Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu, has hired former Linspire staffers Randy Linnell and Brian Thomason.
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Prior to joining Canonical, Linnell was Linspire's VP of business development. Linnell is credited with having made the commercial software deals that brought legal proprietary software to Linspire. This has included DVD players, multimedia codecs, and drivers. In addition, he arranged for proprietary programs, such as the desktop virtualization program Parallels Workstation for Linux, to be offered to Linspire and Freespire users through Linspire's Click 'N Run (CNR) system.