Linspire, the company behind the commercial Linspire and the Freespire community desktop Linux, announced Jan. 31 that it was offering a new custom desktop Linux Build Service to its partners.
The service is designed to make it easier for resellers and white box vendors to quickly deliver affordable custom desktop Linux configurations to customers. Linspire has courted this market for many years. Indeed, Linspire, its commercial Linux, is for all intents and purposes a reseller, rather than end-user, desktop Linux.
During the last 12 months, both major-Dell and Lenovo-and minor-Asus and Everex-hardware vendors have started making desktop Linux available to customers. With the failure of Vista to gain business desktop market share, desktop Linux is becoming more attractive to business users, and thus becoming more interesting to the channel.