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GraphicsMuse: The Top 20 Influential People, Products and Companies in the Linux Graphics Marketplace

Apr 17, 2000, 17:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

[ Thanks to Michael J. Hammel for this link. ]

"Blender, Xanim, Gimp - each of these has made an impact in the Linux Graphics marketplace. But they aren't alone. Recent announcements from Corel have people wondering just what's in store for graphic artists who choose Linux. In this article I'll look at who and what to pay attention to in the coming months - and why you'll want to do so."

"There is a burgeoning interest in graphics on Linux. Recently I was even interviewed by C|Net regarding this relatively untapped region of the Linux marketplace. The impetus for this interest was the announcement by Corel that they had purchased Bryce, Painter and Kai's Power Tools from MetaCreations. MetaCreations', as you may be aware, is abandoning their graphics tools business is favor of streaming media technologies. Whether this is a good or bad move on MetaCreations part is fodder for future discussion. But Corel's purchase has everyone wondering. With their big dive into the Linux world, does this mean we'll be seeing Painter on Linux soon? Maybe. If you can spell "WINE." But, like MetaCreations business moves, this too is something we'll have to address later."

"What I'm interested in here today is the impact that certain companies, projects and individuals have in the graphics arena on Linux. Corel, who's primary product till now has been WordPerfect (which left this author wanting for something, well, stable) makes a big purchase of products that don't currently have anything to do with Linux and the rest of the computing world sits up and takes notice. Literally. No one slouched on this announcement. It's an eye opener to a world currently fixated on back room servers and embedded systems. The roses are blooming, folks. Take a whiff of the future of Linux. It is the desktop."

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