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Linspire & Fluendo Partner to Bring Easy One-click Multimedia Software to Desktop Linux Users

SAN DIEGO and BARCELONA, Spain, March 13 /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 Fluendo S.A., a company specialized in delivering products and services on Unix and Linux multimedia platforms, today announced a partnership that will bring legal multimedia software to desktop Linux users worldwide. Immediately available and one-click accessible through CNR.com's easy-to-use software delivery service, Fluendo's multimedia software products are now available to Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 users and will soon expand to additional popular Linux distributions (http://www.cnr.com/product/fluendomegabundle).

SAN DIEGO and BARCELONA, Spain, March 13 /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 Fluendo S.A., a company specialized in delivering products and services on Unix and Linux multimedia platforms, today announced a partnership that will bring legal multimedia software to desktop Linux users worldwide. Immediately available and one-click accessible through CNR.com's easy-to-use software delivery service, Fluendo's multimedia software products are now available to Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 users and will soon expand to additional popular Linux distributions (http://www.cnr.com/product/fluendomegabundle).

"The Fluendo partnership offers desktop Linux users additional multimedia options which they can easily install with one click of the mouse through CNR.com," said Larry Kettler, Linspire President and CEO. "CNR.com provides a valuable marketplace where users can choose what software they want, both free and commercial, and quickly install it on their systems."

Commercial multimedia software codecs in desktop Linux operating systems have been very limited in the past as popular free Linux distributions do not bundle proprietary offerings due to their inherent licensing fees. Providing a legal option to desktop Linux users, Fluendo multimedia software offerings allow users to play movies using the MPEG 4 part 2 codec (aka DIVX), MP3 audio tracks and MPEG2 video files as well as get access to the latest networking protocols and the popular Windows Media format to open Windows Media clips.

"Fluendo software options combined with the ease of CNR's one-click installation, provides a very simple and straightforward way to enjoy a great multimedia experience on your GNU/Linux operating system," said Pascal Pegaz Paquet, Fluendo Co-Founder. "We are proud to finally reach our goal by providing an easy to use, 100% legal and fully functional solution to the multimedia issue in the free software environment."

Each Fluendo software product comes with a free one-year upgrade so users receive all the performance improvements and new codecs added to the bundles during that 12 month period. In addition, after 12 months each user has the option to purchase a yearly support contract that will keep them up to date with the latest software and decoding capabilities.

Pricing & Availability: Product: Fluendo Megabundle Basic CNR Price $39.95 Premium CNR Price $34.95 Available immediately through CNR.com at http://www.cnr.com/product/fluendomegabundle Fluendo GStreamer plugins for GStreamer 0.10.3 and later. — Windows Media Audio Decoder — Windows Media Video Decoder — Windows Media ASF Demuxer — Windows Media MMS Networking MPEG2 — Video Decoder MPEG4 — Video Decoder MPEG2 Program Stream and Transport Stream demuxer — MPEG4 ISO Demuxer — MP3 Audio Decoder — AC3 Audio Decoder

Fluendo products are now available through CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com), a free standardized Web 2.0-based Linux software delivery service designed to normalize the process of finding, installing, and updating Linux software. As part of CNR.com, a Premium CNR Service provides users a number of additional features and value, including discounts on all commercial Linux software available through CNR.com.

About CNR.com

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 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 35,000 software programs, packages and libraries. Free to use, both free & commercial software is available at CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com).

About Fluendo S.A.

Fluendo is a company specialized in delivering products and consulting services focusing on UNIX and GNU/Linux multimedia. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of the GStreamer multimedia framework, which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems. Fluendo's flagship product is the streaming media server, Flumotion, endowed with a unique and powerful distributed design. Fluendo comes out ahead by combining best-of-breed systems from the Open Source world with a strong team of highly knowledgeable software engineers and a management team with a lot of streaming media expertise.

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

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