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Reuters: Canada's Corel counts on Linux for market boost

Aug 20, 1999, 01:44 (2 Talkback[s])

"He's renowned for his frenetic pace, but Michael Cowpland, founder of software developer Corel Corp., says this time patience will pay off with market gains when his firm releases its first Linux product in November."

"Corel Linux, software that makes the complex operating system easier to use on desktop computers, is expected to ship in November. That will be followed by WordPerfect Office for Linux in early 2000 and software packages, such as graphics, later that year.

Corel wants to bring Linux to the mainstream. If just 10 percent of the 100 million PCs shipped annually carry Linux, that also opens the door for sales of Corel software that runs on that technology."

"With the plummeting cost of computers and the advent of free PCs that come with Internet subscriptions, manufacturers need a cheap operating system to keep down expenses. Linux fits

that bill and Corel's advantage is offering a so-called "dual boot" system that allows a user to pick either Windows or Linux."

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