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Linspire was formally known as Lindows, but sold its name to Microsoft for an estimated $24 million as a settlement over court action lost by Microsoft.

Linspire is a full-featured operating system (based on Debian and Ubuntu), founded with the aim of creating a Linux based operating system capable of running Windows based software . Linspire features exclusive Click-N-Run (CNR) technology that makes installing software on Linspire fast and easy -- simply find the software you want in the Click-N-Run (CNR) Warehouse, then click and run it!  CNR is based on Debian's APT package management software.  There are over 20,000 applications to be installed via CNR.

Linspire has faced considerable criticism in the past from the Linux communtiy, with some people citing that it contains too much proprietary software, and, in particular, Richard Stallman (founder of the GNU Project) lamenting on the lack of freedom in the distro.  However, Linspire Inc has made donations to many GPL projects, and sponsors Freespire, "... a community-involved, Linux-based operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer (community involved, freely distributed, open source code, etc.), but also provides users the choice of including  proprietary codecs, drivers and applications as they see fit."

Linspire 6.0 Key Facts

Linspire Inc - founded in 2001
$49.95 (digital download), $10 (Recovery CD), $59.95 (retail package)
10 October 2007
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XOrg 1.2.0
OpenOffice 2.2.0
Evolution 2.10.1
Gimp 2.2.13
Python 2.4.1
Apache 2.2.3
PostgreSQL -
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.2


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