Linspire Revs Linux OS

San Diego-based Linspire, the consumer-focused Linux operating system firm, revealed a new version of its free Linux distribution today. Linspire said that its Freespire 2.0 Linux release is based on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, and adds the firm's proprietary drivesr, codecs, and applications for a better user experience. Among the features of the release are Freespire's set of expanded multimedia support, which includes Windows Media, Real Networks, and MP3 support; its CNR software download application; and tools for Microsoft Word interoperability. Linspire's Linux operating system releases are focused on desktop applications; the company's Freespire software is a free version of Linspire's Linspire OS Linux release, which it sells to end users and OEMs.