Kevin Carmony, the former CEO of Linspire, is quite direct about the news on his blog.
This will end up being a completely insignificant event for Linspire shareholders, and the end for Linspire customers. I predict this was done to: 1) help Robertson drain the company of its cash and resources. When I left Linspire, we had a very profitable year and the company had millions in the bank. I predict Robertson has moved this money to himself, family, and his other companies, leaving Linspire’s minority shareholders with nothing. 2) help Robertson save face by issuing a “Linspire Acquired by Xandros!” press release, instead of living with the public humiliation that Linspire failed under his leadership. Such a press release will of course be meaningless, unless the acquisition was substantial. As a shareholder, I will eventually find out. 3) Give Xandros (also seemingly on life support) a press release, and perhaps some way for them to spin this to investors to raise money.
To me, I'm not really sure if I really even care - in fact, I'd be surprised to see many of you care at all. Xandros and Linspire seem to have added little to the Linux desktop world in the end, and while both of them had a few strong points, they were in the end eclipsed by Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. While Xandros may have made some good press by coming pre-installed on Asus' EeePC, it didn't give them a truly massive boost in revenue stream. "The company is not making money hand over fist it has been realizing “a very nice revenue stream from its Asus systems"."
All I have to say: feel free to wow me.