Web site: www.squiggleos.org (not active)
Origin: UK
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Linspire
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.1.110 | September 17, 2005

SquiggleOS (previously: Freespire) – a Linux distribution built from publicly available open source packages provided by Linspire, a prominent North American Linux vendor.

SquiggleOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor’s redistribution policies and aims to be 100% binary compatible. SquiggleOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.

The Freespire was a name of a separate, free version of Linspire Linux distribution. Andrew Betts having released a distribution by the same name late 2005. Linspire asked Betts to change the name, and SquiggleOS was born (and has died too, no one is currently developing SquiggleOS). Betts was asked to contribute to the official Freespire project, serving on Linspire’s Freespire Leadership Board.

Description source: distrowatch.com & tectonic.co.za


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Web site: linspire.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Ubuntu
Wikipedia: Linspire
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 6.0 | October 10, 2007

Linspire (previously: LindowsOS) – a commercial operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and later on Ubuntu by Linspire, Inc.
it was focused on ease-of-use and targeting home computer users.

Linspire features exclusive Click-N-Run (CNR) technology that makes installing software on Linspire fast and easy.

Lindows, Inc. was founded in August 2001 by Michael Robertson.
Lindows main claim to fame was its status as the first pre-installed Linux to be sold in Wal-Mart.

On July 1, 2008, Linspire changed the company’s name to Digital Cornerstone, and them was bought by Xandros.
On August8, 2008, the Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos announced that it was going to revamp community distribution Freespire, basing its next version on Debian instead of Ubuntu, and using it as a precursor for Xandros Desktop Professional.
Both Xandros Desktop Professional and Freespire would be built on a Debian “Lenny” code base.

Linspire was purchased by PC/OpenSystems in 2017 and is available as a commercial distribution, so it is under active development back.

The Linspire screenshot source: Wikipedia.org


Linspire Live 4.5.453 i386 549MB.iso
md5sum: 83c30c620fc5be0efa848af60d286a74

Linspire 5.0 i386 673MB.iso
md5sum: 5153144b53f91c6c40a5dded85bb929c

Linspire 5.0 Extras 732MB.iso
md5sum: b34e13cfd5c1c701f5a82448859b35ef