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. Freespire 2.0 begins with Ubuntu as its baseline and then adds software
from six broad categories, further expanding Freespire's capabilities:
1. CNR Plugin provides free one-click access to thousands of open
source applications, as well as options for legally licensed DVD
playback software, Sun's StarOffice, Parallels Workstation, Win4Lin,
CodeWeaver's Crossover Office, TransGaming's Cedega, commercial games
and many more.
2. KDE is added for an easier-to-use and more comfortable interface,
with a familiar look & feel for Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows
3. Enhanced applications and features are added for enhanced usability
and ease of use, modifying software applications like Firefox and
Thunderbird, along with adding Linspire-sponsored open source software
like Nvu, Lsongs and Lphoto.
4. Proprietary software is added when necessary, like Java, Flash and
Adobe Acrobat, to provide overall increased interoperability.
5. Proprietary codecs are added to expand multimedia compatibility and
provide a superior overall experience so users can listen to MP3 files,
play Windows Media files, and much more.
6. Proprietary drivers are added to expand hardware compatibility and
provide optimum 3D graphic card support, better WiFi support, and more.
Freespire believes that each individual should be free to choose what
software is installed on their 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.
Freespire believes technology does not need to be complicated to be
powerful. Freespire strives through new and innovative thinking to find
ways to keep the operating system secure, stable and powerful for
developers and sophisticated Linux devotees, yet easy enough for
someone new to Linux.
To interoperate with Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers,
Freespire is designed to be completely "out-of-the-box" compatible with
all of the popular Internet, office suite and media file types found in
computing today, including doc, xls, ppt, mp3, avi, pdf, swf, mpg, wmv,
jav, and many more.
Freespire comes pre-loaded and ready to support MP3, Real,
QuickTime, Windows Media, Java, Flash, and more. No more hunting
around, buying, licensing and then installing all the different
multimedia support software. Everything is already licensed and ready
to run, with optional DVD support just a click away with CNR.
Freespire provides the most extensive hardware support available for
desktop Linux, including drivers from ATI, nVidia, Intel, and others.
Thousands of peripherals are supported without requiring the messy
installation of drivers or other software. Just plug in the device and
go. You can even keep your drivers up-to-date automatically with CNR's
Update Service or apt.
Freespire supports the latest 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking.
Customizable profiles let you effortlessly shift between home, work and
other networks without bothering with any messy configuration screens.
Based on Linux, Freespire is inherently very stable and secure from
viruses, spyware and other malicious software delivered over the
Internet. Freespire defaults to user login (not root) and also comes
pre-configured with a strict, built-in firewall for additional