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 @freelinuxemail.com, @tryoutlinux.com, & @freespire.org. "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 folders." 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. (www.linspire.com) 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 (www.linspire.com/cnr) include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more. About Freespire Freespire (www.freespire.org) 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 (www.messagingengine.com), 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 (www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Kevin Carmony http://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=40930
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