Linspire Launches World's Easiest Desktop Linux, Linspire Five-0 Expansive System-Wide Improvements Result in Practical, Affordable Operating

System for Homes, Businesses and Schools

    SAN DIEGO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc. today announced the
 release of its latest operating system, Linspire Five-0.  More than a year in
 the making and with more than 1,200 improvements, the newest version of
 Linspire boasts enhancements in every core application and provides the most
 secure, reliable and easy-to-use desktop Linux experience available for home,
 business and school users.  Highlights include a completely revised and
 streamlined graphical interface, improved laptop and hardware support,
 significant Internet optimization, and dozens of enhanced software
 applications to provide a complete user experience.  The new Linspire Five-0
 operating system is available immediately via digital download from and will be available in more than 1,000 retail
 outlets later this month.
     "For more than a year, we've analyzed and studied the user experience to
 create a Linux product suitable for the mass market," said Michael Robertson,
 CEO of Linspire, Inc.  "Linspire Five-0 is so easy to use, it finally makes
 Linux practical for anyone -- from a Fortune 500 executive to a kid
 researching a school essay."
     Linspire Five-0 is a stable, secure Linux-based operating system that
 comes complete with major desktop applications, including (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 innovative CNR ("click and run") Warehouse, a software
 library where users can download and install more than 2,000 Linux programs in
 seconds with just one mouse click.  For more information about CNR, visit
     Linspire Five-0 is effortless to install and update.  A new install of the
 operating system typically takes under 10 minutes.  Once installed, Linspire
 Five-0's new "total system update" feature provides update notifications for
 both the operating system and all installed software.  Users may then update
 manually or choose to have CNR Technology install updates automatically
 anytime they are available.  Furthermore, customers with earlier versions of
 Linspire can upgrade to Linspire Five-0 without losing any stored data.  For
 more about Linspire Five-0, go to
     Linspire Five-0 Features and Benefits:
      *  Complete operating system: Built on Linux kernel 2.6.10; includes
         KDE 3.3 plus integrated office suite, Web browser, e-mail client,
         instant messenger, and more
      *  Improved security: New built-in VPN; new encrypted "wallet" for
         storing passwords and other personal information; pre-configured
         firewall; enhanced virus resistance with optional VirusSafe service
      *  Advanced hardware support: Easy plug and play support for removable
         media use; one-step diagnostic reporting; broader video support with 6.8.2; sound system with real-time mixing support
      *  New, exclusive look and feel: Graphical user interface and themed
         Linspire environment; enhanced and expanded voice-narrated "How-To"
      *  Advanced Internet optimization: New Hot Words integrated search
         feature; built-in automatic spell checking in all Web applications
         including in email, Web browser and instant messenger; built-in
         BitTorrent support; new AOL dialer; enhanced firewall; MailMinder
      *  Improved laptop support: WiFi profiles for mobility; Intel Centrino
         compatibility and AMD PowerNow; new wireless control panel and access
         point locater
      *  Improved support for schools and businesses: OpenOffice 1.1.3 office
         suite; improved networking; Lassist Suite (Reminders, MailMinder,
         Calendar, Address Book); Nvu Web authoring system
      *  Improvements for home users: Lsongs Music Manager and Lphoto Photo
         Manager; RealPlayer 10; PhoneGaim Instant Messenger with free
         long-distance phone calls; Marble Blast Gold arcade game
      *  Expanded support for popular Internet, office and media file types:
         Supports QuickTime, Windows Media, Flash, Java, Real, .doc, .xls,
         .ppt, .mp3, .pdf, .mpg, etc. (complete list of supported filetypes at
     For a detailed list of new features in Linspire Five-0, please visit
     Availability and Pricing:
     Linspire Five-0 is available immediately for digital download at Two versions of Linspire Five-0 are available:
 Linspire Five-0 Digital for $49.95, and Linspire Five-0 Digital CNR Edition
 (includes subscription to the CNR Service) for $89.95. Boxed versions of
 Linspire Five-0 will be available at more than 1,000 retailers nationwide
 later this month. Linspire Five-0 is currently available in English, and will
 be available in British English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish and German by
 the second quarter of 2005 with other languages to follow. For more
 information or to purchase Linspire Five-0, visit
      For more information, please contact:
      Heather MacKenzie
      Linspire, Inc.
      858-587-6700, ext. 263
      858-587-8095 Fax
     About Linspire, Inc.
     Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring choice into
 the operating system market.  The company's flagship product, the Linspire
 operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system
 for home, school, and business users.  Linspire pioneered CNR (click and run)
 Technology, which allows Linspire users to download and install thousands of
 software programs with just one mouse click.  The nearly 2,000 software titles
 available in the CNR Warehouse ( include full office and
 productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software,
 accounting tools, and more.
     CNR, CNR Technology, CNR Warehouse, Hot Words, Lassist, Linspire, Linspire
 Five-0, LinspireLive, Lphoto, Lsongs, MailMinder, Nvu, SurfSafe, VirusSafe,
 and "The World's Easiest Desktop Linux" are trademarks of Linspire, Inc. All
 other marks herein may be property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Linspire, Inc.

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