Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Linspire's CNR ('Click 'N Run') Service to support popular Linux

distributions, including Debian, Fedora, Freespire, Linspire, OpenSUSE, and


Jan 23, 2007, 00:00 ET from Linspire, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the
 commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name, announced plans
 to standardize software installation across Linux distributions by
 expanding its popular CNR ("Click 'N Run") digital download and software
 management service to support several of the most popular desktop Linux
 distributions in 2007. Previously available only for Linspire and Freespire
 desktop Linux users, the CNR Service will begin providing users of other
 desktop Linux distributions a free and easy way to access over 20,000
 desktop Linux products, packages and libraries, all with a single mouse
     Finding, installing and updating software has been confusing for many
 desktop Linux users, with each distribution requiring their own
 installation process. With over five years of development, CNR will now
 normalize the process of finding, installing and updating Linux software
 for the most popular Linux distributions, both Debian and RPM based.
 Support for different Linux distributions will begin being available in the
 2nd Quarter of 2007 via a new website, Distributions expected
 to be supported during 2007 are (alphabetically): Debian, Fedora,
 Freespire, Linspire, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, with other distributions planned
 to follow.
     CNR will remain a free service for all the distributions supported.
 Work on this project began a year ago, and Linspire has completely
 redesigned, updated, and enhanced the CNR technology to support multiple
 distributions, both Debian and RPM based. At, users may use
 their web browser to search for applications by title, popularity, user
 rating, category, function, and so on. An open-sourced plugin for each
 supported distribution is then used to add the one-click installation
 functionality. The new multi-distribution CNR system will support different
 distributions, as well as different versions within these distributions.
     "The CNR Service was designed to solve the complexity of finding and
 installing desktop Linux applications, as well as educating the world about
 all the quality Linux software available," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of
 Linspire. "It only made sense to expand our successful CNR Service to
 additional desktop Linux distributions and their users. CNR will normalize
 the process of installing software across most of the popular
 distributions, something Linux really needs to gain mainstream adoption.
     "The new multi-distribution CNR technology standardizes the
 installation process for the user without requiring a new or altered
 packaging system. CNR uses standard .deb and .rpm files, while shielding
 the user from the complexity of these packaging systems. This allows
 developers to continue using their same packaging methods, and the
 different distributions can continue with their normal release management
 practices. By building CNR around existing packaging systems, it also
 brings the silos of tens of thousands of quality Linux applications
 immediately into the CNR system. CNR adds server and client side
 intelligence to overcome any dependency challenges presented by the current
 packaging systems, but without the need for altering these ubiquitous
 systems. will also bring more choices for users to purchase premium
 products and services, such as legally licensed DVD Players, Sun's
 StarOffice, Win4Lin Pro, CodeWeavers' CrossoverOffice, TransGaming's
 Cedega, as well as numerous other commercial software applications from
 various categories including, media playback, personal and business
 productivity, finances, virtualization, development tools and games. CNR
 will also allow users quick access to multimedia codecs and hardware
 drivers, bringing one-click support for MP3, Windows Media, Quick Time,
 Java, Flash, ATI and nVidia graphics, and so on.
     The new web site is now active with an informational
 placeholder where users can learn more about the plans for the
 multi-distribution CNR. There you will find an extensive FAQ section
 (, screenshots of the soon-to-be released CNR Warehouse
 (, and a forum to discuss the future of CNR with
 other interested parties (
     About CNR ("Click 'N Run")
     CNR, short for "Click 'N Run," is a technology developed by Linspire,
 Inc., which allows desktop Linux users to find, install, uninstall, manage,
 and keep updated thousands of software programs on their Linux computers,
 all with just one 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. ( 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 ( include full office
 and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management
 software, accounting tools, and more.
     For more information and interview requests:
     Linspire, Inc.
     858-587-6700, ext. 183
     858-587-8095, Fax

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