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Linspire LogoLinspire is a Linux based operating system originally known as LindowsOS. The name was changed after a legal battle with Microsoft, who eventually bought the Lindows trademark.

Linspire was originally designed with the goal of providing compatibility with the Windows operating system via the Wine API. This goal was eventually abandoned in favor of providing a convenient way to distribute and install native Linux applications, both free and commercial, using the CNR (Click'N'Run) tool. CNR also had a web component called that provided access to online applications.

Linspire has since been discontinued in favor of the Xandros operating system.

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