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Linsider: Snapshot: Linux Distributions

Apr 19, 2000, 15:54 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

[ Thanks to Fred Palmer for this link. ]

"Corel goes graphic, SuSE adds Windows and TurboLinux seeks an Oracle. It's all in a weeks work here at Linsider, as we take a look at the week that was for Linux Distributions."

"ZDNet's Interactive Week Online talked bluntly about Corel and it's move into the Linux arena: "Corel has a lot riding on the willingness of its customers to try its desktop Corel Linux OS and newly minted Linux versions of its CorelDraw and WordPerfect product lines." C|Net and The Graphics Muse talked about Corel's move into the Linux graphics marketplace. Combined with their release of CorelDraw for Linux two months ahead of schedule, their purchase of Bryce, Painter and Kai's PowerTools from MetaCreations has many people wondering just what might be coming for Linux desktop users from this Canadian company."

"According to a Wide Open News story, TurboLinux's CEO Cliff Miller is using the spread far and wide strategy, generally credited to Amazon, for generating business. Basically, the plan is to spread the reach of TurboLinux to all points North, South, East and West first, THEN attempt to make some money. Although not quite as popular as Red Hat in the US, TurboLinux has quite a foothold in Asia. This fact, and TurboLinux's open arms to proprietary software, has not escaped Oracle's notice. On Monday of last week, Oracle purchased a minority stake in the San Francisco based Linux distributor. Oracle's embrace of TurboLinux may give it an air of legitimacy to the enterprise computing market, especially with TurboLinux adding specific enhancements to improve Oracle's performance with that distribution."

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