Linspire still starts in 2020 as a Linux distribution formerly known as “Lindows” more than ten years ago. Linspire 8.7 was released today with a renewed focus on trying to migrate legacy Windows PCs to Linux.
After the original Linspire passed out a decade ago after its name change to Lindows following a lawsuit from Microsoft, Linspire was born in 2018 under a new owner. He has seen new versions for this commercial Linux distribution and this week marks version 8.7.
Compared to the previous version of Linspire 8.5, the current version of Linspire 8.7 switches to MATE as the default desktop rather than KDE Plasma 5. They argue that MATE is more familiar to older Windows users. “using the Mate desktop to provide a more traditional desktop experience for Windows 7 and Windows 10 users. Spartan but very comprehensive, MATE offers a way forward for Windows 7 users whose systems may be unable to run Windows 10 effectively / efficiently.”
Linspire 8.7 ships with MATE 1.20.1 while using the Linux 5.3 LTS kernel and shipping applications like VLC, OnlyOffice, Google Chrome, Skype, Microsoft PowerShell and other applications.
Linspire 8.7 is sold for $ 29.99 USD with twelve months of package updates and support. The curious can find out more at LinspireLinux.com.