Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Aug 2006 17:05 UTC, submitted by jcpinto
Linspire Starting today, Linspire does not only offer a free OS, but also its CNR Basic service. " Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate change in pricing for its popular CNR Service from an annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service." CEO Carmony said: "We're thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free. CNR really makes using desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality service."
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by seakryan on Wed 30th Aug 2006 19:36 UTC
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"I still donīt see how you expect to profit by doing this, Kevin, as most people surely will avoid to buy the CNR Gold stuff unless they really have to, but I congratulate you guys anyway. This is a bold move that certainly will benefit your userbase, therefore increasing potential buyers of add-ons available on CNR on the near future."

One way they will make money is by selling Click-n-Buy programs. The legal DVD player is not free. Gold members get a decent price for it, but non Gold members will have to pay a chunk. That is not Linspire fault - blame Cyberlink (PowerDVD) for that one. There are a lot of great commercial products in CNR that cost money. For some people it won't be worth joining to get the discount for the one product they want. For other's it will be.

For Linspire users the big jolt will come when Linspire 6 is released and they cannot download it. They will then realize that they have to be a Gold Member to have access to the newer version. There is nothing new in this model. But it will add incentive to join as a Gold Member, provided Linspire can make it worth it by speeding up their release cycle.

They might be losing some $20 a year revenue, but the amount of new people who come in and decide to upgrade to Gold or buy a product in CNR will more than make up for that.

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