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, www.cnr.com. Distributions expected
to be supported during 2007 are (alphabetically): Debian, Fedora,
Freespire, Linspire, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, with other distributions planned
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 www.cnr.com, 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
CNR.com 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 CNR.com 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
(http://cnr.com/faq), screenshots of the soon-to-be released CNR Warehouse
(http://cnr.com/screenshots), and a forum to discuss the future of CNR with
other interested parties (http://cnr.com/forum).
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. (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.
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