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February 8, 2007

Canonical and Linspire Announce Technology Partnership

Filed under: Kubuntu, Linspire, Ubuntu, xubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:00 pm

Canonical and Linspire Announce Technology Partnership

 Linspire to Base Linspire/Freespire on Ubuntu and Canonical to Use the CNR
                 Commercial Software E-Commerce Technology

    LONDON and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Canonical Ltd, the lead
sponsor of the popular Ubuntu operating system, and Linspire, Inc. the
developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same
name, today announced plans for a technology partnership that integrates
core competencies from each company into the other's open source Linux
    Linspire will transition from Debian to Ubuntu as the base for their
Linspire and Freespire desktop operating systems.
(http://www.linspire.com/OSblocks). This will mean that Linspire users will
benefit from Ubuntu's fast moving development cycles and focus on
usability. The Freespire community will start seeing early releases of
Freespire 2.0 based on Ubuntu in the first quarter of 2007, with the final
release expected in the 2nd quarter of 2007, following the official release
of Ubuntu 7.04 in April.
    "Ubuntu is the most successful community-based Linux project to date,"
said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire. "They have done a fantastic job with
the development community and creating tools for utilizing their
technology. It made a tremendous amount of sense to partner with Canonical
and begin basing our desktop Linux offerings on Ubuntu."
    Linspire will continue combining proprietary drivers, codecs and
applications with open source software by default in their operating
systems. This approach, unique among Linux distributions, offers
out-of-the-box support for a broader range of software, hardware and
multimedia file types than the Debian or Ubuntu baseline alone. Linspire
will continue adding other unique features that are important to its users
and that make the Linspire desktop Linux easy to use and a turn-key
solution for OEMs.
    "This technology partnership goes a long way in advancing and unifying
the Linux desktop," said Carmony. "Linux faces many challenges as it
competes in a world historically dominated by Microsoft Windows, so there
is plenty of work to go around and we're pleased to be able to offer
differentiation and choice, while reducing fragmentation."
    "The very nature of Free Software development is based on sharing and
collaboration," commented Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. "The less
time, energy and resources Canonical and Linspire spend duplicating
efforts, the more time we'll all have for unique improvements and
innovation. We're pleased to see another key Linux distribution
incorporating our work with Ubuntu."
    In addition, Ubuntu users will gain access to the Linspire CNR
e-commerce and software delivery technology. Linspire recently announced
plans to make their CNR technology available for other Linux distributions
in addition to their own Linspire and Freespire offerings
(http://www.cnr.com/press.html). Today's announcement confirms that Ubuntu
will be the first distribution to be supported.
    Beginning with Ubuntu's 7.04 release in April of this year, Ubuntu
users will be able to use the CNR client to download and install commercial
programs and proprietary media drivers with one click of the mouse. In the
future, Canonical plans to integrate aspects of the CNR technology so the
purchase of commercial software is straightforward for desktop users.
    "Over the past few years, Linspire has refined their e-commerce and
software delivery technology with their CNR service," continued
Shuttleworth. "For some time, we've been planning enhancements to Ubuntu's
commercial software management, and it was only natural to take advantage
of Linspire's new, open CNR technology rather than duplicating that work."
    Ubuntu users will continue to have the same repository and installation
options as before, but will enjoy expanded capabilities with the
incorporation of the new CNR technology features such as access to a range
of commercial consumer applications, multimedia support and games.
    "This partnership will enable us to provide commercial software
products and services such as legally licensed DVD and media players to
users who want them," noted Steve George, Director of Support and Services
for Canonical.
    For additional information see the FAQ section at
    About Canonical and Ubuntu
    Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global
organization headquartered in Europe committed to the development,
distribution, and support of open source software products and communities.
World class commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's
Global Support Services team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004
Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions, with
millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download,
free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind,
Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a
global open source software ecosystem.
    About Linspire & Freespire
    Linspire, Inc. (http://www.linspire.com) was founded in 2001 to bring choice
into the operating system market. The company's flagship product, the
Linspire operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based
operating system distributed primarily pre-installed on PCs for home,
school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR Technology, which allows
Linspire users access to thousands of software programs, each of which can
be downloaded and installed with just one mouse click. The thousands of
software titles available in the CNR Warehouse (http://www.linspire.com/cnr)
include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players,
photo management software, accounting tools, and more. Freespire
(http://www.freespire.org) 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.
    About CNR
    CNR is a one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux
applications, libraries and packages developed by Linspire, Inc. CNR allows
desktop Linux users to find, install, uninstall, manage, and keep updated,
thousands of free open source, as well as commercial software programs, on
their desktop Linux computer, all with just one click. CNR is so easy to
use, literally anyone can use it, of any age or computer skill level.
    For more information and interview requests:

    Canonical Limited
    Christina Armstrong
    +44 (0) 207 590 2551

    Linspire, Inc.
    858-587-6700 ext 183
    858-587-8095 Fax

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SOURCE Linspire, Inc.; Canonical Ltd


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