Freespire 8.0: arrives with Google Services integration

Freespire 8.0

Some will remember when it was released Linspire, a distribution that had its controversy, but that was presented years ago as a distro to make life easier for users thanks to its desktop environment similar to Windows and with its popular CNR (Click and Run) system that allowed software to be installed with a single click (a novelty at the time). And as a complementary project came Freespire.

For those of you who don't know, Linspire started out as Lindows 20 years ago. A distro that integrated WINE and facilities for users who came from the Redmond system. However, Microsoft sued, so they had to change the name to Linspire. In 2005, Andrew Betts decided to release a variant of this distro, but without the proprietary parts of Linspire (only FOSS components), called Freespire.

freespire se based on Ubuntu, with Xfce desktop environment, and taking some of the benefits of Linspire. In addition, Linspire is a sponsor of this project, similar to what happens between Chromium OS and Google's Chrome OS, for making a similarity ...

What's new in Freespire 8.0

Once that presentation of this project is done, now let's see what's new in Freespire 8.0:

  • Stable Linux 5.4 kernel.
  • Google Chrome 96 web browser.
  • Pre-installed Google Services:
    • Gmail email client app.
    • Google Docs.
    • GDrive for cloud storage.
    • Google Calendar
    • Google translator.
    • Google News.
  • Xfce 4.16 as a desktop environment.
  • X11 update.
  • Other improvements and bug fixes.

Something very positive for all those who use these services frequently and who will not need to install Android emulators or other things to have them on their desktop. With this, Freespire 8.0 is also close to Chrome OS, so it could also be an alternative to it for those who lack a Chromebook.

Download the ISO by Freespire 8.0

More information - Official website of the project


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