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Corel Linux statement - A Time For Clarification

Sep 23, 1999, 16:24 (29 Talkback[s])

The following was sent to us by Judith O'Brien, of Corel Corporation.

The talk continues about Corel's beta testing phase for Corel Linux and I wanted to send you our response to the criticisms that have arisen over the past few days. Hopefully this will clarify our beta testing phase and our commitment to the open source community. Please give me a call if you have any questions. Thanks.

A Time For Clarification

Corel wishes to clarify some issues that have arisen concerning the Beta testing phase of Corel® LINUX®.

The Beta testing phase for Corel LINUX, and the related Corel Beta Testing Agreement is in no way intended to contravene the terms of the GNU GPL or any other applicable Open Source license agreement. The restrictions on reproduction and distribution of the Beta version of Corel LINUX contained in the Beta Testing Agreement are intended to apply only to those components of Corel LINUX that were independently developed by Corel without the use of Open Source software.

Corel has decided to restrict the reproduction and distribution of these independently-developed components because further testing of these features is required before distributing them to a wider audience. As these added features will bear the Corel brand name, we wish to ensure that they are of the high quality that people expect from Corel.

In order to rectify some of the confusion surrounding the Beta testing program, Corel will be amending its Beta Testing Agreement to further delineate between Beta testers~R use of Open Source code components and Corel-developed code. As planned, beta testers will be receiving the source code to both the Open Source code and Corel modifications to them within the next week to 10 days, and are free to distribute these modifications in accordance with the terms of the applicable Open Source license agreement.

Corel will not be providing the source code to those portions of the Beta version of Corel LINUX that were independently developed by Corel without the use of Open Source software. As stated previously, once these features are deemed to be ready for general release, Corel will make the source code available under an Open Source licence, the terms of which will be disclosed at a later date.

Corel remains committed to supporting the Open Source community, and has been working closely with the Linux community for the last few years. Corel has also contributed a significant amount of work to the open source Wine Project, which allows 32-bit Windows applications to run on Linux, and has worked to make Linux more accessible to mainstream users via Corel LINUX.

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