December 26, 2005

Versora for Linspire Launched

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-- Migrating From Windows to Linux Simplified with New Versora Software. Easy-to-Use "Progression Desktop" Allows Users to Transfer E-mail, Files and Settings from Windows to Linspire

SAN DIEGO and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 22, 2005 - Versora and Linspire, Inc. today announced the release of Versora's Progression Desktop for Linspire. This easy-to-use migration tool allows users to transfer e-mail, files and settings from their Windows machine to a Linux machine, moving critical data, application settings, e-mail, calendar entries, contact lists, desktop settings and directory structures via a "Click-Next-Next-Finished" interface. Progression Desktop, which will be normally priced at $29.95, is available to Linspire CNR subscribers for a special introductory price of $14.95 and to CNR Gold subscribers for $9.95 through January 31, 2006. For more information about Progression Desktop for Linspire, please visit

"Combined with Versora's Progression Desktop, Linspire's easy-to-use operating system is the perfect replacement for Windows," said Mike Sheffey, CEO of Versora. "Progression Desktop allows consumers to quickly and easily replicate their Windows environment onto Linspire Linux without missing a beat."

Using Versora Progression Desktop makes setting up a Linux computer easy. Information from Windows XP programs such as Microsoft Outlook are moved to the equivalent Linux application (such as Mozilla's Thunderbird or Evolution). Similarly, it will migrate a user's settings from Internet Explorer to the Firefox Internet browser, Microsoft Word files to, or Instant Messenger buddy lists to the Linux IM client Gaim. For a full list of migration applications and their Linux equivalents, go to

"People don't want to recreate their files and settings or risk losing them altogether - it's one of the most common reasons people are hesitant to switch from Windows to desktop Linux," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire, Inc. "Other migration tools exist, but they're often hard to use. Versora's Progression Desktop makes transferring files and settings an easy process - and removes a huge barrier of entry for new desktop Linux users."

Progression Desktop will be available via the CNR Warehouse, an innovative software library available to Linspire users for downloading and installing software programs with one click. Purchasing Progression Desktop gives users the software they need for both their Windows and Linux machines. Once the Versora software is installed on Windows, it walks the user through simple steps to create the migration file. Once the Versora software is loaded on Linspire and the migration file is saved, the files and settings are automatically integrated in the corresponding programs, which are selected by the user.

Versora Progression Desktop Features

  • Windows-to-Linspire automated migration of data, system and application settings
  • Easy-to-use "Click-Next-Next-Finished" interface
  • Migrate e-mail, contacts and calendar entries from Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express to Evolution, KMail, Mozilla or Thunderbird
  • Migrate wallpaper, screen saver, keyboard settings, mouse settings and sound settings
  • Migrate AOL Instant Messenger lists and settings to GAIM or Kopete
  • Migrate Microsoft Office files and settings to
  • Migrate Microsoft Internet Explorer bookmarks, history and settings to Mozilla, Firefox or Konqueror
  • Migrate any or all files or folders mapped to any location

Pricing and Availability

Versora's Progression Desktop for Linspire is now available from Linspire at As an introductory special, the software is available to CNR subscribers for $14.95 and CNR Gold subscribers for $9.95 until Jan. 31, 2006. After Jan. 31, 2006, pricing for CNR subscribers will be $29.95 and $24.95 for CNR Gold subscribers.

About Versora

Versora is a leading provider of Windows to Linux migration solutions. Versora offers software and professional services that enable and accelerate enterprise Linux adoption. Solutions that Versora offer include Linux mail and collaboration migration from Microsoft Exchange servers, Linux database migration from Microsoft SQL servers, Apache web server migration from Microsoft IIS web servers, and Windows to Linux desktop migration. For more information about Versora, visit

About Linspire, Inc.

Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring choice into the operating system market. The company's flagship product, the Linspire operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for home, school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR ("click and run") Technology, which allows Linspire users access to thousands of software programs, each of which can be downloaded and installed with just one mouse click. The more than 2,400 software titles available in the CNR Warehouse ( include full office and productivity suites, games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and more.

For more information, please contact:

Heather MacKenzie
Linspire, Inc.
858-587-6700, ext. 263
858-587-8095 Fax"


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