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InfoWorld: The Corel-Inprise merger: a union of software chameleons

Feb 09, 2000, 15:16 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted Smalley Bowen, Ed Scannell)

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"Given the stated focus on Linux, questions have been raised about Corel/Inprise's commitment to Inprise's Windows tools beyond whatever is needed to craft a Windows-to-Linux migration strategy.

Besides the inherent risk in committing to an uncertain market, the merged company also has to prove to customers that support will be adequate, according to Jeff Tarter, editor of The Soft Letter, an industry newsletter based in Watertown, Mass.

'I am not sure there is a real market for Linux desktops. People [like Corel and other Linux distributors] with server operating systems seem to have this death wish to compete head to head with Windows. No one has ever done it successfully,' Tarter said."

"Considering the storied paths of these two companies, both of which have undergone numerous transformations and rebirths, the merger warrants a look at the partners' lineage..."

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