Linspire Tempts White-Box Vendors with CNR Royalties

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-09-14 Email Print this article Print


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Linspire is offering to split its software revenue with white-box vendors. (LinuxWatch)

Linspire launched a revamped partner program on September 14 that will pay system builders a percentage on all commercial Linux software and services purchased by users of either Linspire or Freespire pre-installed desktop and laptop computers using the company's CNR (Click N' Run) technology.

CNR was previously a fee-based service offered at annual subscription rates of $20 for basic access to new programs. In late August, Linspire made CNR a free service.

Linspire's Gold Service, which offers discounted prices on commercial software—such as the StarOffice 8 office suite and the Win4Lin Pro Windows/Linux virtual machine—is still $49.95.

In addition to offering 18 months of revenue share per computer from CNR revenues, the new program also features a real-time share system that reports computer Light-up data, CNR Registration User percentage, and average revenue-per-user generated through CNR.

"Linspire has been very successful in selling products and services to desktop Linux users via our CNR technology," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire in a statement.

"We are excited to now share this successful model with our valued system builder partners. Providing post-sale revenue will further entice PC suppliers around the world to preinstall Linux on desktop and laptop computers, critical for Linux's success."

Read the full story on LinuxWatch: Linspire Tempts White-Box Vendors with CNR Royalties

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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