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Linspire

An earlier Linux-based operating system for x86 PCs from Linspire, Inc., San Diego, CA. Linspire used the open source Linux operating system and came with the OpenOffice.org office suite and a variety of other applications to provide a desktop environment similar in appearance to Windows. It was marketed as an easy-to-use, low-cost operating system for PCs that included all the basic applications. Originally using the Debian version of Linux, Linspire switched to Ubuntu in 2007 (see Debian and Ubuntu).

Click-N-Run (CNR)
Linspire included Click-N-Run (CNR) installation, where users could download a variety of proprietary and open source applications with one click of the mouse. The basic level was free, but a paid subscription offered discounts on commercial Linux software. In 2008, Linspire was acquired by Xandros Inc., primarily for the CNR system. Xandros marketed a Linux distribution.

It Used to Be Lindows
Linspire was introduced in 2001 under the name LindowsOS, and the company was called Lindows, Inc. Soon after, Lindows received worldwide publicity when Microsoft sued it for trademark infringement, claiming the similarity of the Lindows and Windows names would confuse the public. In 2004, Lindows changed its name and brand to Linspire. See Linux.
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"Linspire has always been about choice, and this announcement continues our tradition of offering options for improved interoperability, enhanced functionality and confidence," said Kevin Carmony, chief executive officer at Linspire.
"Linspire's power and ease of use, combined with its easy retail availability, has puts it among the leaders in the fast growing Linux operating system category," said Jeremy White, chief executive officer of CodeWeavers, Inc.
actually like Linspire a lot, although many Linux users disagree: its policy of charging for its OS and downloads from its online software repository irks the Open Source movement.
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"Virtualization continues to impact the industry," said Randy Linnell, vice president of Business Development of Linspire. "We're excited about expanding our relationship with one of the leaders.
All machines come with the full Linspire operating system, including complete OpenOffice.org office suite, virus filtering and Web protection software.
As well as a localized Italian language version of the Linspire desktop operating system, LinspireItaliano offers access to Linspire's software Warehouse enabling users to choose from over 1,800 software programs.
In other markets that are not in the US the company's operating system will now be known as Linspire. Also, the http://www.lindows.com web site will be taken offline and visitors will be redirected to http://www.linspire.com.
Linspire, Inc, San Diego, Calif., developer of CNR.com (http://www.cnr.com/), an easy-to-use, one-click digital software delivery service for desktop Linux software, and IBM, the world's biggest computer-services company, has announced the immediate availability of IBM Lotus Symphony 4.0 Beta to desktop Linux users worldwide through the one-click CNR.com software delivery service.
The Linux-only retailer is selling the world's lightest computer notebook at well under $1000, featuring the easy-to-use and capable Linspire operating system.