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GartnerGroup: Corel and Inprise Merge Into a Linux Vendor

Apr 09, 2000, 20:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Driver, C. Le Tocq)

"Corel continues to transform itself into an independent software vendor of Linux. Its acquisition of Inprise may offer real-world competitive advantages to further this evolution...."

"GartnerGroup believes that long-term strategic value from this acquisition will be solely gained by synergy created by combined efforts of Corel and Inprise. Given the radically different market focuses of each company, the only common thread we find with which to weave such synergy is Linux. In fact, the new company has described itself as a "Linux powerhouse," with Corel focusing on front-office applications and Inprise focusing on AD tools and middleware (see Note 2). Corel has indicated that it will also focus new efforts around Web-based environments, including wireless and mobile computing and Internet appliances...."

"Inprise supports Linux versions of its Visibroker 4.0 CORBA ORB, its Inprise Application Server and its JBuilder Java development tool kit. Inprise is currently beta-testing its InterBase 6 database for Linux as an open-source project. Moreover, the company provides a Java just-in-time compiler and has codeveloped (along with Sun and Blackdown.org) a Linux port of Sun's JDK 1.2. Furthermore, Inprise has announced it will introduce a rapid AD toolset (code-named Kylix) for Linux by mid-2000. Inprise's focus on Linux has grown over the last year to focus much of the spotlight away from its traditional markets."

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