In the next 60 days or so, the folks over at Linspire are promising some major changes, some of which sound real exciting and should make using Linux even easier for us to use. If I am reading this correctly, and I think I am, it sounds like Freespire will be based on Ubuntu version 7.04 Fiesty Fawn. From the statement I received it states:

Freespire OS

The new Freespire 2.0 operating system starts with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) for its baseline, and then integrates the latest KDE, the new CNR, and the latest 3rd-party proprietary software, drivers and codecs for better hardware and multimedia support. Freespire also includes dozens of other changes to make Freespire easier to use. This new OS will be the most current and advanced desktop Linux operating system available anywhere.

I think that it is great news to see Ubuntu and Linspire working together to bring the best possible Linux operating system to us. The biggest benefit is going to be CNR – Click-N-Run. I know, I’ve mentioned this so many times that you might be getting tired of hearing it. But I have used it and it is fantastic. The feature fully explains what softwares are available for Linux, driver updates, and fixes/patches and automatically installs them for you. You are going to like this feature a lot. The newsletter states:

CNR has been completely revamped and will live on its own website, incorporating Web 2.0 technology and begin supporting several other popular Linux distributions. The new CNR Warehouse will be full of the latest and greatest products, and the new infrastructure will make it possible for us to keep products current moving forward.

So it looks like by June we should have all of the latest toys to play with. I think this is going to be a giant shot in the arm for Linux and truly make it a viable alternative to Windows. The simplicity of Ubuntu/Kubuntu and Freespire coupled with CNR technology is going to be the best thing that has happened to Linux in years.

Now if Dell keeps its word and goes with one of these versions using CNR, this could turn out to be a huge step for bringing Linux to the masses. It should be very interesting to see how this all plays out. This might even be a good time for Google to get involved as well. They can call their version Googleux.
And it gets better. IT IS ALL GOING TO BE FOR FREE! 🙂

Full details here.

Comments welcome.

[tags]linux, freespire, ubuntu, kubuntu, CNR, free, [/tags]