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ZDNet: Should I stay or should I go? Would anyone miss Corel if it left the Linux market?

Nov 30, 2000, 19:36 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Corel has never seemed to grasp where the Linux market was, is, or is going. When the company first came out with a distribution, it concentrated on a desktop play and ignored Linux's strengths in the server and Internet space."

"One could argue that Corel was simply capitalizing on its traditional desktop strengths and that it was thinking of the long term. But the rest of the Linux world has caught up and passed Corel's desktop "innovations." The file browser that Corel spun off the stock KDE version may have been novel when it was released, but it has since been surpassed by the Konqueror package that's now a standard part of KDE Release 2. The coming Eazel Nautilus tool will offer similar levels of sophistication for GNOME users."

"In retrospect, Corel's strategy was not ahead of its time. The company merely took an open source project -- the KDE file manager -- in a new direction in order to include something unique, if not proprietary, in the initial Corel Linux release. But the company is paying a price for that move today: Corel is out of touch with the community development that is now bypassing its own efforts. The KDE and GNOME bazaars have overwhelmed the Corel cathedral."

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