March 16, 2005

Linspire Launches Five-0

Anonymous Reader writes "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, 2005 - 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 www.linspire.com/buylinspire 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 OpenOffice.org (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 www.linspire.com/cnrservice.

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 www.linspire.com/os.

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 X.org
    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"
    tutorials
  • 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 service
  • 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
    www.linspire.com/filetypes)

For a detailed list on new features in Linspire Five-0, please visit www.linspire.com/newfeatures.

Availability and Pricing:

Linspire Five-0 is available immediately for digital download at www.linspire.com/buylinspire. 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 by the end of the 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 www.linspire.com.

For more information, please contact:

Heather MacKenzie
Linspire, Inc.
858-587-6700, ext. 263
858-587-8095 Fax
pr@linspireinc.com

About Linspire, Inc.

Linspire, Inc. (www.linspire.com) 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 (www.linspire.com/cnr) 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."

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