Freespire is a community-driven, Debian-based desktop Linux operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer (community driven, freely distributed, open source code, etc.), but also provides users the choice of including proprietary codecs, drivers and applications as they see fit.

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. (Please note that the following messages pertain to the regular version of Freespire, and not all of the features listed will apply to Freespire's OSS Edition.)

Freespire provides a "free marketplace" for any and all Linux software, including proprietary, open source, free, and commercial products. As with any free market, all vendors are "free" to participate and offer their wares, and the buyer is "free" to choose from the different wares without limitations or restrictions on their choice.

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.

CNR is a one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux applications, libraries and packages.The CNR Service allows you to easily download hundreds of the most popular software programs for your Freespire computer with a graphical interface offering one-click installing, uninstalling and updating. If preferred, Freespire users may also use apt-get to freely install programs from the CNR Warehouse or other software repositories.

Once connected to the web, Freespire's specialized versions of Firefox and Thunderbird provide all you'll need for web browsing and email. Of course, you can always install a different browser or email program from the CNR Warehouse using CNR or apt-get. Freespire even provides a utility for switching which browser and email client you wish as your system-wide default.

Before you begin, check the minimum System Requirements and back up all sensitive data. After you have downloaded Freespire and burned the ISO onto a CD, follow these ten easy steps. Further assistance is available at the Freespire Forums. A detailed description of the installation is also available.


In order to install Freespire you must have:

  • PC with 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB of RAM (512 MB or higher recommended for best performance)
    • Note: with shared video 256 MB of RAM may result in a less than optimum experience, 512 MB is the minimum in those cases.
    • Note: using emulators (Crossover Office, Parallels, Win4Lin, etc.) is RAM intensive, so minimum recommended is 512 MB (1 GB for optimum performance).
  • Hard drive with 4 GB free space (for the OS - not including software installs)
  • SVGA or higher resolution and monitor (3-D graphics accelerator card for some games, screen savers, etc.)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive (The computer must support booting from the CD or DVD drive. Most modern computers can do this.)
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • Linspire/Freespire-compatible sound card and speakers or headphones
  • Linspire/Freespire-compatible 56 Kbps hardware modem, cable modem, or DSL modem
  • Ethernet card for Internet/LAN connectivity

Installation Guide :

  1. Place Freespire in your computer's CD-ROM drive
  2. Restart the computer
  3. Hit Enter when INSTALL Freespire on this computer's hard drive is highlighted
  4. Click Next at the welcome page
  5. Select your keyboard layout and click Next
  6. There will be two options:
    1. If you wish to Take over an entire hard disk select that option and click Next. If you don't have more then one hard drive skip to step 8.
    2. If you wish to perform an Advanced install select that option, click Next, and continue to step 7.
  7. Select a pre-made partition that you wish to use for Freespire. Determine if Freespire should write the MBR then click Next
  8. Fill out the form and click Next
  9. Verify the setup and click Finish
  10. Click Yes I'm Sure

Congratulations, you are now installing Freespire! When the installation has completed click Ok, remove the CD, and hit Enter.


Download FreeSpire 2
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Download Freespire 2.0.8 via BitTorrent

You must have a BitTorrent program installed to use this option. Please refer to the help page which explains how to use BitTorrent.

Released on November 30th, 2007
Download: Freespire-i386-2.0.8-Install
Version: 2.0.8
Size: 683.94 MB
MD5 Checksum: 2952b8276df6049bab85db1e5100b516
Note: Freespire 2.0.8 supports both Live CD Boot and Install : "Freespire 2.0"

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