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
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.
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.
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