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.

“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 into the corresponding programs, which are selected by the user.

Versora Progression Desktop Features

* Windows-to-Linspire automated migration of data, system and application

* 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