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Forbes: Linux Can't Fix Corel

Jun 12, 2000, 21:39 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa DiCarlo)

"Software maker Corel is a lot like some rock 'n' roll bands. It had one monster hit a few years ago and has tried desperately ever since to duplicate its early success."

"In Corel's case (nasdaq: CORL), the big hit was CorelDraw, graphics software that debuted in 1989 and gave PC users the ability to do graphic design. Since then, Corel has changed strategies all too frequently. ... When network computers (pitched as simpler, cheaper PCs) were a hot topic in the mid-1990s, Corel started a hardware division to build them and the software that ran on them. ... And when the idea of desktop Java applications--Java is a programming language invented by Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW)--were all the rage a few years ago, Corel dove in headfirst."

"Now it's betting its future on Linux, the free operating system that, like network computers and Java, is surrounded by a tremendous amount of buzz. It?s a risky bet. Corel is holding out most promise on the use of Linux as a desktop operating system. Its OS is called Corel Linux. That pits it directly against Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT) and its Windows franchise. That?s a daunting prospect, and it's not even clear that users want to run Linux as a desktop operating system. "

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