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Red Herring: Corel, others preach open source for PCsNov 17, 1999, 00:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Harvey)
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"Corel's press materials say the company's new OS is "not intended to replace existing desktop operating systems." It is instead targeted at "price-conscious, first-time consumers." But Corel CEO Michael Cowpland concedes that his company's new open source operating system will ultimately challenge Microsoft because Linux is a more reliable software platform than the consumer versions of Windows. "Once you get used to a system that doesn't crash, you don't want to go back," he says...."
"One significant edge Corel has here over other Linux developers is that Corel already makes consumer applications that take advantage of the Linux operating system. Derek Burney, Corel's executive vice president of engineering, says that by the middle of next year Corel will release its entire office suite for Linux-based PCs...."
"Making money is perhaps the trickiest thing about the business of distributing an operating system such as Linux, for which the source code is free. Corel hopes to make money by selling more business and graphics software to run on the Linux OS. "We're striving for price parity between our Linux and Windows-based applications," Mr. Burney says. "We needed to do a [Linux] distribution so that we would have a platform to sell our apps. We had to do it anyway, and the fact that we can pull in $59 or $79 is gravy."
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