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LinuxPlanet: On the Failed Corel-Linux Merger - No Fat Lady Singing

May 18, 2000, 20:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"People are probably reading more into the failed Corel-Inrpise merger than is there. If you scan the business papers at all, you'd see that many corporate mergers fall through because of various circumstances. And even though both Inprise and Corel are important presences in the Linux world, neither could be said to be pure Linux plays: neither company derives most of its income from Linux products."

"Indeed, the merger failed not because of any shortcoming in Linux, but because of a simple thing: the economic parameters for the deal had changed between the time the deal was announced and the time the deal was supposed to be consummated. You could argue that a general decline in the Linux market led to a depression of stock prices on both sides, and you'd be right to an extent."

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