Today we have released the Freespire 4.0 Beta 1 build. This release is again, based on Ubuntu 18.04 and this build has an exciting feature for us. We are extremely happy to present it. You can download the build from here
This is the most attractive Budgie desktop I have ever seen. All it needs is a more attractive default desktop wallpaper. I'm really liking this.
One thing I hope to see soon is a new version of Bodhi Builder made for the 18.04 code base because with Bodhi Builder, it doesn't tack on the 18.04/16.04 version number to the install icon. (For example, instead of "Install Freespire 18.04", it would say something like "Install Freespire 4.0".) I tried to remaster my customized Xubuntu 18.04 with Bodhi Builder, and when I tried to install the remaster on my test computer, the installer crashed during the hard disk formatting portion. But when I use Bodhi Builder to remaster my customized Xubuntu 16.04, it will install with no problems whatsoever.
Perhaps PC/OpenSystems could fork Bodhi Builder exclusively for internal use to remaster Linspire and Freespire.
There is a version of Bodhi Builder available for 18.04-based systems, but it also installs Bodhi Linux's Ubiquity slideshow which can be modified at /usr/share/ubiquity-slideshow/slides. Would love to see Linspire and Freespire with their own Ubiquity slideshows touting their many features.
I discovered another flaw with the recent build of Bodhi Builder for 18.04-based systems. If you have any PPAs or third-party repositories installed and build your system with "bodhibuilder dist", your PPAs will not be retained when you reinstall the system from the generated ISO. At least Pinguy Builder retains your PPAs and third-party repos.