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Linspire's Desktop Linux hits main street retail

Posted on 6-Apr-2005 22:58 | Filed under: News


Linspire, Inc. has announced the availability of its new desktop Linux operating system, Linspire Five-0, at more than 1,000 major national retail stores. These include electronics retailers such as Best Buy, CompUSA, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center and J & R Computer World.

The new version features enhancements in every core application and provides an easy-to-use desktop Linux experience.

Linspire Five-0 is available at featured retailers in two boxed versions: the US$59.95 Linspire Five-0 version including the complete operating system CDs and QuickStart guide; and the US$99.95 Linspire Five-0 CNR Edition including CDs, QuickStart guide and a one-year subscription to the CNR Service.

Linspire Five-0 is a Linux-based operating system that comes complete with major desktop applications, including OpenOffice.org (a Microsoft file-compatible office suite); Web browser, e-mail and instant messaging clients; multimedia viewers; photo and music managers; calendaring tools; and more. Access to additional software and applications is available through Linspire's CNR ("click and run") Warehouse, a software library where users can download and install more than 2,000 Linux programs with just one mouse click.

"Our goal is to see Linux software, PCs and laptops prominently displayed in every major computer store," Robertson said. "This week more than 1,000 stores, some of which are carrying desktop Linux for the first time, are now selling Linspire Five-0. This is an incredible endorsement for the maturation of desktop Linux."