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Inter@ctive Week: Can Corel Coral Linux Market?

Feb 19, 2000, 19:28 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Corel and Inprise executives make their case that the merger is a bid to create a Linux company focused on moving desktop users off Microsoft's Windows and onto the Linux operating system, a space that many Linux companies, including Caldera, Red Hat and TurboLinux, have barely addressed. Only the book and software publisher, Macmillan USA, has come up with a Linux strategy that was as explicitly oriented toward Windows users, and it falls into the 'dual boot' category, generating more joint Windows and Linux systems residing on the same machine.

Corel means to migrate Windows users to its Corel Linux operating system through its WordPerfect 2000 Suite of Windows-compatible office ap plications, due in April. It will include the WordPerfect 8 word processor package, the QuattroPro spreadsheet, Presentations graphics and Paradox database. The spreadsheet and database applications were acquired from the former Borland four and three years ago, respectively, and Corel's Paradox and Borland's Delphi development tool 'still use the same database engine'..."

" 'It's absolutely essential that a Linux company provide a migration path from Windows to Linux. There are a lot of people looking to make the move,' says Derek Burney, chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at Corel. 'Corel Linux is the only distribution that recognizes the Windows files in a networked environment.' "

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