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VNUnet: Corel's desperate gamble on Linux

Feb 21, 2000, 16:17 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Lauchlan)

"Part of the problem is clearly that the deal smacks of desperation. Corel has fought a desperate uphill competitive struggle for years against Microsoft, while Inprise has suffered from the same slowdown in the tools market that has afflicted most of the vendors in that space since the emergence of Java."

"Then there's the added problem of other suppliers getting the open source bug and starting to flood the market with free software. Most notably, there is a real danger from Sun Microsystems. Corel clearly hopes that Linux will provide a boost to the prospects of its Wordperfect suite, which has lost out to Microsoft Office almost from day one.

But Sun is already giving away personal productivity suite Staroffice on Linux for free. The product is generally regarded as functionally comparable to Microsoft Office, and has been available on Linux for a few years, unlike the relatively untried Linux-flavoured Wordperfect. If a potential customer is actively looking for an alternative office application suite, then which is likely to appear the safer bet?"

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