WiFi profiles for mobility; Intel Centrino compatibility and AMD PowerNow; new wireless control panel and access point locater
· 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...



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