Open-Source figures like the Ubuntu/Linspire partnership

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Every now and again, technology companies make a deal that everyone likes. That's the case with Canonical Ltd.'s new partnership with Linspire Inc., whereby the companies will share Linux operating system and software distribution technologies.

With this new relationship, Canonical will be adding Linspire's newly opened CNR (Click and Run) software distribution system, which includes proprietary drivers and software, to Ubuntu. In return, Linspire is switching the basis of its Linux distributions, Linspire and Freespire, from Debian to Ubuntu.

Gordon Haff, principal IT advisor at market researcher Illuminata, said, "Well, it's a pretty logical hookup. For one (big) thing, they're philosophically aligned in that neither is an open source purist; they're both willing to incorporate proprietary drivers and other software where good open source alternatives don't exist."

Ian Murdock, CTO of the newly formed Linux Foundation -- and founder of the Debian distribution -- also thinks it's a good move for both companies.

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