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NewsBytes: Comdex/Canada - Corel's Cowpland Touts Linux

Jul 13, 2000, 19:38 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Buckler)

"The day after Microsoft Corp. President and CEO Steve Ballmer laid out the computing world according to Microsoft, Michael Cowpland, chairman and CEO of Corel Corp. [TSE:COS][NASDAQ:COSFF] appeared on the same stage with a different message. A history of monopolies in the computer industry will end as the Linux operating system and other open standards gain ascendancy, Cowpland claimed."

"Cowpland pointed to the assorted standards on which the World Wide Web is built - Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), JavaBeans, and so forth - and said Linux is an ideal operating system for the Web. That is because, among other things, it was designed with the Web in mind, it is modular and open-source so that anyone can improve the code, and it can be managed remotely."

"Cowpland said the percentage of Web servers running Linux has increased to more than 30 percent while other operating systems' share of that market is declining. He also argued Linux will be a good system for electronic appliances, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the like, because of its small size and speed. Noting that a typical Windows PC takes about two minutes to start up and 20 seconds to shut down, Cowpland said Linux appliances "will start up faster than Windows shuts down."

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