Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Feb 2007 20:52 UTC
In the News Canonical Ltd., the sponsor of Ubuntu, and Linspire Inc. the developer of Linspire and Freespire, on February 8 announced a technology partnership to integrate with each other's Linux distributions. Linspire/Freespire will be based on Ubuntu, rather than Debian, and Ubuntu will integrate with Linspire's CNR package installer/updater.
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Best of Both
by fretinator on Thu 8th Feb 2007 21:26 UTC
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2005-07-06

Having used both Distros, I have to say I like the partnership. People complain about how "hard" it is to install a Linux application. With CNR, a single click is all that's needed. People really do like that. On the other hand, Linspire always tended to be a little behind in its program selections. Ubuntu does a better job of balancing up-to-date packages with stability.

As a side note, Mepis is also based on Ubuntu. Who knows, maybe Ubuntu will be that "one ring to rule them all". The fact that Ubuntu itself is based on Debian is a plus to me. We don't have to worry about the world getting too "Ubunutuized", since there is a solid, free (libre) bedrock upon which Ubuntu rests. Having a lot of experience with Debian, I would say Ubuntu is the polished, real-world implementation of the idealistic Debian platform.

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RE: Best of Both
by voidlogic on Thu 8th Feb 2007 22:58 in reply to "Best of Both"
voidlogic Member since:
2005-09-03

>With CNR, a single click is all that's needed.

With Synaptic, a single click is all that's needed.

I understand wanting an easy way to install commercial applications, I just hope CNR doesn't become the standard way to install everything on Ubuntu.

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RE[2]: Best of Both
by lopisaur on Fri 9th Feb 2007 06:17 in reply to "RE: Best of Both"
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2006-02-27

Yeah. my thoughts exactly. If CNR becomes the de-facto standard for Ubuntu, I'm switching to something else for my laptops. Probably Gentoo.

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RE[2]: Best of Both
by Robocoastie on Fri 9th Feb 2007 08:27 in reply to "RE: Best of Both"
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2005-09-15

Voidlogic, CNR is more than just a "single click". It provides a complete description for the app as well. Take a look at the CNR part of Linspire's site and you'll see what I mean.

Oh and to install codecs, mplayer, dvd-backup programs, dvdcss and others takes far far more than a "single click" with synaptic.

CNR is just one more way to be able to install parts of the software in your distro. Will it be the only one? Doubtful, because the CNR repository as it is now has fairly dated packages, but if it uses the same repository that Ubuntu uses then that problem goes away immediately.

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