Roberto Dohnert has announced the release of Freespire 8.0, the latest update of the project’s Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop. The new version continues to be based on Ubuntu’s latest long-term support release, version 20.04: “Today, the PC/OpenSystems LLC FOSS development team has released Freespire 8.0, an update which delivers much needed system enhancements and security fixes.
Once again we have let users decide; they have spoken and we have included all the most-requested Google services – Calendar, Docs and Gmail. For more traditional use cases, Freespire core has not changed at all – it’s still a full-featured desktop OS, with all of the applications and resources of the Ubuntu repositories available as always. Freespire does not incorporate any proprietary media codecs and aside from Google Chrome, there are no other vendor-specific software applications pre-installed at all. Freespire 8.0 features a new stable kernel which fixes bugs and broadens hardware support.
Google Chrome 96 includes security patches and other general browser improvements. We have upgraded Xfce 4.16, X11, Samba and other system fundamentals, including non-UEFI and secure boot systems.” Here is the full release announcement with screenshots. Download: freespire-8.iso (1,436MB, SHA256, pkglist).