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Upside: Corel-Inprise a 'Royal Flush'

Feb 08, 2000, 08:38 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Derek Burney, chief technology officer for Corel, saw the lack of technology overlap between the two companies as the crucial factor behind the merger.

'The way I see it, one of the companies has the ten and the king. The other has the jack, queen and ace,' Burney said. 'Individually, they're OK, but together they're a royal flush.'

Such a metaphor might prove more than apt. Given both companies' recent troubles as a direct result of Bill Gates & Co., putting the two together is a sizable gamble. Corel, which has failed twice in its efforts to unseat Microsoft as the dominant desktop application provider, watched its shares fall as low as $2 last spring. Inprise, meanwhile, has had its own troubled history, including a much-publicized 1997 lawsuit accusing Microsoft Corp. of poaching its top developers and executives.

Not surprisingly, both companies have turned out to be sudden and strong supporters of Linux. Last September Corel launched its very own Linux distribution. Inprise, meanwhile, has launched Kylix, a project to make its top software tools compatible for the Linux platform."

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