Ubuntu and Linspire announce partnership

Canonical (the company behing Ubuntu) and Linspire announced a formal partnership today.

The press release confirms that Ubuntu will be the first distribution to be supported by the previously announced CNR service. This service will provide an easy and convenient way to install software, including proprietary products like support for DVD playback.

Right now there is no information about what the CNR repository will offer, neither is known which piece of software will be available for free and for which Linspire will charge a fee, but in my opinion it is a step forward that there will be an option for users who want certain features and are willing to pay.

The CNR service will be optionally available for Feisty users (to be released in April) and might be available in the following Ubuntu release by default.

Additionally the announcement states that future versions of Linspire will be based on Kubuntu, the version of Ubuntu with KDE as desktop environment.

Read more in Linspire’s FAQ and the press release.

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