Gonna do something I have not done for a long time: a review.
I obtained the new Linspire CE Office365 operating system from linspirelinux.com and “burned” it to my USB flash drive and installed it on my laptop.
The installation process is as straightforward as an installation of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu. (Linspire CE Office365 uses the KDE Plasma 5 desktop, so if you’re familiar with Kubuntu, you should be familiar with Linspire CE Office365.)
Once you boot into the installed system, you are greeted with a very beautilful and elegant desktop. (Linspire has always had a beautiful desktop dating back to the Linspire 4,5 and Linspire Five-0 days.)
Linspire CE Office365 is sort of a barebones edition of Linspire compared to Linspire 7.0 SP1. It includes only a few essential apps (Google Chrome, VLC, and Skype) and some built-in Microsoft-centric web apps, namely the Microsoft Office365 suite, Microsoft OneDrive, and Microsoft Outlook Web.
The system is very easy to use and runs very well on my laptop which has 8 GB RAM, a quad-core Intel i5 CPU running at 2.67 GHz, and a 2 TB hard disk drive.
As with past editions of Linspire, you have full compatibility with most – if not all – popular multimedia codecs including MP3, Quicktime, MP4, and AVI. (I have not tested encrypted DVD playback.)
If you want to install offline apps such as LibreOffice, you can easily do so in a terminal using sudo apt install [package name], the Synaptic Package Manager, or the included App Grid app store. (I have reason to believe that Linspire’s upcoming revived Click N Run – CNR – service will be based on App Grid.)
Linspire CE Office365 is not free, however. Linspire CE Office365 – and the regular Linspire CE – costs $59.99 to download.
One thing I did after installing Linspire CE Office365 was to install the Linux 4.15.0-22-generic kernel as well as add the KDE Neon repository to update KDE Plasma 5 to version 5.12. KDE Plasma 5.12 is a welcome upgrade as it includes several new features and new widgets not included with version 5.8 which is included with Linspire CE Office365. KDE Plasma 5.12 includes an “icon-only task manager” widget for your taskbar which lets you pin apps to the taskbar just like Windows 7 and Windows 10.
I have to say I am very pleased with the performance of Linspire CE Office365. I appreciate how the system allows you to use web apps in tandem with offline apps.