SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the
commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire,
the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate
change in pricing for its popular CNR ("Click 'N Run") Service from an
annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service. The
CNR Service, with access to over 20,000 desktop Linux applications, has
previously been available only with annual subscriptions, ranging from $20
to $50, but will now be offered as a free service for all Linspire and
"For nearly five years, thousands of CNR users have paid annual
subscription fees for the CNR Service," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of
Linspire. "We're thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent
service to desktop Linux users absolutely free. CNR really makes using
desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality
Due to success in offering premium products and services, Linspire is
now able to make the basic CNR service available to everyone at no charge.
Linspire and Freespire users will continue being able to use CNR to
install, update and manage thousands of free, open source software programs
with one click, but now there will be no charge for this service. All CNR
users will still have the choice to purchase premium products and services,
such as a DVD Player, Sun's StarOffice, Win4Lin Pro, CodeWeavers'
CrossoverOffice, TransGaming's Cedega, as well as other commercial software
applications including several commercial games. The strong revenue stream
from the commercial desktop Linux software applications, as well as the
premium "CNR Gold" service, has opened the door for Linspire to offer the
basic CNR service at no charge to all Linspire and Freespire users.
"CNR is an innovative and feature-rich system for installing, updating
and managing software on a desktop Linux computer," stated John Cherry,
OSDL Desktop Linux Initiative Manager. "The fact that this service is now
free will be an incredible boost for desktop Linux adoption worldwide as it
makes thousands of applications immediately available to desktop users."
The price change is effective immediately for all Linspire and
Freespire users. To get the free CNR service, Linspire and Freespire users
simply use their email address to create a free CNR Service account. Those
who purchased the Basic CNR Service in the past 60 days will automatically
be upgraded to the CNR Gold Service at no charge.
In addition to the CNR service price change, Linspire also announced
today plans for a new, open sourced version of the CNR client that will be
released later this year as part of Freespire 1.1. These announcements
further extend the value of the Freespire project, allowing anyone to enjoy
not only a quality desktop Linux experience, but also an easy-to-use, yet
extremely powerful software management system, all at no charge. Linspire
is hopeful that by continuing to solve the complexity of Linux software
installation, it will attract more software developers to create
applications for desktop Linux.
About CNR ("Click 'N Run")
CNR, with access to over 20,000 Linux software applications, makes it
extremely easy for non-technical users to install, uninstall, update and
manage Linux software on their desktop or laptop computers
(http://wiki.freespire.org/index.php/CNR_Warehouse). With the CNR Service
you can freely install thousands of Linux software titles direct from the
CNR Warehouse (http://linspire.com/warehouse), all with just a single mouse
click. Users also get a powerful way to manage their entire software
library, with advanced features, such as customizable "aisles" where you
can install entire groups of software with a single click.
About Linspire, Inc.
Linspire, Inc. (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 pioneered
CNR ("Click 'N Run") 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 (www.linspire.com/cnr) include full office
and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management
software, accounting tools, and more.
Freespire (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.
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