The official news source from Ubuntu, The Fridge, has no less than four articles about the recent Linspire deal.
This partnership makes a lot of sense. As the Linux market keeps on consolidating around Red Hat and Novell, especially now that Microsoft seemingly backs the later, second-tier Linux distribution providers have no choice but to pool their resources. We expect not only more of such partnerships in the future but also mergers that go beyond technology to business level. Other Ubuntu-based distributions include Mint, Pioneer Linux and SimplyMEPIS