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The Register: Corel-Intel Linux PC claim triggers row

Mar 10, 2000, 17:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Lea)

"Could 'Cortel' challenge Wintel? According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail on Thursday, Corel is talking to Intel, and an unnamed OEM with a view to launching a cheap Corel Linux PC, presumably also loaded with the WordPerfect suite. In an interview Corel CEO Michael Cowpland just before Corel's annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday. Cowpland said that talks had been going on 'for months'."

"This claim was later confirmed by Intel spokesman Doug Cooper, who added that "it's certainly good for consumers". But this is where it gets complicated. Shortly afterwards Intel denied it was in any such talks, and said that it was just naturally in an ongoing relationship with "hundreds and hundreds" of software companies to make sure their code ran properly on Intel chips."

"The Linux PC idea is a no-brainer so far as market interest is concerned, and it's just surprising that it has taken so long to get this far. Although the idea could be easily emulated by other consortia, the potential market size is big enough for quite a few players."

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