Roberto Dohnert informs 9to5Linux about the general availability of the Freespire 6.0 operating system release, which encourages Windows 7 users to switch to GNU/Linux.
Coming six months after the previous release, Freespire 6.0 “Lobo” ships with the lightweight MATE desktop environment, which is highly customized to resemble the look and feel of the Windows 7 desktop.
With this release, users who don’t have PCs powerful enough to run Windows 10 are encouraged to migrate to Freespire, which is fully supported by the community and offers a great alternative to the deprecated Windows 7 OS, which Microsoft no longer supports.
“With Windows 7 at the end of life, many people have PCs which may not be optimal for Windows 10; now is a good time to migrate to one of the most recognized desktop Linux distributions, which is optimized for just these sorts of PCs,” said Roberto Dohnert.
What’s new in Freespire 6.0
Freespire 6.0 comes only with free/libre applications, including the Chromium web browser, Abiword word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, Parole media player, Shotwell image viewer and organizer, Transmission BitTorrent client, Ice SSB as well as Synaptic and Software Center package managers.
It also ships with Ice SSB (Site-Specific Browser), a free tool that lets users integrate modern Web Apps into their desktop environments. Under the hood, this release is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series and uses the Linux 5.3 kernel.
Freespire 6.0 is freely available and can be downloaded right now using the link below. It is also available as a pre-installed bootable USB key, which you can buy from the release announcement page for $15.99 USD.
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