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Linspire Changes to Ubuntu-base

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This week, Linspire and Canonical, the lead sponsor of the popular Ubuntu operating system, announced a technology partnership that will integrate core competencies from each company into the other's open source Linux offerings. This is very exciting news for both Linspire and Ubuntu users. Through this sharing of technology and working together, all users will benefit from quicker release cycles and expanded features, products and services.

There are two main components to this partnership: 1) Linspire will immediately transition from Debian to Ubuntu as the base for their Linspire and Freespire operating systems, and 2) Canonical will utilize Linspire's CNR technology for aspects of Ubuntu's software delivery system.

Linspire and Ubuntu first started casual discussions about ways to work together a few years back, but started more formal discussions on ways to work together over the past year.

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