Beta Usage Numbers Released Free delivery service reports over 20,000 new users & over 250,000 software

programs, packages and libraries installed at a 89.9% success rate

    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the
 commercial Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating
 systems, today released its initial usage numbers from the December launch
 of beta (, a standardized Web 2.0-based Linux
 software delivery service for desktop Linux users worldwide. is
 designed to normalize the process of finding, installing, and updating
 Linux software for both Debian and RPM-based Linux distributions. The new
 and free beta CNR Service is currently available for Freespire 2.0,
 Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 & 7.10 and will expand to provide support for all
 popular Linux distributions including (alphabetically) Debian, Fedora,
 OpenSUSE, and others.
     Since the launch of beta last month, over 20,000 new CNR users
 have downloaded and installed the beta CNR Client. In addition, over
 250,000 software programs, packages and libraries were downloaded and
 installed at an 89.9% successful installation rate.
     "Early usage numbers clearly show is solving a problem," said
 Larry Kettler, President and CEO. "Finding, learning and one-click
 installing of software applications saves desktop Linux users time, money
 and eliminates a lot of frustration for the non-technical user."
     As the open source ecosystem for desktop Linux software continues to
 grow in terms of the number and diversity of projects, the ability for the
 user to find software and learn about updates continues to be a challenge,
 which is further compounded when each Linux distribution uses a specialized
 package management system. is designed to solve this problem by
 aggregating the open source software repositories into a single web site
 and by providing an open web services interface where any distribution can
 utilize these services to easily find, install and update software.
 Additionally, provides an open source desktop client for those who
 would like to use it as their package manager while retaining traditional
 command line functionality.
     "We are excited to see the new CNR community get involved as well,"
 continued Kettler. "Since the beta launch, community members have updated
 over 500 product pages and understand that their contributions have a
 direct impact on building and educating the world on all the great Linux
 software available. We have also seen strong interest and excitement from
 software publishers as provides them a free and easy way to reach
 desktop Linux users." currently provides a number of interactive features where users
 can help contribute and build a community together. Most content in
 is generated by the community including editing of software product pages
 by adding screenshots, user reviews, ratings, descriptions, and categories.
 Each product page is an interactive place where valuable information can be
 learned and shared about each software program. Interactive discussion
 forums are also available for the community to interact as well as wiki
 documents where users can quickly find valuable information on each
 product., a free service requiring no registration to use, allows users
 to search for applications by title, popularity, user rating, category, and
 function. An open source client for each supported distribution is then
 used to add the one-click installation as well as auto-updating
 functionality. This new multi-distribution CNR Technology standardizes the
 installation process for the user without requiring any new or altered
 packaging systems. uses standard .deb and .rpm files, while
 shielding the user from the complexity of these packaging systems. This
 allows distribution developers to continue using their same packaging
 methods and the varying distributions to continue with their normal release
 management practices. By building CNR around existing packaging systems,
 the silos of literally tens of thousands of high quality Linux software
 programs are instantly brought together and centralized into CNR
 adds server and client side intelligence to overcome the common dependency
 challenges presented by the current packaging systems without the need to
 alter existing release policies and procedures.
     Although still in beta, the new web site and CNR service are
 available now so users can start exploring the world of Linux software
 immediately. Additional information about the CNR service and how to get
 actively involved in the CNR Community can be found on the About and
 Community tabs at
     About is a free one-click software delivery service designed to
 standardize the process and eliminate the complexity of finding, installing
 and managing Linux software for the most popular desktop Linux
 distributions, both Debian and RPM-based. A free service requiring no
 registration to use, users get the most extensive free resource
 available anywhere for desktop Linux software. Search from tens of
 thousands of Linux software programs, packages and libraries by title,
 popularity, similar software, category or function, and with just one
 click, install the software right on to your computer.
     About Linspire
     Linspire, Inc. ( 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 for home, school, and business users. Linspire also
 pioneered CNR Technology, which provides free access to all Linux software
 through, allowing one-click installation from over 20,000 software
 programs, packages and libraries. Free to use, both free & commercial
 software is available at (
For more information please contact: Linspire, Inc. 858-587-6700 ext 183 858-587-8095 Fax

SOURCE Linspire, Inc.

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