Canonical, the sponsor of Ubuntu, and Linspire, the developer of Linspire and Freespire, have announced a technology partnership. The Linspire/Freespire Operating Systems will move away from Debian and will be based on Ubuntu. Starting with the Ubuntu 7.04 release in April, Ubuntu users will be able to use the Linspire CNR (Click and Run) software delivery system, which will give them one-click access to commercial programs and proprietary multimedia CODECs and drivers.
"Ubuntu is the most successful community-based Linux project to date. They have done a fantastic job with the development community and creating tools for utilizing their technology. It made a tremendous amount of sense to partner with Canonical and begin basing our desktop Linux offerings on Ubuntu," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire.