Linspire, developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name, announced plans to standardize software installation across Linux distributions by expanding its popular CNR digital click and run software management service to support several of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in 2007. Previously available only for Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux users, the CNR Service will begin providing users of other desktop Linux distributions a free and easy way to access over 20,000 desktop Linux products, packages and libraries, all with a single mouse click.
Finding, installing and updating software has been confusing for many desktop Linux users, with each distribution requiring their own installation process. With over five years of development, CNR will now normalize the process of finding, installing and updating Linux software for the most popular Linux distributions, both Debian and RPM based. Support for different Linux distributions will begin being available in the 2nd Quarter of 2007 via a new website, http://cnr.com. Distributions expected to be supported during 2007 are (alphabetically): Debian, Fedora, Freespire, Linspire, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, with other distributions planned to follow.
CNR will remain a free service for all the distributions supported. Work on this project began a year ago, and Linspire has completely redesigned, updated, and enhanced the CNR technology to support multiple distributions, both Debian and RPM based. At http://cnr.com, users may use their web browser to search for applications by title, popularity, user rating, category, function, and so on. An open-sourced plugin for each supported distribution is then used to add the one-click installation functionality. The new multi-distribution CNR system will support different distributions, as well as different versions within these distributions.
"The CNR Service was designed to solve the complexity of finding and installing desktop Linux applications, as well as educating the world about all the quality Linux software available," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire. "It only made sense to expand our successful CNR Service to additional desktop Linux distributions and their users. CNR will normalize the process of installing software across most of the popular distributions, something Linux really needs to gain mainstream adoption."
The new multi-distribution CNR technology standardizes the installation process for the user without requiring a new or altered packaging system. CNR uses standard .deb and .rpm files, while shielding the user from the complexity of these packaging systems. This allows developers to continue using their same packaging methods, and the different distributions can continue with their normal release management practices. By building CNR around existing packaging systems, it also brings the silos of tens of thousands of quality Linux applications immediately into the CNR system. CNR adds server and client side intelligence to overcome any dependency challenges presented by the current packaging systems, but without the need for altering these ubiquitous systems.
CNR.com will also bring more choices for users to purchase premium products and services, such as legally licensed DVD Players, Sun's StarOffice, Win4Lin Pro, CodeWeavers' CrossoverOffice, TransGaming's Cedega, as well as numerous other commercial software applications from various categories including, media playback, personal and business productivity, finances, virtualization, development tools and games. CNR will also allow users quick access to multimedia codecs and hardware drivers, bringing one-click support for MP3, Windows Media, Quick Time, Java, Flash, ATI and nVidia graphics, and so on.