Linspire's CNR Beta: A Quick Review

Posted by gsh on Mar 27, 2008 6:11 AM EDT; By Matt Hartley
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I was thrilled to see Linspire continue to work on its CNR service. While our visions for this product vary, in the end, Linspire and I hope to see this as yet another viable, standardized alternative to using other package managers for those who choose to do so. With that said, there are still some very important things that must be addressed. And unfortunately, Linspire has decided to ignore them.

As I read the press release, I felt like Linspire started off strong in explaining its technology and how CNR went from closed to open source, but then they lost me in the end. Where is the Ubuntu support for proprietary codecs ? Despite Linux users opting to use free and open alternatives to restricted codecs, the reality is that most newcomers to Ubuntu are looking for proprietary codecs in such a way so as not to have to wonder about the perceived legalities in their country.

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