Linspire released a free version called FreeSpire yesterday:
Get it at http://www.freespire.org
Freespire is a community-driven, Linux-based 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. With Freespire, the choice is yours as to what software is installed on your 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.
And faster you than you can blink an eye a VMWare Appliance popped up for it:
Applications installed on the Appliance are:Thunderbird email, Firefox browser, Complete Office Suite (OpenOffice 2.0), Instant Messaging, Digital Music (LSongs), Digital Photo Management (LPhoto), Advanced Wireless Capability, Plug and Play ready, Web Publishing tools (NVU)
Everything you need to get started!