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StockHouse.ca: Corel's Cowpland Confident Linux Will Catch Windows By 2004 [Interview]

Apr 25, 2000, 04:14 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian D. Robinson)

[ Thanks to Godi for this link. ]

"In an exclusive interview with StockHouse, Corel CEO Michael Cowpland touched on a wide range of topics, from the planned launch of 18 new Linux-based products by the end of the year, to the most recent lawsuit, which claims among other things that Corel "aided and abetted the breach of fiduciary duty," in its planned merger with Inprise [INPR]."

"StockHouse: Tell me about the latest PC Data numbers. You have nearly a 20% share in February, which is up from over 8% in November of last year.

Cowpland: Considering that we're kind of creating the desktop for Linux from scratch because up to now, people have said it was purely a server-based OS and the market didn't exist with that stuff, I think we've begun to prove that wrong and now we're beginning to develop the market for the desktop. And in some ways we were pleasantly surprised because until the applications are there we thought this would just get a few enthusiasts going, but now we are shipping the WordPerfect Office for Linux."

"StockHouse: What message came out of Linux Expo in Montreal?

Cowpland: Well, it's exciting to see all the embedded devices emerging. There is now, I think, a real-time Linux and some very strong embedded Linux versions as well as all these devices that are coming out. We're very excited from our own point of view with the launch of all these new Linux appliances. In fact, we're forecasting that Linux devices will be on par with Windows within 5 years in terms of units. Basically, we're forecasting around a 400 million-install base of Windows by 2004 versus about 400 million Linux, mainly on the appliance side."

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