Linspire 7, a distribution that stops being Lindows

Freespire 3 and Linspire 7

As a result of shifting operating system users, various developers and companies decided to create Gnu / Linux distributions that look like Windows and run Windows applications. These distributions were called Lindows. The most famous Windows distributions have been ReactOS and Linspire. However, one of them is no longer Lindows to be one of the distributions that are based on Ubuntu.

Linspire has launched Linspire 7 and Freespire 3, two versions of the same operating system. The first corresponds to a paid distribution (yes, although it sounds strange, that exists) and Freespire 3 is a free version of the previous one that lacks some functions, including support and maintenance.

Linspire 7 is based on Ubuntu LTS on which Google Chrome, Wine and a couple of other emulators have been introduced that allow you to install some Windows applications such as Microsoft Office or some video games. Linspire 7 will have support until 2025, but the premium version will not have full support until that date but for a year. Thus, Linspire 7 users will have to pay a license of 80 dollars and in return they will receive premium support and fast updates, during a year; after that, they either continue to pay for the license or they stop receiving the features of a premium user.

Freespire 3 is a free version of Linspire 7 and it also lacks some software that Linspire 7 does have, something that we can overcome thanks to the terminal and external repositories. They will also not have fast support and updates.

Linspire as a lindows distribution attracted a lot of attention, but not now and that may mean that the project disappears. Since what they offer now, users and companies, can find it totally free and with greater support than that offered by the company PC / OpenSystems (the company behind Linspire). In any case, the existence of Lindows distributions is questioned Are they really necessary? Do users and companies really use and search for them? What do you think?


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  1.   Alexandros said

    They are necessary for those people who come from windows and who are just entering the world of linux. Today zorin fully meets this demand in a very good way, and even the paid version, zorin ultimate, for only 19 euros, (quite reasonable figure) gives all the necessary support.

  2.   Night Vampire said

    But ReacOS is not a Linux distribution, or am I confused?

  3.   Eduardo Carlos Perez said

    I do not think it is necessary, the one who changes the OS is because he wants to change for something new, different and Linux is a good option. Its installation is simple, anyone who has installed Windows can install a Linux distribution. I downloaded a lot but I prefer Mint.