Linspire's New CNR Solves Major Linux Desktop Problems

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-01-23 Email Print this article Print


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Opinion: Linspire is making it easy for Linux users to get any program or driver—including the proprietary ones—they want for their desktop even if their distribution doesn't include proprietary software. (

One thing desktop Linux users, and prospective users, complain about most is the lack of hardware drivers and software. Often there's an answer to a user's particular problem, but the driver isn't included in the user's distribution, or the software is hard to find and harder to install.

Desktop Linux distributor Linspire says it has the answer: standardize software installation across Linux distributions by expanding its popular CNR ("Click 'N Run") digital download and software management service to support several popular desktop Linux distributions.

CNR has long been used in Linspire's own distributions, the commercial Linspire and the community-based Freespire. Finding, installing and updating software has been confusing for many desktop Linux users, since each distribution requires its own installation process. The CNR Service makes installing any application, however, into a one-mouse-click operation.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.


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