SOURCE: Xandros, Inc.

August 06, 2008 08:00 ET

Freespire Returns to Debian Roots

Debian Lenny-Based Freespire 5 to Spearhead Xandros Consolidated Desktop Strategy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Xandros, Inc., the leading provider of custom OEM Linux solutions, next-generation Linux desktop and server products, and advanced cross-platform Windows-Linux management tools, today announced that the Xandros Freespire 5, arriving Q4 2008, will be based on the Debian GNU/Linux "Lenny" release. The move spearheads a new Xandros consolidated desktop strategy following last month's acquisition of Linspire, developer of the CNR software distribution facility, and the Linspire and Freespire Linux desktop operating systems currently based on Ubuntu Linux. Freespire 5 will be followed by Xandros Desktop Professional 5, built on the same open source code base with additional commercial elements primarily for enterprise customers.

"This is really some of the most exciting news since the announcement of Freespire 1.0," said Tom House, Freespire community organizer. "This is what we were hoping to see... both the continued development of Freespire and a return to a Debian base."

"A combined Xandros/Linspire development effort will return Freespire to its Debian GNU/Linux roots and put it in sync with Xandros Desktop Pro," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "We will have a leading edge code base while preserving our commitment to Debian, stability, Windows interoperability, and ease of use. This commitment allows us to meet the needs of a wide range of users, from open source enthusiasts to demanding enterprise clients. In addition, we are intensifying our commitment to the Freespire open source community, which will now help to drive both the Freespire and Xandros products."

About Freespire

Freespire is a community-involved, Linux-based operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer with the freedom to choose proprietary codecs, drivers and applications as users see fit. For more information, please visit

About Xandros

Xandros, Inc. is a leading provider of mixed-environment BridgeWays management tools and intuitive Linux solutions including SMB and enterprise servers, consumer and business desktops, custom OEM solutions, and content delivery from digital warehouses. Xandros subsidiary Scalix provides the premier e-mail, calendaring and messaging solutions based on open standards and open source. Xandros fosters Linux adoption with graphical products that leverage existing skill sets while providing seamless Windows-Linux interoperability. Xandros server and management tools feature workflow automation and centralized remote deployment and administration. The company is headquartered in New York with research and development facilities in Ottawa, Europe, and Mumbai, and sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, please visit

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