CNR has finally entered beta stage, and although I never plan on using Linspire/Freespire, I decided to give CNR a shot.
For those who do not know, CNR now supports multiple Linux distros, (Lin/Freespire, Ubuntu, and soon Fedora, Debian, and OpenSUSE). You can download a plugin that allows you to download and install applications on your computer. There are instructions available on the “download” page for CNR.
To begin, I signed up for a free account. The process was easy, almost like signing up for a forum profile. So, after confirming my account, I was in. CNR has gone through a major re-write, as it was previously included in the aging Linspire Five-o and Freespire 1.0. The navigation and installation is the same, but there are some major differences.
The first being the application availability — there are 37,000+ available packages!
CNR includes much of the software available from Ubuntu’s repositories, and many more as well, including commercial applications that you can buy.
Now for some screenshots:
This screenshot shows how the CNR process begins. I have already signed in, and have moused over the eclipse package. A transparent menu allows me to install directly or see more. I chose to double-click on the image to see more information:
Here you can see the product description, screenshot, and if you look below the screenshot on you own, you would find user reviews. The next screenshot shows how .cnr files are downloaded after I click “Install.” If you’ll notice on my taskbar at the top of my screen, you will see the bright green “CNR” button (the one w/ the random guy in mid-run). That is the CNR applet that can be started through Applications > System Tools > CNR.