[L-ubuntu-ve] Alianza linspire canonical y ubuntu
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Linspire's New Partnership with Canonical and Ubuntu
by Kevin Carmony*
February 8th, 2007
This week, Linspire and Canonical, the lead sponsor of the popular
Ubuntu<http://ubuntu.com/>operating system, announced
a technology partnership<http://www.linspire.com/lindows_news_pressreleases_archives.php?id=213>that
will integrate core competencies from each company into the other's
open source Linux offerings. This is very exciting news for both Linspire
and Ubuntu users. Through this sharing of technology and working together,
all users will benefit from quicker release cycles and expanded features,
products and services.
Linspire is well known for the quality of the CNR technology, and Ubuntu is
the most successful community Linux project to date. The marriage of these
two efforts will greatly strengthen desktop Linux in its fight for broader
adoption. Both of these distributions will improve significantly through
I'm sure many of you will have questions about this recent announcement.
Therefore, in addition to the press release which I hope you'll take a
minute to read here<http://www.linspire.com/lindows_news_pressreleases_archives.php?id=213>,
I wanted to try to answer some of the additional questions many of you might
*General FAQs About The Linspire/Canonical Partnership**
What are the main points of this partnership?
*There are two main components to this partnership: 1) Linspire will
immediately transition from Debian to Ubuntu as the base for their Linspire
and Freespire operating systems, and 2) Canonical will utilize Linspire's
CNR technology for aspects of Ubuntu's software delivery system
*How long have Linspire and Canonical been working on this partnership?
*Linspire and Ubuntu first started casual discussions about ways to work
together a few years back, but started more formal discussions on ways to
work together over the past year.
* Take a look at the Linux
OS building Chart <http://www.linspire.com/OSblocks>
*Why do Linspire and Canonical want to work together?
*For the benefit of synergy - each can get farther, faster by working
together than continuing to work individually. Each group does certain
things well and there's also a fair amount of overlap in what both have been
doing. The less time, energy and resources Canonical, Ubuntu, Linspire,
Freespire, and others spend duplicating efforts on the common challenges
that face all of desktop Linux, the faster desktop Linux as a whole can
advance. The partnership also frees up resources for each to dedicate to
unique improvements and innovation that are important to their specific
users and market segments.
*But aren't Canonical and Linspire competitors?
*While both companies, and their respective projects, do compete at certain
levels, they each have their own objectives and specialties. Both are
interested in seeing greater desktop Linux adoption and growth. By joining
forces they can work together to focus more attention on addressing common
challenges Linux faces in a world dominated by Microsoft Windows, as well as
having more resources to devote to their unique opportunities.
*FAQs About Linspire/Freespire Using Ubuntu As Their Linux Baseline*
*What does it mean that Linspire and Freespire will transition their core
from Debian to Ubuntu?
*As with all Linux distributions, Linspire and Freespire are created from
the work of hundreds of individuals and open source projects Linspire takes
this baseline of work, and then supplements it with thousands of lines of
additional code to glue everything together in a way consistent with their
intended audience. In the past, the Linspire and Freespire operating systems
have been based directly on the Debian Linux distribution. With this new
partnership, both Linspire and Freespire will start using Ubuntu as their
baseline. Because Ubuntu is a Debian-based distribution, Linspire will
continue to have access to all the same core functionality as before, but
with the additional work Ubuntu adds to the process. In other words, the
Linspire and Freespire operating systems will benefit from all the good work
of Debian, Ubuntu, and Linspire. (See the
chart<http://www.linspire.com/OSblocks>that explains the Linux OS
*Why are Linspire and Freespire making this change?
*Simply put - to get farther, faster. As mentioned previously, Linux
distributions are simply variations on core Linux packages and technology.
The Ubuntu community has done an exceptional job of utilizing the Debian
system and creating a solid foundation for desktop Linux, with fast-paced
development cycles, significant programming tools, and an active developer
community. By basing on Ubuntu, the Linspire and Freespire operating systems
gain from the extra work that this strong community is doing, freeing up
Linspire's time and resources to be more additive, rather than redundant.
This allows Linspire to spend more time improving and innovating in other
unique areas, rather than overlapping the same efforts.
*Does this mean Linspire and Freespire will start looking and behaving like
the Ubuntu distribution?
*No...not any more than Linspire/Freespire looks like a pure Debian
distribution now. Linspire will continue doing all the unique things that
are important to its target users (ease of use, CNR, proprietary drivers and
codecs, OEM program, etc.). This change is more at the underlying, core
level rather than the UI. By working together with the Ubuntu community, we
can better focus our collective resources on the common issues of hardware
support, networking, installing, applications, etc.
*But isn't Ubuntu GNOME based? Will Linspire and Freespire remain KDE based?
*Ubuntu defaults to GNOME, but also supports KDE. (Kubuntu is a KDE-based
version of Ubuntu.) Linspire still prefers, and will continue defaulting to,
the KDE desktop environment for target users of the Linspire and Freespire
operating systems. Linspire will also continue making the numerous
enhancements it does to KDE that make it more ideal for their target users.
*What are some of the ways Linspire and Freespire will be different from
Here are just a few of the key differences:
- Linspire and Freespire are designed exclusively for desktop use.
(Ubuntu is also designed to work for servers.)
- Linspire and Freespire designed their user interface to feel
comfortable for users familiar with or migrating from Microsoft Windows.
- Linspire and Freespire include proprietary codecs, drivers and
applications for out-of-the-box hardware and multimedia support.
- Linspire and Freespire are targeted at non-technical users and
accordingly take ease of use to an extreme.
- Linspire and Freespire fully incorporate CNR throughout. (Ubuntu
will be incorporating aspects of CNR technology in the future.)
- Linspire is designed to be pre-installed on PCs, with OEMs in mind,
and includes a revenue sharing OEM program.
- Linspire and Freespire are KDE based (rather than GNOME).
*Does this mean the Freespire community will go away?*
Not at all. While there will likely be more collaboration between the Ubuntu
and Freespire communities, as we try to address certain core problems
together, Freespire will remain very much a unique project with its own
goals, objectives, and community.
*When will Linspire and Freespire move to a Ubuntu baseline?*
Work on the changeover will begin immediately. The next versions of both
Freespire (ver. 2.x) and Linspire (ver. 6.x) will be based on Ubuntu.
*Does this affect the release dates for Freespire Version 2.0?
*Yes, Freespire 2.0 was originally slated to be finished Q1 2007, but will
shift slightly to Q2 of 2007 to allow the necessary time to complete this
transition and to follow the official release of Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)
*When will we see the first early Alpha releases of Freespire based on
*Early Alpha releases of Freespire 2.x, based on Ubuntu, are expected in Q1
2007 (as early as February). Linspire 6.0 will be released soon after the
stable version of Ubuntu 7.04 this April.
*Will Freespire and Linspire release schedules start to coincide more
closely with Ubuntu releases?
*Yes. The Linspire/Freespire Roadmaps will be updated in the near future to
reflect any expected changes.
*FAQs About Ubuntu Using CNR Technology*
When will CNR be available for Ubuntu?
*Beginning with Ubuntu 7.04 in April CNR will be available to Ubuntu users
from within Ubuntu. (An Ubuntu CNR plugin will also be available from
www.CNR.com <http://www.cnr.com/> soon after the final release of Ubuntu
7.04 this April.)
*How will CNR be supported in Ubuntu?
*Beginning with Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu users will be able to use CNR to access
commercial programs and proprietary drivers with one click of the mouse. In
subsequent releases CNR technology will be integrated to provide an even
better desktop user experience for getting commercial software.
*Will the CNR plugin ever be shipped by default in Ubuntu?
*Canonical plans to integrate aspects of the open source CNR technology into
Ubuntu's software management system starting with Ubuntu's Feisty +1 release
expected in October 2007.
*Will Ubuntu users have to use CNR when running Ubuntu?
*No, they will still have access to all the same systems for downloading and
installing software they enjoy now, including: apt-get, Synaptic, etc.
*Is the CNR Service free?
*Yes, the basic CNR Service is available to all, free of charge. In addition
to the free service and products, users may also use CNR to access
commercial products and services as well as proprietary drivers, but it's
entirely up to them. There are commercial programs in many popular
categories including: personal and business productivity, communication,
media players, games, drivers, etc.
*Is the CNR Plugin open source and are the web services it uses published
*Yes and yes.
*How is CNR different from apt-get and other methods of installing software
CNR is different from most other software management system in many ways:
- One-click graphical install and uninstall of thousands of programs.
- Automatic update notification and one-click updating of OS
components and software applications.
- Program and services management.
- One-click access to proprietary codecs, drivers and software.
- Allows you to buy dozens of different commercial programs, such as
DVD Player, StarOffice, games, accounting programs, Win4Lin, Crossover
Office, Cedega, etc.
- Menu entries and desktop icons (optionally) are automatically added
when installing and removed when uninstalling.
- "Charts" to easily find the most popular software programs by
- Search feature to easily find software programs by name, category,
keywords, similar programs, author, etc.
- Clear, easy-to-understand product pages, including:
o Screenshots of programs
o User reviews of the programs
o Description, versions, specs, file size, source, etc.
o User support and help by program
o Release Notes
- "Aisles" to group applications together for one-click install of
- Dedicated, high-speed server farms with huge bandwidth pipes for
- Friendly naming shown alongside normal package name.
- "Voting Booth" where users help prioritize new software to be added
- Automated, on-line Publisher Program where anyone can submit
software to be QA-ed and tested for inclusion in the CNR Warehouse.
- Automatically retries and fixes any problem downloads.
- CNR has a better than 98% success rate. (The < 2% failures are
usually a result of modem dropoffs, in which case CNR will can automatically
resume when connected, providing the user with a successful install.)
- Many of the most popular applications are enhanced and improved
before adding them to the CNR Warehouse.
- Products and services which are found exclusively in the CNR
- Tracks problem packages on the server automatically, 24/7, and
immediately hides the product from CNR users and instantly notifies the
maintainer when a problem occurs.
- Easy, one-click access to a program's source code.
- User profiles based upon machine for managing multiple machines per
- Local or networked software repository for quick install of same
programs on multiple computers on the same network or from a CD.
*How does CNR work technically with the Ubuntu system?
*CNR is added to the standard Ubuntu software installation method to
complement existing functionality and provide Ubuntu users with easy access
to commercial products and proprietary drivers. Since CNR adheres to and
works in parallel with standard Ubuntu software installation methods, users
can choose to use Ubuntu's standard installation method, CNR, or a
combination of them to download and install thousands of additional programs
and packages. To see a visual representation of how CNR works in parallel
with Ubuntu's current system, view this
*Where can I learn more about CNR and CNR.com?
*Learn more here <http://www.cnr.com/faq.html>.
This technology partnership goes a long way in advancing and unifying the
Linux desktop. Linux faces many challenges as it competes in a world
historically dominated by Microsoft Windows, so there is plenty of work to
go around and Linspire is pleased to be able to offer differentiation and
choice, while reducing fragmentation. We are very excited to be working side
by side with Canonical to integrate each of our technologies for the benefit
of Linux users worldwide. I think history will show this to be a very
important partnership for the success of desktop Linux.
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