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Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, will on Thursday begin making commercial applications available to Ubuntu users directly through the desktop, in a step designed to simplify software installation.

The company is making Parallels Workstation for Linux available to users via the operating system’s built-in software update tool, using a feature called the Ubuntu Partner Repository. Parallels Workstation allows users to run Windows and Linux simultaneously on a single system.

“This is the first piece of software we have made available this way, which may make it look a bit odd,” a Canonical spokesman told ZDNet Asia sister site ZDNet UK. “But, very quickly, we will make more commercial software available in that repository, and make buying through the store an option for users that want commercial software running on Ubuntu.”

Parallels, formerly SWsoft, first became widely known for Parallels Desktop for Mac, which allows users to run Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X side by side on Intel-powered Macs. The company recently renamed itself after its best-known product. source

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