It looks like Linspire is putting the plan of "World Domination 201" document in motion with CNR.com.
So they will soon offer a central place for the most popular GNU/Linux distribution users to download, install and update their software from. Everything will be synced to distro's official RPM and DEB repositories and apparently work like a charm. Technically speaking I can't say I'm not excited about the whole thing.
I mean, even my sisters will be able to dead easily install software on their Ubuntu system with this. All I have to do is tell them to go to CNR.com, surf around looking at screenshots, descriptions and click "install now" when they want to get it. It simply cannot get any easier than this.
Why do I see it as WD201 put in motion? Well, at the end of the document Linspire is specifically named as the company that has a position to play a role of legally bringing to GNU/Linux the stuff that it needs to dominate, stuff not available as Free Software (codecs, drivers mostly). CNR will be the channel through which this stuff will be delivered and it will be available not on one distro, but all major RPM and DEB distros. To me it seems quite clear the direction this is taking.
Now, of course, there is that old and important controversial question of whether including this proprietary software is good. I'm sure that many will reject to use CNR (even if their distro supports it) simply not to show support for a system which, among Free Software, installs non-free. I also don't yet know what to think about the fact that Linspire will obviously advertise proprietary software that they will also sell through CNR. They call it "commercial" and promote it by saying that this is what will be paying for this free CNR service. See a problem?
As much as I can agree with WD201 strategy of a *temporary compromise* to gain world changing power of world domination I don't necessarily agree with it being implemented in a way that will so prominently promote even proprietary software that is *not so essential* for World Domination.
I can only hope that while Linspire is helping GNU/Linux reach World Domination through CNR delivery service it will also work on and actively support development of Free Software for things for which proprietary software is needed today. But damn, they are to sell proprietary DVD players through CNR, something we've been having as Free Software for a long time. They're not providing only legal codecs.
That makes me wish to have a word with ESR like "this is NOT what the WD201 deal was about". :\
What are your opinions?