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CNR.com Delivers Linux Users One-Click Virtualization Software From Parallels

SAN DIEGO and RENTON, Wash., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc. developer of CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com), an easy-to-use, one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux software, and Parallels, Inc., maker of award-winning desktop virtualization solutions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, today announced the immediate availability of Parallels' Workstation 2.2 desktop virtualization solution for immediate download through the CNR.com free software delivery service to desktop Linux users. Currently available for the Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0 and Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 operating systems, the CNR Service will expand to provide support for additional popular Linux distributions. Available at a special introductory price of $44.99, Parallels Workstation allows users of any skill level to easily run multiple operating systems on a single computer (http://www.cnr.com/product/parallels).

SAN DIEGO and RENTON, Wash., March 12 /PRNewswire/ — Linspire, Inc. developer of CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com), an easy-to-use, one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux software, and Parallels, Inc., maker of award-winning desktop virtualization solutions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, today announced the immediate availability of Parallels' Workstation 2.2 desktop virtualization solution for immediate download through the CNR.com free software delivery service to desktop Linux users. Currently available for the Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0 and Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 operating systems, the CNR Service will expand to provide support for additional popular Linux distributions. Available at a special introductory price of $44.99, Parallels Workstation allows users of any skill level to easily run multiple operating systems on a single computer (http://www.cnr.com/product/parallels).

"As CNR expands its commercial offerings, we're happy to offer another quality virtualization solution in Parallels, a product our customers have requested," says Larry Kettler, President and CEO of Linspire. "The Free CNR Service is designed to help users easily find and install the best that Linux software has to offer."

CNR.com is a free standardized Web 2.0-based Linux software delivery service for desktop Linux users worldwide. It is designed to normalize the process of finding, installing, and updating Linux software for Linux distributions.

Parallels Workstation is an easy-to-use and cost-effective desktop virtualization solution. It enables the user to create completely networked and secure independent virtual machines on a single physical computer. Parallels Workstation's sophisticated virtualization engine enables each virtual machine to operate similarly to a physical computer.

"We're excited to make Parallels Workstation 2.2 available through CNR.com," said Benjamin Rudolph, Director of Corporate Communications. "By giving CNR users the ability to easily and seamlessly run multiple OSes, like Windows, at the same time as Linspire, Freespire or Ubuntu, Parallels Workstation makes working with these desktop Linux distributions even more fun and productive."

The updated version of the Parallels Workstation includes a number of great new features that make using multiple operating systems simultaneously even easier.

New Features in the updated Parallels Workstation 2.2: — MS Windows from 3.1 up to Vista guest OS support — Linux guest OS tools: Smooth mouse transition between most popular Linux guest OSes and Windows and Linux primary OSes — Multiple network adapters support – support up to 5 network adapters in VM simultaneously — Parallels Workstation 2.2 installation on new Linux kernels (2.6.20, 2.6.22, 2.6.23) — Significantly improved AMD-V support Other Features of Parallels Workstation 2.2: — Stronger support for Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) — Improved overall performance and stability — Support for primary OSes running on machines with up to 32 CPUs — Shared Folders utility – easily share files and folders between operating systems — Improved fullscreen mode that automatically resizes virtual machines to match your screen's native resolution — Support for dynamic primary OS video modes, custom video modes and 32 bpp video modes — Full Unicode support lets users name files and directories in any language — Support for multi interface USB devices — Full support for Windows Mobile 2005 devices — The default network adapter automatically bridges to the most readily available network — Change network and bridge type on the fly — Better sound recording and playback — Smoother mouse synchronization for primary Linux OSes — Improved performance for Sun Solaris running in virtual machines — NetBSD and OpenBSD can now be run in a virtual machine as a guest OS — A more powerful, easier to use Image Tool — Better networking – use WiFi connections in Linux primary OSes, and switch bridge connections between a LAN cable and WiFi connection on the fly in any guest OS — A redesigned, more user-friendly interface

Pricing & Availability

Parallels workstation is available immediately for download and purchase at http://www.cnr.com/product/parallels.

Basic CNR price: $49.99 Premium CNR price: $44.99

About CNR

CNR.com (http://www.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. As part of CNR.com, a Premium CNR Service provides users a number of features and value, including discounts on all commercial Linux software applications available through CNR.com. 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 distributed primarily pre-installed on PCs for home, school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR 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 (http://www.linspire.com/cnr) include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.

About Parallels

Parallels (formerly SWsoft) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses and service providers across all major hardware, operating system and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.parallels.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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