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 CNR.com beta (http://www.cnr.com), a standardized Web 2.0-based Linux
software delivery service for desktop Linux users worldwide. CNR.com 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 CNR.com 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 CNR.com 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. CNR.com 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, CNR.com 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 CNR.com provides them a free and easy way to reach
desktop Linux users."
CNR.com currently provides a number of interactive features where users
can help contribute and build a community together. Most content in CNR.com
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
CNR.com, 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. CNR.com 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.com. 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 CNR.com 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 CNR.com.
CNR.com 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, CNR.com 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.
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 for home, school, and business users. Linspire also
pioneered CNR Technology, which provides free access to all Linux software
through CNR.com, allowing one-click installation from over 20,000 software
programs, packages and libraries. Free to use, both free & commercial
software is available at CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com).
For more information please contact:
858-587-6700 ext 183
SOURCE Linspire, Inc.