Linspire Offers Free Services to Desktop Linux Users

FreeLinuxEmail's Full-Featured IMAP Email and Net File Storage First of

Many Free Services to Come

Nov 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Linspire, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO and MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire,
 Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the
 same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system,
 announced the first of many free services offered to desktop Linux users
 today. FreeLinuxEmail, an IMAP email and Net file storage service developed
 by Messaging Engine of Melbourne, Australia, provides desktop Linux users a
 free server-based email and file storage service that works with both
 web-based and client-based email. IMAP is a superior email protocol over
 POP systems offered by most free email services. IMAP's server-side
 functionality allows email, folders, drafts, templates, and files to be
 accessed at anytime, from any computer, via the IMAP server. IMAP allows
 you to read, send and manage all your email and folders from multiple
 computers, such as from work, home or from a laptop when on the road, yet
 still use a powerful email client, such as Thunderbird or Evolution.
     "On the heels of Freespire 1.0 and our free CNR Service, we are excited
 to now begin offering several free services to desktop Linux users," said
 Kevin Carmony CEO of Linspire. "FreeLinuxEmail is significant in that it is
 a full-featured IMAP service, not POP or only web-based, like most free
 email offerings. Desktop Linux users tend to be a power-hungry lot, and
 will prefer a free IMAP service. This is only the first of many free
 service offerings that we will be bringing out in the coming months for
 desktop Linux users."
     Integrated into the Linspire and Freespire customized email client,
 based on Mozilla Thunderbird and accessible through an easy-to-use setup
 wizard, FreeLinuxEmail account users will also have immediate access to
 FreeLinuxEmail's fast and powerful web interface that uses IMAP for
 synchronizing email with the user's local email software and SMTP for
 sending mail. In addition, each user will also get a free file storage area
 that is accessible via FTP and other protocols for easily dragging and
 dropping files to or from a user's file storage area. Users are given
 several @domainname options to choose from, such as,, &
     "For every part of our core infrastructure, FreeLinuxEmail relies
 heavily on the security and reliability of open source software," said
 Messaging Engine & FastMail.FM CEO, Jeremy Howard. "With Linspire, it is
 exciting to offer desktop Linux users these same advantages and access to
 the many advantages that IMAP provides. This includes 'push email'
 technology to their mobile devices, as well as fully-synchronized email and
     The FreeLinuxEmail service will be available to both Linspire Five-0
 and Freespire 1.0 users. Users will get a free email account address,
 storage space for incoming emails and the ability to access their email and
 send email from any computer connected to the Internet with a web-browser,
 as well as access email from home/work/away using programs like Mozilla
 Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Eudora and Netscape Messenger. All IMAP
 accounts include a clean and powerful web interface to access email, an
 extensive help system covering all aspects of the service, WAP support to
 read and send emails via most mobile phones, virus service that checks
 received messages on the server, and customizable spam service that
 analyzes received messages.
     FreeLinuxEmail users will be offered two value priced upgrade options
 for greater storage and additional features.
     Mainstream Account: $29.95 per year : 1GB each of email and file
 storage, advanced spam and virus protection, aliases, POP access,
 personalized technical support and more
     Jetstream Account: $99.95 per year : all of the Mainstream account
 features, but with 5GB each of email and file storage.
     About Linspire, Inc.
     Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring choice
 into the operating system market. The company's flag ship 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 access to
 thousands of software programs, each of which can be downloaded and
 installed with just one mouse click. The thousands of software titles
 available in the CNR Warehouse ( include full office
 and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management
 software, accounting tools, and more.
     About Freespire
     Freespire ( is a community-driven, Linux-based
 operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has
 to offer (community driven, freely distributed, open source code, etc.),
 but also provides users the choice of including proprietary codecs drivers
 and applications as they see fit. With Freespire, the choice is yours as to
 what software is installed on your computer, with no limitations or
 restrictions placed on that choice. How you choose to maximize the
 performance of your computer is entirely up to you.
     About Message Engine
     Messaging Engine PTY Ltd (, located in
 Melbourne, Australia, is a recognized industry leader specializing in
 providing powerful and reliable email solutions to individuals and
 professionals around the world. Their flag ship product, FastMail.FM
 (, is one of the top 10 consumer email specialists in the
 world with over 1 million users. FastMail.FM offers a IMAP web based email
 service to individual professionals with powerful "follow-me" technology
 that provides access email from anywhere in the world.
     For more information and interview requests:
     Linspire, Inc.
     858-587-6700 ext 183
     858-587-8095 Fax
 Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click
 appropriate link.
 Kevin Carmony

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