The Ubuntu Blog inspired me to write some of my thoughts on the recent announcement between Canonical and Linspire on the Click-N-Run (CNR) technology. After reading the press release and the commentary at Desktop Linux a few things stand out to me.
The first thing that really stands out to me is the description of what the CNR technology is. After reading it it has redefined for me what CNR stands for: Copy-N-Run.
Taken from the press release:
Linspire pioneered CNR Technology, which allows Linspire users access to thousands of software programs, each of which can be downloaded and installed with just one mouse click. The thousands of software titles available in the CNR Warehouse (http://www.linspire.com/cnr) include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.
Does anyone think that sounds exactly like APT or RPM systems? If I recall I can visit Add / Remove or Synaptic / Adept to install over 20,000 packages with “just one mouse click“. I’m used to the other OS claiming they pioneered technology, but this? C’mon!
My next question about this deal is simply “How does this benefit me or us as the Ubuntu community at all?” Easy installation of programs? Already got it. Access to commercial or non-free software when needed? Already got it. What I see here is Linspire deciding to jump on board the biggest and fastest growing software communities and basically reselling the packages that others get for free. Yeah, CNR has a yearly fee. The screenshots on that page (here and here) crack me up. Looks to me like they’re comparing software from pre-APT days (APT was released in 1998!) to their system which is simply a rip off of other package management programs.
I may be pretty harsh here but I just call it like I see it. Linspire is the only one benefiting here. I say DNR to Linspire’s “Copy-N-Run”.