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CNR.com Beta Usage Numbers Released

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, today released its initial usage numbers from the December launch of CNR.com beta (http://www.cnr.com), a standardized Web 2.0-based Linux software delivery service for desktop Linux users worldwide. CNR.com is designed to normalize the process of finding, installing, and updating Linux software for both Debian and RPM-based Linux distributions. The new and free beta CNR Service is currently available for Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 & 7.10 and will expand to provide support for all popular Linux distributions including (alphabetically) Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and others.

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, today released its initial usage numbers from the December launch of CNR.com beta (http://www.cnr.com), a standardized Web 2.0-based Linux software delivery service for desktop Linux users worldwide. CNR.com is designed to normalize the process of finding, installing, and updating Linux software for both Debian and RPM-based Linux distributions. The new and free beta CNR Service is currently available for Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 & 7.10 and will expand to provide support for all popular Linux distributions including (alphabetically) Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and others.

Since the launch of CNR.com beta last month, over 20,000 new CNR users have downloaded and installed the beta CNR Client. In addition, over 250,000 software programs, packages and libraries were downloaded and installed at an 89.9% successful installation rate.

"Early usage numbers clearly show CNR.com is solving a problem," said Larry Kettler, President and CEO. "Finding, learning and one-click installing of software applications saves desktop Linux users time, money and eliminates a lot of frustration for the non-technical user."

As the open source ecosystem for desktop Linux software continues to grow in terms of the number and diversity of projects, the ability for the user to find software and learn about updates continues to be a challenge, which is further compounded when each Linux distribution uses a specialized package management system. CNR.com is designed to solve this problem by aggregating the open source software repositories into a single web site and by providing an open web services interface where any distribution can utilize these services to easily find, install and update software. Additionally, CNR.com provides an open source desktop client for those who would like to use it as their package manager while retaining traditional command line functionality.

"We are excited to see the new CNR community get involved as well," continued Kettler. "Since the beta launch, community members have updated over 500 product pages and understand that their contributions have a direct impact on building and educating the world on all the great Linux software available. We have also seen strong interest and excitement from software publishers as CNR.com provides them a free and easy way to reach desktop Linux users."

CNR.com currently provides a number of interactive features where users can help contribute and build a community together. Most content in CNR.com is generated by the community including editing of software product pages by adding screenshots, user reviews, ratings, descriptions, and categories. Each product page is an interactive place where valuable information can be learned and shared about each software program. Interactive discussion forums are also available for the community to interact as well as wiki documents where users can quickly find valuable information on each product.

CNR.com, a free service requiring no registration to use, allows users to search for applications by title, popularity, user rating, category, and function. An open source client for each supported distribution is then used to add the one-click installation as well as auto-updating functionality. This new multi-distribution CNR Technology standardizes the installation process for the user without requiring any new or altered packaging systems. CNR.com uses standard .deb and .rpm files, while shielding the user from the complexity of these packaging systems. This allows distribution developers to continue using their same packaging methods and the varying distributions to continue with their normal release management practices. By building CNR around existing packaging systems, the silos of literally tens of thousands of high quality Linux software programs are instantly brought together and centralized into CNR.com. CNR adds server and client side intelligence to overcome the common dependency challenges presented by the current packaging systems without the need to alter existing release policies and procedures.

Although still in beta, the new CNR.com web site and CNR service are available now so users can start exploring the world of Linux software immediately. Additional information about the CNR service and how to get actively involved in the CNR Community can be found on the About and Community tabs at CNR.com.

About CNR.com

CNR.com is a free one-click software delivery service designed to standardize the process and eliminate the complexity of finding, installing and managing Linux software for the most popular desktop Linux distributions, both Debian and RPM-based. A free service requiring no registration to use, CNR.com users get the most extensive free resource available anywhere for desktop Linux software. Search from tens of thousands of Linux software programs, packages and libraries by title, popularity, similar software, category or function, and with just one click, install the software right on to your computer.

About Linspire

Linspire, Inc. (http://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 also pioneered CNR Technology, which provides free access to all Linux software through CNR.com, allowing one-click installation from over 20,000 software programs, packages and libraries. Free to use, both free & commercial software is available at CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com).

For more information please contact: Linspire, Inc. 858-587-6700 ext 183 858-587-8095 Fax pr@linspireinc.com

SOURCE Linspire, Inc.

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