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Boston Globe: Linux breathes fire into old-time Microsoft rival

Dec 20, 1999, 18:57 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

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"Maybe this Linux thing is for real. Microsoft Corp. is about the only major company left that isn't cranking out Linux versions of high-quality software. And it's getting so just about anybody can get a basic Linux setup going without an advanced degree in software engineering."

"I found out the not-so-hard way last week with some help from Corel Corp. It's a Canadian firm that made a name for itself with high-class graphics software, only to almost self-destruct in a futile effort to compete with Microsoft in the office suite market. The near-death experience has done nothing to impart a new sense of humility to Corel CEO Michael Cowpland. Far from it-Cowpland's teeing it up again, and this time he's using Linux to go after Microsoft's core market in operating systems."

"The company sent me a copy of their new Corel Linux product. The basic package costs $59.95, but Corel sent me the $89.95 deluxe pack with some extra software and a cute little Linux penguin mascot toy."

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