Freespire is a free version of the popular Linux distribution called Linspire. The goal of Freespire is to gain a large Linux audience by making it easy to switch from other Operating Systems. Here are a few things that Freespire Beta 1 uses to make the transition easy:
- Freedom of choice, with a mix of FOSS (free open source software) and 3rd-part, legally licensed, proprietary software.
- Multimedia support of MP3, Windows Media, QuickTime, Real, Java, Flash, etc. You should be able to use all of these files, right out of the box, without doing anything: http://linspire.com/filetypes
- Plug-N-Play hardware support from nVidia, ATI, Intel, and many others, right out of the box, without installing anything.
It is quite impressive that they have the Plug-N-Play support for the popular hardware manufacturers. Another included feature that has made Linspire great is the CNR (Click-N-Run) Warehouse which makes it easy for users to select software from a virtual warehouse and get it installed for you. They have a variety of freeware and shareware available for users to choose from there.
Alright, so if you want to download Beta 1 you can head over and download it. More information on this release can also be found here. This is the first release and it is about 2-weeks ahead of schedule. While this is considered to be Beta 1 they are trying to get some improvements and bug fixes in before it is officially released.