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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CNR is fast, too
by JeffS on Thu 31st Aug 2006 21:39 UTC
JeffS
Member since:
2005-07-12

I've been adding programs with CNR while participating in this thread (while working, to ;-) ), and I've been noticing the speed in which CNR downloads and installs the packages (and immeditately adds them to the menu and with desktop shortcuts).

It is noticably faster than standard apt-get + Synaptic.

I read somewhere on the Linspire website that they are doing some compression/decompression of all the packages in the CNR warehouse, which be the reason for the improved speed.

Another thing I'd like to add is that the CNR Warehouse, which is Linspire's own managed repository, is another "value add" on top of standard Debian repositories (just like Ubuntu's frozen sid repos). It makes the repo stable, and you won't have to worry about something becoming borked when adding/updating software. That is something that can happen with standard Debian testing or unstable repos if you're not extremely carefull, due to the extreme volitility of those Debian repos. Linspire, as well as Ubuntu, make dealing with repos safer and more trouble free.

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RE: CNR is fast, too
by deanlinkous on Thu 31st Aug 2006 21:46 in reply to "CNR is fast, too"
deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

Might want to check how old some of that software is, wouldn't want you to have stale stuff. ;) Also, you may want to check the security advisories and you will notice that what other distros consider to be security flaws and provide updates for them, *spire on the other hand rates security flaws differently and does not consider a lot of security flaws to be applicable.

Wont have to worry about things becoming borked? No *spire mixes packages from all over and has a convoluted warehouse which makes everything fragile and often means things are borked more often not less than Debian stable.

Edited 2006-08-31 21:48

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