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Linspire to wrestle Red Hat, Novell for enterprise desktops

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Linspire will release its first enterprise desktop product, "Linspire Professional," by the end of this year, CTO Tom Welch told DesktopLinux.com Tuesday. The product is currently being tested at the State of Indiana's Access program, Welch said.

Linspire Professional, aimed at challenging the enterprise desktop Linux market leadership of Red Hat and Novell SUSE, will not actually be a new version of the company's user-friendly Linux distribution. Instead, it will offer enhanced, enterprise-oriented features relating to the use of Linspire's popular CNR (Click 'n' Run) software delivery subscription technology.

Asked how else Linspire Professional distinguishes itself from other distributions, Welch said: "There are many ease-of-use issues that are almost imperceptible, but very significant. For example, we work very hard to ensure mimetypes are all handled properly (office, media types, etc.). We make sure all installed packages conform to a common menu system. We unify as much as possible the printing systems (lpr vs. cups).

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