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The Register: Corel Linux sale 'best thing' for OS, claims exec

Feb 06, 2001, 14:16 (9 Talkback[s])

"Corel's recently announced spin-off of its Linux distribution is the "best thing for Linux", according to Rene Schmidt, Executive VP for Corel's Linux Product Group. Of course, it could also be said to be a very good thing for the company as well, writes Bruce Tober."

"In the process of reaching early adopters, we received a lot of customer feedback indicating that, for a company to be successful in the Linux mainstream, it needs to provide a complete end-to-end solution," said Schmidt. "Corel believes that a spin-off will provide better focus for our resources and this focus will better position our Linux offerings as key components of an end-to-end solution."

"Of course, some observers still see the hidden hand of Bill Gates in all this. However, Schmidt damned as "nonsense" conspiracy theories which say that Microsoft's purchase of a large chunk of Corel last year played a part in the decision to get shot of its Linux distribution. "Microsoft's shares in the company are strictly non-voting shares," he told The Register. "They have absolutely no say in anything we do, absolutely none."

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