"Linspire, the troubled Linux distribution vendor, has recently
lost a top executive and a lead developer to the popular Ubuntu
Linux distribution. Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu, has
hired former Linspire staffers Randy Linnell and Brian
"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
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