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Montreal Gazette: Corel relies heavily on Linux use kicking in

May 19, 2000, 16:09 (2 Talkback[s])

"While Linux is expected to contribute to Corel's bottom line eventually, the troubled software firm is pushing hard to get Dell or IBM onboard quickly."

"Faced with declining demand for its legacy graphics and office-productivity software, Corel Corp. is in dire need of new revenue streams. Those won't be coming from Corel's foray into the Linux market, experts say - at least not right away."

"We haven't yet seen what we would like to see as critical-mass adoption of Linux on the desktop," admitted Derek Burney, Corel's chief technology officer. "Until that happens, we don't expect to see that hockey-stick effect," in which a graph of revenue growth resembles a hockey stick in profile."

"By developing a Linux operating system and Linux versions of its Office Suite and Draw packages, Corel is gambling that a desktop market will emerge, fast enough to shore up declining revenue from its non-Linux lines. This is far from certain."

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